Those of us who use Tor are probably already concerned about privacy. So, in that sense, are you aware of your browser fingerprint?

For those unfamiliar with the term, browser fingerprinting is a method of tracking web browsers by the configuration and settings data that they make available to websites. This type of tracking reveals a considerable amount of information about you, whether you realize it or not.

We Know Everything About You…

There are a number of sites where you can check to see if your device has a unique fingerprint, as well as what kind of information you’re sending out about yourself. One of the better known ones is Panopticlick, by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Panopticlick, in a nutshell, tests whether

or not your browser blocks tracking ads, invisible trackers, and other sorts of trackers.

If you then decide to view the details of the results, Panopticlick will display those in a chart. The chart shows such information as your screen size and color depth, limited supercookie test, browser plugin details, and time zone.

Of course, Panopticlick is only one such site that can test your device fingerprint, and some actually do more thorough tests than others.

JonDonym also offers a free fingerprinting test that actually goes into more detail than the Panopticlick test. Their tester can be found at IP check.

If you aren’t protected by any sort of anonymizing software or privacy enhancement, IP Check will show your true IP address, location, and user-agent (web browser and operating system), among other information. (Someone I know described this as “Panopticlick on steroids.”)

Besides these two fingerprint tests, there are others. Two you may want to try are Am I unique? and Browserprint (which is based on publicly available code from “Am I unique” and Fingerprintjs2, another open-source test.)

While you could write separate articles on each of these, here’s a quick summary. Like Panopticlick, Am I unique tells you how much you stand out based on what browser you’re using, which OS you’re running, what language you’re configured to use, and other settings.

If you so choose, you can view your fingerprint in detail as well. Browserprint, in the same vein, will try to determine if you have a unique fingerprint. Before starting the test, you can specify if you’re using a VPN, spoofing part of your fingerprint, etc. Like the others, it will reveal a lot about your machine!

All this to say – it’s a little scary how much information your device and/or browser can reveal about you. So, your next question may be, “How the hell can I protect myself?”

There are a number of ways, as a matter of fact.

If you try the Panopticlick test while using Tor, particularly at the highest security setting, it may say “Your browser has an almost-unique fingerprint.” (At least that was my experience.)

Part of the reason that the Tor browser reduces the uniqueness of your fingerprint is because by default, it includes the NoScript extension, which I’m sure most Tor users are familiar with.

NoScript allows JavaScript, Java, Flash, and other plugins to be executed only on sites which you deem trustworthy. Plugins like these, as you may or may not know, collect a lot of information about you and your system.

Granted, some sites won’t function properly with NoScript running, which is why it has a whitelist function for particular sites. It also protects against attacks like Cross-Site Scriptingand Clickjacking.

You can also install NoScript on a standard Firefox browser, and it will serve the same function that it does on Tor.

Anyhow, the basic point is that the more you appear to be like everyone else on the internet, the less of a unique fingerprint you have.

Suggestion: A Privacy Userscript

There is another tool which I came across that does not involve Tor, but can enhance your privacy while using Firefox.

Specifically, it’s a privacy-enhancing userscript for Firefox, developed by blacklight447.

Are you familiar with the term userscript? If not, it refers to an open-source licensed add-on for a browser that can change a web page as it’s loaded.

That being said, what this particular userscript does is to block some unsafe crypto-suites in Firefox, as well as blocking a number of standard scripts from running. It can be found at GitHub: blacklight447’s Firefox privacy enhancing userscript

While this userscript doesn’t provide full anonymity, it is an improvement over the standard Firefox browser settings.

For those of you who use Freenet, the same userscript is available on there as well Freenet: blacklight’s privacy userscript. If any of you have a chance to try this out, feel free to share your experience in the comments.

JonDoFox and JonDo Proxy

As mentioned above, JonDo offers a number of privacy-enhancing tools (some of which are free, and some which you have to pay for). I’m more of a fan of the free stuff, personally.

Among these is JonDoFox, a profile for Firefox that’s optimized for anonymity and security. While it’s not as secure as using the Tor browser, it’s definitely an improvement. JonDoFox automatically uses the JonDo Proxy by default, as well as NoScript and a few other plugins.

So you may want to check this one out as well.

You Haven’t Seen Me…

These browsers and userscripts are just a few of the many tools that can reduce your browser fingerprint. It is, of course, something that’s good to become aware of, especially if you’re concerned about who’s tracking you and your browsing habits.

