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Chrome & Safari care about privacy! FF & IE suck!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by kyrgyz, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    I switched to using Chrome browser only after reading this:

    Web browser flaw secretly bares all

    What else to expect from IE? I am surprised about FF being like that though.
  2. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    I'm not surprised that it's there...actually most of the time, you admit where you've been thru the use of cookies anyway. And as someone in the comments section of the article mentioned, there has been a plugin for FF for ages to stop this.

    As to the information coming from Interclick...I trust them about as far as I could throw them. They are a data mining company.
  3. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    Stealing someone's whole browsing history is invasion of privacy and way beyond just cookie storing or whatever.

    This should come by default. It was a very shortsighted approach by FF Mozilla, IMHO.
  4. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    I've always assumed that my browsing history wasn't private anyway. But if you want to place blame, start at the root...the data mining companies because without them, no one would care unless you are in a work environment.
  5. SilverCircle

    SilverCircle Well-Known Member

    The author of the article doesn't seem to understand the technical details of the problem and is making a fuss about "history sniffing" which really looks like some FUD to me. The exploit doesn't allow to sniff or read your browser history, it merely allows a site to check whether you have visited one or more specific links before. Yes, that's still a privacy issue and shouldn't be possible but it doesn't mean a site can scan your entire browsing history.

    It's really old news now and the issue is fixed in Firefox for quite a while.

    Really, there are much worse things you should be concerned about unless you fully disable Flash, JavaScript and cookies and always use private browsing sessions.

    This is exactly what is NOT possible by using this method.

    If you are interested in the tech details: Here is how and why it works
    Shadab and jasetaro like this.
  6. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    That's good to know.
  7. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    Haha @ chromo cares about privacy. Google is most likely *the* biggest information mining company in the world.

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