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frank published Mobile browsers: Opera Mobile 12 shines in html5test.
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Look at Opera Mobile 12 stealing Chrome Mobile’s & Firefox Mobile’s thunder:
And while there’s more to browsers then just HTML5-support, Opera Mobile 12 also seems to offer greater support for modern web technology features than IE9.
Although browser addons such as NoScript and Ghostery (which is cross-browser with some limitations) provide great protection against tracking, some people prefer not to have to install plugins. Firefox does have configuration options to somewhat limit what trackers can do. You can follow the knowledge base article here to learn how to disable 3rd party cookies (the default setting in Safari, which Google was caught circumventing).
If you’re up to it, you also simply open up the almighty “about:config” and tinker with the following settings (some of which aren’t available in the browser UI):
- network.cookie.cookieBehavior with values:
- “0”: allow all cookies (default)
- “1”: don’t allow 3rd party cookies
- “2”: don’t allow any cookies
- network.cookie.thirdparty.lifetimePolicy with values:
- “0”: keep cookies for as long as the server asks
- “1”: ask the user on each and every cookie set (try it out if only for fun, you’d be surprise how much cookies are set)
- “2”: cookie gets deleted when you close your browser (i.e. at the end of the session)
- “3”: cookies have a lifetime as defined in the “network.cookie.lifetime.days ” preference
- network.cookie.thirdparty.sessionOnly: set to “true” or “false”
- privacy.donottrackheader.enabled: set to “false” (default) or “true”, which gently asks sites not to track you
Setting “network.cookie.thirdparty.sessionOnly” to “true” is a low-impact change which should stop tracking-companies (think Media6degrees or Quantcast) from following you around the web.
If you want to stop Facebook, Google & Co to stop tracking you around the web as well, the above setting will not suffice. You should either log out of their sites as soon as you’ve done your business there or set “network.cookie.cookieBehavior” to “1” (which will break their “social widgets”). Or you can install Ghostery or NoScript, off course.
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frank posted Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings.
frank published If it looks like a duck; ditching Google Search (again).
Let’s apply the duck-test to Google;
- They severely limited access for Scroogle, the Google-scraper for privacy-nuts, to the point where it is effectively out of service (although apparently Google isn’t the only one to blame)
- They have been caught with their hands in your cookie jar, not only bypassing user’s cookie preferences in Safari but also in Internet Explorer
So if Google looks, swims and quacks like it doesn’t care about user privacy, it must be that it … doesn’t care about user privacy.
I on the other hand do care about my privacy, so I decided to put even less eggs in Google’s basket: I’ve switched my search-engine to startpage.com, which is operated by a Dutch company (i.e. one which has to comply with stricter European privacy laws) and which guarantees privacy while being powered by Google.
Startpage’s only downside: they are blocked by our company internet-filter because they provide proxy-services, so as an alternative I also use the less powerful DuckDuckGo (I changed keyword.url in Firefox’ about:config to “https://duckduckgo.com/?q=”). And a nice bonus; DuckDuckGo also has a nice Android-app, which I have installed to replace Google Search on my Sammy SII as well.
I’m on the beta-release channel for both my desktop and mobile Firefox and my desktop has been running version 11 (with SPDY) for over a week now, but there hasn’t been an update for Firefox Mobile Beta in the Android Market yet. Apparently the Mozillians are working hard to finish the complete overhaul of the front-end, which integrates with Android UI (instead of using Mozilla’s own XUL) and services (synchronization in particular).
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