Or did you never wonder why those same underwear ads keep following you on every website you visit?

Source : deepdotweb

Categorized in Search Engine

Update: Google has just consolidated a lot of these features into the new My Accountarea. It's got a better user interface and lets you view and erase your history as well as change your security settings. 

Google keeps tabs on a lot of data about you. How and when you surf, the search terms you use, the pages you visit (if you visit them while logged into your Google Account from a Chrome browser, an Android device, or by clicking on them in Google.) Google also makes demographic assumptions based on analysis of that data. 

You could avoid the problem entirely by searching in "incognito" mode. It's a good option if you know you're going to surf something (ahem) objectionable. But chances are that you've already been searching along and giving Google plenty of data to mine. Some of it may be more helpful than others.  

Don't panic. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. There is a certain Big Brother-ish notion to all this stuff Google "knows" about you, but most of it is pretty ordinary, right? The Internet is powered by advertising. Wouldn't you rather have ads that are relevant and might save you money on something you actually would buy? When you're searching for something, wouldn't you rather Google remember the sorts of things you usually click on in order to offer you results that are more relevant? 

You can view what Google knows and erase only the things that you don't want Google to consider when serving up your ads. Here's an example. What if someone mentioned a Justin Bieber song and you Google it.

Hey, you don't even like Justin Beiber, but now the banner ads in half your favorite websites are showing nothing but Justin Bieber. Erase it!

First step: log into your Google account and go to history.google.com

You should see something pretty similar to the screen capture I made of my history. No Justin Bieber here, but I did search for demotivational posters. Maybe I want to delete those. 

Once you review your Google history, you can remove anything you don't want to sit around in your Google history causing embarrassing ads or new and exciting discoveries for your children to accidentally find in your search history. 

Just check the box to the left of the item and then click on the remove button. 

You could do the same thing by clearing your browser history and cookies, but that only works on the computer you're using. 

Clearing it from your Google history works for searches from any computer where you were logged into your Google account. 

But wait, there's more. You can go beyond just deleting your history. You can actually download it, too.  

 If you'd like, you can download your Google history. Click on the settings icon and then click download. You'll get a gigantic warning. 

Download a copy of your data

Please read this carefully, it's not the usual yada yada.

Create an archive of your search history data. This archive will only be accessible to you. We will email you when the archive is ready to download from Google Drive. Learn more

Important information about your Google data archives 

  • Do not download your archive on public computers and ensure your archive is always under your control; your archive contains sensitive data.Protect your account and sensitive data with 2-Step Verification; helping keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.If you have decided to take your data elsewhere, please research the data export policies of your destination. Otherwise, if you ever want to leave the service, you may have to leave your data behind. 

Why such the big warning? Well, Google can make inferences about your gender, age, and shopping preferences, and so can anyone else with that data. If you've ever visited an embarrassing website or Googled something that could potentially be used against you, you may want to think carefully about how you store this data. 

Source : google.about.com

Categorized in Search Engine

The number of China’s third-party mobile browser active users topped 450 million people with a growth rate of 6.3% QoQ according to BigData Research. The number is expected to reach 480 million by the end of 2015.

Growth rate of China’s third-party mobile browser market slowed down in Q3 2015, up 6.3% QoQ

Domestic third-party mobile browser market has entered a mature stage. China internet giants have started to develop the accurate delivery of information, socialized browsers, mobile web page gaming and others to build mobile browsers personalized information and entertainment platforms.

News and search are the top two applications on mobile browsers

UC Browser (Alibaba), QQ Browser (Tencent), and Baidu Browser led China’s third-party mobile browser market in Q3 2015

UC Browser (Alibaba), QQ Browser (Tencent), and Baidu Browser accounted for over 80% market share which led China’s third-party mobile browser market in Q3 2015. UC Browser ranked first with a penetration rate of 69.6%, followed by QQ Browser (48.3%) and Baidu Browser (29.2%).

Active users of UC Browser increased steadily with a growth rate of 6.3% QoQ in Q3 2015, followed by QQ Browser with active users growth rate of 3.0% QoQ and Baidu Browser of 2.9% QoQ.

