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100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 8 – Chrome vs. Firefox and Decentraleyes

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 Plugin

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.

From site:

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.

Add Decentraleyes to Your Browser

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 6 – Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger is a browser plugin that blocks ads and trackers. Keep in mind that it is not a ad blocker explicitly. It does help protect your privacy from known sources that tend to be invasive. Privacy Badger also helps block various 3rd party means of fingerprinting your browser to track you as well as blocking scripts attempting to do the same.

From project site:

Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.  If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser.  To the advertiser, it’s like you suddenly disappeared.

Add Privacy Badger to Your Browser

Note: Some users have reported that the plugin can degrade web browsing experience. If you encounter this be sure to look at future 100DPO posts with other options we’ll cover.

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 5 – HTTPS Everywhere

We’ll be covering numerous browser plugins in this series but perhaps the most basic need is HTTPS Everywhere. This is a plugin that will load the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) version of a site if available. By using SSL (HTTPS) you can help prevent many attacks be it man in the middle or just someone sniffing traffic to see what you are doing.

SSL provides an encrypted channel of communication between you and the server.

Add HTTPS Everywhere to Your Browser