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I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« on: August 18, 2018, 04:49:32 PM »
Come on, "adservex.media.net" isn't tracking me?  Bullshit.

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2018, 10:04:53 PM »
Me neither.  It blocks image pulls.  Okay I understand why but it just isn't very sophisticated.  Still I do like the set it and forget it design. It's not overly needy.

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 12:33:25 AM »
PB says I currently have 5709 "potential tracking domains."  Occasionally,  I go through and set all those it has marked as allowed to block (yellow) if I do not immediately recognize the site or I only go there infrequently. 

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2018, 12:31:30 AM »
delivery.swid.switchadhub.com

Come on, PB! You should nuke that one just on the name alone.

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2018, 12:27:27 AM »
But you do get spoiled.  During the brief time I was hunting down the name of some software without PB I had cr*p popping up, dropping down and coming in sideways and this on well known "respectable" tech mag sites. 

Once I figured out what was missing I installed PB right away.

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2018, 12:52:56 AM »
You can supposedly export/import your old PB file, btw.  No need to rebuild the db on the new laptop.

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2018, 01:10:18 AM »
Don't trust Privacy Badger? Try out Privacy Possum

According to one article, "Privacy Possum is Privacy Badger on Steroids". It's made by a former EFF guy who worked on PB.
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We prioritize costing tracking companies money over protecting you. When considering some anti-tracking measure we do not ask "Is it possible to circumvent this?". Instead we ask "Is it cost-effective for a tracking company to circumvent this?". If the answer is "yes, no" we accept it.

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 10:58:49 AM »
Thanks bill.  I installed it and will give it a try.

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2018, 11:53:14 AM »
Tried it.  Was not working with Vivaldi on Win10.  It kept saying it was disabled.  It's a great idea tho.

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Privacy Badger alternative Privacy Possum
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2018, 12:37:52 AM »
Been testing Privacy Possum for a few weeks on Firefox, mostly on Linux, and haven't encountered issues. I'm thinking of expanding it to other browsers as well.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2018, 12:39:50 AM by bill »

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2018, 01:32:00 PM »
Tried it.  Was not working with Vivaldi on Win10.  It kept saying it was disabled.  It's a great idea tho.

Looks like the author has added some fixes very recently.

I just added it to Vivaldi and it seems to be working.

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Re: I don't fully trust Privacy Badger's judgement
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2018, 12:16:34 PM »
WTF, "shoppingshadow" isn't tracking?  That does it! -->

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