UC Browser ranked first with 86.7% in terms of users satisfaction degree, followed by QQ Browser (83.2%) and Baidu Browser (79.8%). UC Browser has created a good consumer experience environment for users by massive data analysis and large accumulation of users.

Users access mobile browsers in fragmented periods. 62.8% users opened browsers during breaks; 16.6% used on buses or subways; 23.3% used before going to bed and 8.8% used at work or study.

Due to the diversified usage scenarios and fragmented usage time, mobile browsers were frequently used. 13% users opened mobile browsers over 5 times on average each day, 40.8% used 4 to 5 times each day, 41.4% used 2 to 3 times, and only 4.8% opened once or less every day.

Generally speaking, usage time for mobile browsing was relatively short. Only 13.5% users accessed mobile browsers for over half an hour, 16.8% used less than 5 minutes, 40.1% used 5 minutes to 15 minutes, and 29.6% used 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

Source : https://www.chinainternetwatch.com

Categorized in Search Engine

The Internet is a necessity in the workplace, whether you work in a supermarket or in an office, there is a part of your job that will require an Internet connection. With companies becoming increasingly obsessed with ways to increase productivity, the most obvious way is to improve your connection speed.

If you count up the times you have waited for a page to load or a tutorial video to stop buffering, you’ll probably have spent hours if not days each year sat at your screen simply waiting.

In the following paragraphs we’ll cover what contributes to Internet speed and share some top tips on how you can speed yours up.

Internet speed is determined by a number of factors; some are completely out of your control, like where you live whilst others you do have control over.

Network structure

Perhaps the most important thing is the structure of your network. Whether you use a wired or wireless connection, if your system isn’t installed with bandwidth in mind you could be losing mountains of all-important speed. As a result, it is imperative that your business hires a structured cabling and wireless network professional to ensure that your network is in the best position possible to help you reach maximum Internet speed.

Clean your device

Have you ever wondered why the Internet on your laptop seems to move much quicker than on your PC, despite you being connected to the same network? Well a lot of this can be to do with your device rather than the network.

If you are trying to use multiple applications at once or your device is reaching its memory capacity, it will run much slower. As a knock on effect this means it will take longer for web pages to load.

Spend a few hours going through your computer and remove any unwanted applications. Don’t forget to perform regular virus scans as well because if your computer is infected it could make your Internet run at a snail-like pace. Here are a few more tips on how to clean your computer.

Check your browser

This is something that many people forget, but different browsers will have more of a strain on your computer and connection. For example, Internet Explorer is a popular browser but it does use a lot of resources, on the other hand you could find that using a more compact browser like Chrome will speed up your connection.

Download browser plug-ins

Most browsers now come with the ability to download plug-ins like dictionaries that allow you to hover over a word and instantly be presented with a definition.

There are many fantastic plug-ins that can help to improve your Internet speed. Popular ones include those which virtually disable ads from your surfing experience and with less flashing banners and pop-ups on your screen, you will have less elements to load and ultimately the content that matters should load much more quickly.

Most browsers now come with this ability built-in, like Safari will automatically disable all Flash elements unless you physically click on it and enable Flash.

Remove unwanted plug-ins

There are countless plug-ins that you can download so you’ll be forgiven for amassing a few over time. However, if you have plug-ins that you haven’t used in months, delete them. They’ll be running in the background and consuming bandwidth unnecessarily.

Close all unneeded tabs

Many webpages will now refresh automatically every few minutes, mainly news sites. So even if you aren’t looking at pages but have them open in tabs, they will be consuming bandwidth. If you are one of these people that likes to have unlimited tabs and browser windows open, think again if you are experiencing slow Internet speeds – closing them could have a huge difference.

Source : http://www.toptensocialmedia.com/social-media-technology-2/internet-reliance-improving-your-speed-at-work/

Categorized in Science & Tech

Mozilla made a strategic investment in Cliqz, maker of an iOS and Android browser with a built-in search engine, “to enable innovation of privacy-focused search experiences”.

Mark Mayo, SVP of Mozilla Firefox, said Cliqz’s products “align with the Mozilla mission. We are proud to help advance the privacy-focused innovation from Cliqz through this strategic investment in their company”.

Cliqz is based in Munich and is majority-owned by international media and technology company Hubert Burda Media.

The Cliqz for Firefox Add-on is already available as a free download. It adds to Firefox “an innovative quick search engine as well as privacy and safety enhancements such as anti-tracking”, said Mozilla.

