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Image1Everything you need to safely browse the Internet. This package requires no installation. Just extract it and run.

Want Tor to really work?

You need to change some of your habits, as some things won’t work exactly as you are used to.

1. Use the Tor Browser Tor does not protect all of your computer’s Internet traffic when you run it. Tor only protects your applications that are properly configured to send their Internet traffic through Tor. To avoid problems with Tor configuration, we strongly recommend you use the Tor Browser Bundle. It is pre-configured to protect your privacy and anonymity on the web as long as you’re browsing with the Tor Browser itself. Almost any other web browser configuration is likely to be unsafe to use with Tor.

2. Don’t enable or install browser plugins The Tor Browser will block browser plugins such as Flash, RealPlayer, Quicktime, and others: they can be manipulated into revealing your IP address. Similarly, we do not recommend installing additional addons or plugins into the Tor Browser, as these may bypass Tor or otherwise harm your anonymity and privacy. The lack of plugins means that Youtube videos are blocked by default, but Youtube does provide an experimental opt-in feature (enable it here) that works for some videos.

3. Use HTTPS versions of websites Tor will encrypt your traffic to and within the Tor network, but the encryption of your traffic to the final destination website depends upon on that website. To help ensure private encryption to websites, the Tor Browser Bundle includes HTTPS Everywhere to force the use of HTTPS encryption with major websites that support it. However, you should still watch the browser URL bar to ensure that websites you provide sensitive information to display a blue or green URL bar button, include https:// in the URL, and display the proper expected name for the website.

4. Don’t open documents downloaded through Tor while online The Tor Browser will warn you before automatically opening documents that are handled by external applications. DO NOT IGNORE THIS WARNING. You should be very careful when downloading documents via Tor (especially DOC and PDF files) as these documents can contain Internet resources that will be downloaded outside of Tor by the application that opens them. This will reveal your non-Tor IP address. If you must work with DOC and/or PDF files, we strongly recommend either using a disconnected computer, downloading the free VirtualBox and using it with a virtual machine image with networking disabled, or using Tails. Under no circumstances is it safe to use BitTorrent and Tor together, however.

5. Use bridges and/or find company Tor tries to prevent attackers from learning what destination websites you connect to. However, by default, it does not prevent somebody watching your Internet traffic from learning that you’re using Tor. If this matters to you, you can reduce this risk by configuring Tor to use a Tor bridge relay rather than connecting directly to the public Tor network. Ultimately the best protection is a social approach: the more Tor users there are near you and the more diverse their interests, the less dangerous it will be that you are one of them. Convince other people to use Tor, too!

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images“Every time you use the web, companies are watching, collecting, and storing info about you and your web activity.

DoNotTrackMe (DNTMe) is free privacy software that prevents online tracking and improves your security on the Internet.

DNTMe blocks hundreds of online trackers on millions of sites, and is rated “Spectacular” by CNET.

When you’re using DNTMe:

– View the number of trackers you’re blocking like Facebook and Google Analytics.
– Block cookies that store your info.
– Block ads with tracking capability, including annoying ads that seem to follow you everywhere you go.
– Get privacy alerts when we have news or tips about the site you’re visiting. For example, if Facebook changes their privacy policy, you’ll get an alert the next time you visit Facebook.

Your privacy:
DNTMe is a tool that that prevents online tracking, so naturally, we don’t collect any data about our users.

Questions?
Check out the FAQs or support page.

*Note- Do Not Track Me was previously called DoNotTrackPlus or Do Not Track Plus.”

Get DoNotTrackMe here

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Firefox “So you browse hundreds and thousands of websites daily, but do you know that when you open up a website from any external link, HTTP referrer information headers are being passed to that site.

Suppose you got a link in your email by your friend pointing you to some website. When you open up that link, you are passing the information that from where have you been redirected from. So if you are using your office mail account, that website will have information that you came to them from your office mail which may also  show the name of the company you work for.

In Firefox you can disable and block the passing of HTTP Referrer headers –

Open Firefox, and on address bar type about:config and press enter.
Look for config key network.http.sendRefererHeader and double click on it and change the value from 2 to 0.

So next time you open up a link, it’ll block the referrer URL to be passed to that website.”

Once you have completed the steps above test it out at http://www.whatismyreferer.com

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325576-64AnonymoX is an initiative for anonymization in the internet. The aim is to restore the users right of anonymity in the web.

Most websites monitor the behaviour of their users, giving the websites hosts the ability to analyze the general users behaviour and create detailed user profiles, which often times are sold to third parties.

A thread for the freedom of speech of the internet manifests in the repression through federal or private organizations.

More and more governments censor websites with the excuse of child safety, copyright infringement or the fight against terrorism and thereby limit the freedom of speech.

Also blocking users by based on their origin with GeoIP-Blocks is applied often, for example at Media platforms like YouTube.

