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How 2 prevent tracking using W7 & Firefox

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Street Survival, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Street Survival

    Street Survival

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    Feb 27, 2010
    CT
    Gentlemen,

    What is the best way to ensure no tracking using Windows 7 and Firefox? Someone just sent me an e-mail with the following listed items but I am not computer savvy. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.

    Abine
    Privacy suite.


    Firefox | Chrome

    http://i.duck.co/tools/adblock.png


    Adblock Plus

    Blocks ads.

    Firefox | Chrome

    http://i.duck.co/tools/adblock2.png


    AdBlock

    Blocks ads.

    Safari | Chrome

    http://i.duck.co/tools/adsweep.png


    AdSweep

    Blocks ads.

    Opera | Chrome

    http://i.duck.co/tools/beeftaco.png


    Beef Taco

    No ad network tracking.

    Firefox

    http://i.duck.co/tools/disconnect.png


    Disconnect

    No tracking from major sites.

    Chrome



    http://i.duck.co/tools/ghostery.png


    Ghostery

    No third-party tracking.

    IE | Safari | Chrome | Firefox

    http://i.duck.co/tools/betterprivacy.png


    BetterPrivacy

    No tracking from Flash.

    Firefox

    http://i.duck.co/tools/noscript.png


    NoScript

    Blocks JavaScript.

    Firefox

    http://donttrack.us/ddg/tools/notscripts.png


    NotScripts

    Blocks JavaScript.

    Chrome | Opera

    http://i.duck.co/tools/https.png


    HTTPS Everywhere

    No tracking between you and sites.

    Firefox

    http://i.duck.co/tools/torbutton.png


    Tor

    No tracking by being anonymous.

    Bundle (includes Firefox)

    Goduckgo

    For no tracking search engine.
     
  2. JimmyN

    JimmyN

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    Sep 29, 2006
    Virginia
    In Firefox just go to Tools>Start Private Browsing. It won't save anything... history, cookies, user logins, file cache, etc.

    For Windows 7 you'll need to delete the index.dat files after you finish browsing with Firefox. That one is harder since Windows keeps the file in use logging everything you do, so the file is always locked.
     


  3. darkbarrel

    darkbarrel

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    Jan 21, 2011
    California
    Deleting cookies is the easy part. I use CCleaner to clear all that out, I believe it also deletes the windows .dat file. What you should be more concerned about is Adobe's "Flash Cookies".

    Flash Cookies never expire, and almost no one knows about them. Unfortunately, the only way you can edit your Adobe Flash Cookie settings is to go to their website: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html

    That is literally the ONLY way to change your settings. You will see every website you have ever been to from that control panel. Personally, I have mine set to NEVER allow flash cookies installed on my computer, and to never ask me if I want to allow one or not.
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    Jan 26, 2001
    Indiana
    :agree:

    Private Browsing (or Porn Mode, as some call it) is really easy and the way to go.

    IGF
     
  5. Street Survival

    Street Survival

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    0
    Feb 27, 2010
    CT
    Thanks guys. I appreciate all the sage advise.

    Do any of you use any of the one's listed on my original post?
     
  6. kc8ykd

    kc8ykd

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    Oct 6, 2005
    michigan
    3rd'ed.

    when not using that mode (and when i am) i also use adblock plus and noscript.

    i don't clear cookies or anything like that, i guess i'm not terribly paranoid about that kinda thing.

    really, if someone wants to know that i regularly visit glocktalk and slashdot, more power to 'em.