Cliqz quick search is available in Cliqz’s browsers for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. The desktop and iOS versions are built on Mozilla Firefox open source technology and offer built-in privacy and safety features.

Cliqz quick search is optimised for the German language and shows website suggestions, news and information to enable users to search quickly.

It claimed that while conventional search engines primarily work with data related to the content, structuring, and linking of websites, instead it works with statistical data on actual search queries and website visits.

It has developed a technology capable of collecting this information and then building a web index out of it, something it calls the ‘Human Web’.

What’s more, Cliqz’s “privacy-by-design” architecture technology guarantees that no personal data or personally identifiable information is transmitted or saved on its servers.

Jean-Paul Schmetz, founder and managing director at Cliqz, said Mozilla is the ideal company to work with because both parties believe in an open internet where people have control over their data.

“Data and search are our core competencies and it makes us proud to contribute our search and privacy technologies to the Mozilla ecosystem,” he said.

Source : http://www.mobileworldlive.com/apps/news-apps/mozilla-invests-in-browser-cliqz/

Categorized in Science & Tech

As far as the most users are concerned, privacy on the web is an important consideration. Iridium is a free Chromium-based web browser which focuses more on the privacy and identity protection of the user and also provides all the features of Google Chrome. The modifications made here make sure that you always are protected and secure and there is no loop holes to your privacy while you browse the web.

Iridium browser for Windows PC


If you go deep down to settings, you will notice a CryptoTokenExtension. The details about that extension are not really specified but it seems to be something concerned with encrypting the information sent through the browser. You can view the permissions granted to this extension under the settings tab.

All the basic functionalities and support system remains the same as that of Google Chrome browser. You can sign in with your Google account and sync bookmarks and other settings easily over other instances of Google Chrome or Iridium.

There are several other policy changes and modifications that are privacy and security based. To view them all you need to access the Git repository.



Iridium changes the default search engine from Google to Qwant, which is again a privacy based search engine that lets you search the web without leaving out on privacy.

In short, Iridium is Google Chrome with privacy features. The entire project is open sourced and the public Git repository lets you view all the changes made to the code over time. If you are a geek and an enthusiast, you can check out the entire code of the project to clearly understand how the modifications have been made and how this alternative browser really works.

Source : http://www.thewindowsclub.com/iridium-browser-windows 

Categorized in Search Engine

Microsoft announced last week that the default search engine on Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10 will be Baidu, not Bing.

The announcement read:

Together, we will make it easy for Baidu customers to upgrade to Windows 10 and we will deliver a custom experience for customers in China, providing local browsing and search experiences. Baidu.com will become the default homepage and search for the Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10. Baidu’s new Windows 10 distribution channel, Baidu “Windows 10 Express” will make it easy for Chinese Internet users to download an official Windows 10 experience. Additionally, Baidu will deliver Universal Windows Applications for Search, Video, Cloud and Maps for Windows 10.

We remain deeply committed to delivering Bing around the world and we’re also committed to offering locally relevant experiences - like Baidu in China - to provide great Windows 10 experiences.

This is a pretty big deal for Microsoft and honestly makes a statement.

The obvious point, as engine said in WebmasterWorld, "there's an interesting fact there that is worth highlighting - Microsoft drops Bing as default search for Baidu in China."

Source : https://www.seroundtable.com/baidu-default-edge-browser-20952.html 

Categorized in Search Engine

TinEye and Google Image Search are both good for doing reverse image searches, and the two websites are different enough to be complementary. But there are other options including browser extensions and smartphone apps....

There are lots of reasons for using reverse image search - see my earlier post, Here's why you and your business should use reverse image search - and quite a few ways to do it. The main ones are the TinEye and Google Image Search websites, both of which are free. Depending on your location, needs and personal preferences, you might also want to try Baidu, Yandex, Bing Image Match, Image Raider or some other service.

But if you're new to reverse image searching, I suggest you start with TinEye and Google. I use both, because they are different enough to complement one another. TinEye has better features. Google Image Search generally has a bigger, fresher database, though it doesn't find all the images that TinEye knows about.

Basically, TineEye has the smart guys while Google has the web crawlers.

TinEye wins mainly on sorting features. You can order TinEye's results by newest first or oldest first, by size, by the best match, or by the most changed. I'm often trying to find the oldest version posted, to authenticate a particular photograph.

