It is important to note that the various plugins recommended in this series may be available for Chrome, but are most certainly available for Firefox.
Why don’t you like Chrome?
Since this series is about privacy it in some ways disqualifies Chrome as being considered. It has a spotty (at best) history of decoupling itself from Google as a whole. Even recently it has made questionable choices. You may have better luck with the Open Source version of Chrome, called Chromium.
Decentraleyes is a plugin that works with your current ad-blocker to stop 3rd party content delivery networks. This helps protect you privacy since many developers use these often free services to save time and money. But in exchange for having these services interwoven into their own sites. Decentraleyes has local versions of many of the files these sites use to load them instead of allowing them access. Insuring that it will not break the site you are trying to load.
Websites have increasingly begun to rely much more on large third-parties for content delivery. Canceling requests for ads or trackers is usually without issue, however blocking actual content, not unexpectedly, breaks pages. The aim of this add-on is to cut-out the middleman by providing lightning speed delivery of local (bundled) files to improve online privacy.
Cookies are small pieces of data a website sends to your browser to store information. It is typically used to save preferences or show you are logged into your account for example. But many cookies persist on your system and can reveal information about you and your browsing habits.
Self-Destructing Cookies can automate the removal of these cookies to help protect your privacy.
Self-Destructing Cookies automatically removes cookies when they are no longer used by open browser tabs. With the cookies, lingering sessions, as well as information used to spy on you, will be expunged. Websites will only be permitted to identify you while you actually use them and can not stalk you across the entire web. This is the closest you will get to cookieless browsing without breaking every second site or tedious micromanaging.
Tracking cookies will be detected and removed immediately. They are identified purely by their behaviour – no need for a blacklist that needs to be kept up to-date. Self-Destructing Cookies also has LocalStorage support and will treat it just like your cookie jar. Defend yourself against ETag tracking and other cache-based black-hat techniques by configuring Self-Destructing Cookies to automatically clean your cache every time you are not actively using the browser. For the first time ever, this provides a realistic chance of beating zombie-/evercookies without sacrificing usability.
I have been using an Ubuntu desktop for the last few years doing the version upgrades and having no issues to speak of with it. But I also started to notice that the system was being a bit slow with larger applications like Firefox and others. Recently I have been moving back to my roots in terms of using terminal apps over pretty GUI versions. So I decided to take on the challenge of doing my once every two years complete reinstall of my home desktop with a slant on minimalism and cleanness.
I looked at various “distributions” like Crunch Bang, Dream Linux, Arch Linux, and countless others. Yet it is somewhat of a stretch to call most of them distributions since just bundling and branding or Debian based packages. So I decided to just go to the source and roll my own. This is by far the best option for a clean minimal desktop with only what you need and will use on it.