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    /Security/privacy: Privacy: Why You Should Use Firefox with the Noscript Plugin

    Point your browser at this link[1] and then click the "Test Me" button. This is what I got with javascript enabled:

    "Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 1,433,795 tested so far."

    With NoScript[2] installed and turned on in Firefox[3] (thus blocking all javascript, among other things) the test informed me that my browser was only identifiable down to one in about 60,000. That is still not very good, but infinitely better then having a unique fingerprint!

    Just in case it is not clear, that means if you navigate to any given website with javascript turned on, that website KNOWS WHO YOU ARE from that time forward, because your browser is leaving behind a unique, or an almost unique, fingerprint. Unless you also take other measures, they also have your IP address, which can easily be used to identify what city you are in.

    I thought I was just running NoScript to protect myself against hackers, but now I am more then doubly motivated to continue to do so.

    [1] https://panopticlick.eff.org/
    [2] https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/
    [3] https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

    posted at: 08:47 | path: /Security/privacy | permanent link to this entry