TinEye's results often show a variety of closely related images, because some versions have been edited or adapted. Sometimes you find your searched-for picture is a small part of a larger image, which is very useful: you can switch to searching for the whole thing. TinEye is also good at finding versions of images that haven't had logos added, which is another step closer to the original.

The main drawback with TinEye is that some of the search results are a couple of years old, and when you follow the link, either the image or the page or even the whole website has disappeared. In such cases, I use the TinEye result to run a Google Image search.

Google Image Search finds web pages rather than images. If you're doing a reverse image search, it's usually more useful to look for the link that says "Find other sizes of this image" and click on "All sizes".

By default, Google displays the most exact matches in descending order of size, and the links to the sources are hidden until you click an image. You can try to make it work more like TinEye by selecting "Visually similar" from the drop-down menu, but this includes images that have nothing at all to do with the original. For most purposes, this is a waste of time.

Worse, Google can't sort images by date. As with text searches, you get options such as "Past week" and "Custom range", but these are tedious to use, and don't seem very reliable.

However, Google does some very good things that TinEye doesn't. The key features are search by type (Face, Photo, Line drawing etc) and search by usage rights. It's very useful to be able to search for images that are "labelled for reuse with modification" or "labelled for non-commercial reuse" or whatever. Handled with care, this could be a money-saver.

With a bit of experiment, some combination of TinEye and Google Image Search should meet most of your needs. If not, there are other options.

I generally use the browser extensions for TinEye and Google. These perform a reverse image search when you right-click an online image and select "search [service] with this image" or something similar. This is quicker than uploading an image from a hard drive or pasting in a web link, though you can do those things too.

Browser extensions include Google's Search by Image for Google (Chrome, Firefox), TinEye Reverse Image Search (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer), and Bing Image Match (Chrome). Third-party options include Google Reverse Image Search (Firefox, not written by Google), Search Image by Bing (Firefox, not written by Microsoft) and Who stole my pictures? (Firefox). You may be able to find more. I haven't tried all of them.

Apple iPhone users can do reverse image searches with apps such as Veracity and Microsoft's official Bing app. There's also a Search By Image app for Android. Of course, you can also use Google Image Search in the Chrome browser on a smartphone. Press and hold the image, and when the box appears, touch "Search Google for this image".

Finally, there's a useful image search engine for Reddit, called Karma Decay. If you use Reddit, you will know that some amusing images are reposted on a regular basis. Karma Decay finds them all.

This is more useful than it sounds. Redditors comment on most of these images, and their comments often include links to sources and sometimes explanations. If you are, like me, trying to authenticate images, these links and comments can save quite a lot of work.


Categorized in Search Engine

 Mozilla has just released the newest version of its Firefox web browser for iOS devices this Tuesday, and it now features customizable search and better energy efficiency.

Mozilla has struggled to make an impact on mobile and has been unsuccessful so far, but the company is now hoping that this new update could change that.

The company once tried to remedy this issue by making Firefox OS phones, but this didn't pan out so well, so Mozilla is now making more of an effort with its mobile web browser.

The new version of Firefox for iOS slashes 40 percent off processor use and up to 30 percent for memory use. This makes it possible for the browser to save up on power and make aniPhone's or iPad's battery last longer.

Mozilla also said that by cutting down on processor and memory use, pages will load even faster than before.

This feature alone could convince more people to start using Firefox on their iOS devices instead of Google Chrome or Apple's own Safari browser.

"We created these new features in Firefox for iOS because of what we heard from our users, and we look forward to more feedback on the updates," Mozilla's VP of Firefox Nick Nguyen said. 

The new version of Firefox for iOS also comes with a customizable search.

Instead of just the usual search engines like Yahoo, Google or Bing, the update will let users add searches for CraigslistWikipedia or eBay, according to CNET. If a user sets Wikipedia as thebrowser's search engine, they will be able to easily search the site by typing directly onto Firefox's address bar.

This also makes it faster and easier for users to quickly search for something very specific.

The new version of Firefox can also sync tabs and history with the desktop version of the browser.

It also features a new way to reopen recently closed tabs, which should be useful when a user closes a tab by accident.

Navigation has also been made a lot easier with the redesigned menu, while the ability to set a favorite page as Firefox's homepage has also been added.


Categorized in Search Engine
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