With anonymoX your are able to bypass many sorts of blocks by jelling a virtual Identity in another Country with only a few mouse clicks.

Short summary of it’s functionality
Instead of accessing a website directly, it’ll be first opened by one of our servers, called Proxy.

This Proxy hides your true internet identiy and makes it look as if not you, but the Proxy is currently visiting the website.

anonymoX is cost-free in its basic version, which is made possible by including some ads. But we provide a chargeable Premium version allowing extended use of our anonymization network.

Please note our Guidline for proper use, if correct functionality and anonymity is very important to you.

Download anonymoX here

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imagesToday’s internet landscape include a new threat even from presumably legitimate downloads. Configuration changes (or hijacks) have gone into mainstream habits of software publishers. That’s where BrowserProtect comes to rescue. It monitors your browser against homepage and search hijacks.

Install BrowserProtect Premium from www.browserprotect.org to get your Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer fully protected against a broader set of hijacks including homepage, search provider, extension, add-on, BHO and other hijacks

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From Digital Trends

The Web is a dangerous place for privacy. Here, a list of the companies that are tracking your Web activity on the top 100 most-visited websites in the United States.

It’s no secret: Every move you make on the Web is being tracked, recorded, compiled, and used to sell advertising or otherwise finance the sites that we all know and love.

But such activity has come under increasing scrutiny from privacy advocates, and even the U.S. government. Which got me thinking: What are these companies that are doing the tracking? And which websites are they using to gather this information? Using two of the most popular anti-tracking extensions, Ghostery and Do Not Track Plus, I visited each of the top 100 most-visited websites in the U.S., according to Alexa, to dig a bit deeper into this whole tracking debacle.

In total, about 125 different companies or company products are used to track your online activity through the top 100 sites. Many of these are simple advertising networks — but others are particularly nefarious. To get a better sense of what each of these companies are, I reached out to attorney Sarah Downey, a privacy strategist for Abine, which created Do Not Track Plus. Based on her extensive research, here are some of the companies you should be most concerned about.

Read the full article here

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Better Privacy serves to protect against special longterm cookies, a new generation of ‘Super-Cookie’, which silently conquered the Internet. This new cookie generation offers unlimited user tracking to industry and market research.

Concerning privacy Flash-cookies are most critical. This add-on was made to make users aware of those hidden, never expiring objects and to offer an easier way to view and to manage them – since browsers are unable to do that for you.

Flash-cookies (Local Shared Objects, LSO) are pieces of information placed on your computer by a Flash plug-in. Those Super-Cookies are placed in central system folders. They are frequently used like standard browser cookies. Although their thread potential is much higher as of conventional cookies, only few users began to take notice of them.

BetterPrivacy allows to list and manage Flash-cookies, e.g. to remove those objects automatically on browser start, browser exit or by a configurable timer function while certain desired Flash cookies can be excluded from automatic deletion. So this extension becomes sort of “install and forget add-on”. Usually automatic deletion is safe (no negative impact on your browsing), especially if the deletion timer is activated.

The timer can delay automatic deletion for new or modified Flash-cookies which might be in use. It also allows to delete those objects immediately if desired. Users who wish to to manage all Flash-cookies manually can disable the automatic functions or exclude certain Flash-cookies from automatic deletion.

Some Flash-cookie (LSO) properties in short…
– they are never expiring – staying on your computer for an unlimited time.
– by default they offer a storage of 100 KB (compare: Usual cookies 4 KB).
– browsers are not fully aware of LSO’s, They often cannot be displayed or managed by browsers.
– via Flash they can access and store highly specific personal and technical information (system, user name, files,…).
– ability to send the stored information to the appropriate server, without user’s permission.
– Flash applications do not need to be visible
– there is no easy way to tell which Flash-cookie sites are tracking you.
– shared folders allow cross-browser tracking, LSO’s work in every flash-enabled application
– the Flash company doesn’t provide a user-friendly way to manage LSO’s, In fact it’s incredible cumbersome.
– many domains and tracking companies make extensive use of Flash-cookies.
This kind of cookies is not harmless.

————————- IMPORTANT ————————-
IF YOU PERMIT DELETION OF LSO’s,
THEN COOKIE-STORED INFORMATION LIKE
GAME SETTINGS OR LOGIN DATA (YAHOO SEAL)
MIGHT BE LOST! MAKE SURE THAT YOU EXCLUDED
IMPORTANT COOKIES FROM DELETION (SEE FAQ)

Frequently asked questions (FAQ):
Please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Recommended comprehensive Flash-cookie article (topic: UC Berkeley research report)
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/you-deleted-your-cookies-think-again/

Wikipedia LSO information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Shared_Object

See what Google finds:
http://google.com/search?q=flash-cookie+super-cookie

Privacy test:
http://nc.ddns.us/BetterPrivacy.htm (right column, Flash needed)

Get the Better Privacy extension here

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