We just launched a new Web-privacy-related webapp, and want to show it off to you.
There are over 20 tests to extract various kinds of information from the browser's history; the most obvious application is to check for visits to the most popular websites and blogs, which we grouped into categories (banks, pr0n sites, dating sites, social networks, etc.) We're also monitoring for more sensitive content, such as all visited Wikileaks articles and administrative pages, visited .gov and .mil websites, as well as Google search queries and zipcodes typed into forms. In addition to that, we're indexing over fifty most popular RSS newsfeeds (including Boing Boing, of course) to determine which recent news stories the user has read; also, for social news sites, we're trying to determine the user's username by detecting visited profile pages.
We also meticulously documented the problem and listed possible solutions in hope of educating casual Web users as well as browser vendors about this issue. Most people still have no idea that such history detection is possible, and in fact trivially easy to implement; what's worse, there are no simple ways to protect against this (other than disabling history altogether). I hope that by publicizing the issue we can get browser vendors to figure out sane ways of solving the problem to make our browsing histories private again, and would appreciate your help.
What the Internet knows about you
From 6PM-730PM this Thursday, May 23, I'm presenting at the Exposition Park Library (Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library, 3900 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90062) on the problems of Big Tech and how the problems of monopolization (in tech and every other industry) is supercharged by the commercial surveillance industry -- and what […]
Economist international editor Edward Lucas devotes 4,000+ words in the new issue of Foreign Policy to the changing landscape of state espionage in the 21st century; it's not particularly well-organized (if there's a reason for the order in which his thoughts are laid out, I couldn't find it), but despite that, it's well worth a […]
Google has augmented its preferences for personal data retention; in addition to choosing to have all your data stored until you delete it, or having no data stored (thus depriving you of the benefits of personalization), the company has a new intermediate option: a rolling deletion program, which lets you specify that any data older […]
Raspberry Pi is one of the world’s most versatile open-source computers. Alexa is a home automation hub with limitless potential. Together, they’re a dream team for ambitious makers, opening the door to everything from automatic lights to voice-controlled robots. Learning Raspberry Pi is meant to be relatively easy for newbies, but its applications with Alexa […]
Heads up: The clock is winding down on a free-entry contest to win not only one of the best smartphones on the market but a handy pair of earbuds. A simple sign-up is all you need to be eligible to win a 256 GB iPhone XS Max, along with AirPods. And while “free” is tough […]
Kudos to those of us who have chosen a less wasteful third option to “paper or plastic” at the supermarket or club stores. Tote bags are reusable, but they can be a pain to tote around. Here’s an upgrade to that planet-saving measure. The Club Cart Lotus Trolley Bag is that rare tote you’ll want […]