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Once upon a time, I clicked the DoubleClick Opt-Out option
The best way I found to deal with organizations like that was to blacklist their webserver. No more ads, and since my browser won't talk to them anymore to download their ads, no more tracking either. Sadly, I switch from IE to Chrome, and it doesn't have such a feature. Oh, and as a bonus, doing that made my back button work again too
We can program with only 1's, but if all you've got are zeros, you've got nothing.
My boss uses what he call honey pot mail addresses whenever he signs up for something. If he buys some tech from a company and registers any sort of account or does anything where they want his email he creates an address specifically for that company to be able to see which ones gives away his information.
In 2016 computer security researchers from Fidelis Cybersecurity and Exatel discovered the browser surreptitiously sending sensitive browsing and system data—such as ad blocker status, websites visited, searches conducted and applications installed with their version numbers—to remote servers located in Beijing, China.
According to Maxthon, the data is sent as part of the company's 'User Experience Improvement Program' and that it is "voluntary and totally anonymous." However, researchers found the data still being collected and transmitted to remote servers even after users explicitly opted-out of the program.
The researchers further found the data being transmitted over an unencrypted connection (HTTP), leaving users vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.
Fidelis' Chief Security Officer, Justin Harvey, noted the data "...contains almost everything you would want in conducting a reconnaissance operation to know exactly where to attack. Knowing the exact operating system and installed applications, and browsing habits it would be trivial to send a perfectly crafted spearphish to the victim or perhaps set up a watering hole attack on one of their most frequented websites."
If you opt in to any product's user experience program, it will send data home.
To me, it doesn't matter if the company is in China or America; they're both foreign powers, and I trust neither of them to look after my interests.
The Maxthon UXP is off, by default, BTW. With apple, google, and microsoft, you don't get the option to not have them reap all your private data, so guess which of the three companies I trust more.
I do actually allow them access to some data, because I have a user account with them and I synchronise stuff and share pages across machines, which means that that information has to pass through their servers (which is probably what the paranoid idiots in your article were talking about). I also do the same with Opera.
And that comment by Justin Harvey, at the end of your quote, is just plain ridiculous. What, because I'm one of the millions of people who use Sync Preferences, Cloud Pages, and Upload to Cloud functions, a bunch of browser devs are going to mount an assault on me? Talk about stirring up paranoia.
I've used their kit since the MyIE shell, which made IE4 way more useful (with tabs, etc), and no Chinese jackboots have been anywhere near my door.
You're much more likely to have intrusions from google -- and if you're using itunes or winio, things have already gone far, far beyond simple intrusion.
... By a foreign power.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
Your advertising ID is a Google created thing that allows companies to track your behaviour and it was created to mimic browser cookies. Instead of just tracking websites you visit, it is used to link up app usage with your ad ID, thereby allowing in-app advertising to be targeted to your interests.
So instead of just worrying about cookies, you get to worry about cookies and OS specific ad IDs.
Another reason Google changed their byline from "Do no evil" to "Do the right thing". The right thing for them.
I know the fact of having all the history on any project is far more important than the space it occupies, but let's say I have ended a project, three or four years ago and I simply know the final version is the right one as they have been working in production 24x7 all those years.
At this point I would like to keep only the final version and delete from disk all the previous changes.
Is it possible to make this using SVN or GIT?
I've tried to find it on The Internet without much luck...