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  •  Richard Cranium posted a diary Monday, (8+ / 0-)

    "Action diary: 'All your informations are belong to us.'" It has some suggestions about using the Internet. NoScript tells me Google and Facebook will both set a  cookie when you come to Daily Kos.

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    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 07:21:22 AM PDT

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    •  Run CCleaner after every Internet visit. (6+ / 0-)

      It deletes all the cookies and cleans your cache. (Program is a free download from the Internet.)

      It's a pain in the butt to have to log in to DKos every time I come here, but a minor one compared to being able to have all the cookies deleted at one time.

      "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

      by Brooke In Seattle on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 07:40:39 AM PDT

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    •  I clean periodically. (4+ / 0-)

      I did have the Chrome set to autoscrub every time I shut off for the night, but then Google started screwing up its search system so that if I didn't keep THEIR cookie, I sometimes couldn't get Search to work at all and sometimes had to spend a half hour fiddling to get it to work again.  So now I have to scrub everything except the google cookie manually.  And of course that means that they have everything they've ever kept of mine, always.

      But I use the search engine for everything from bio-char soil sequestration to specific details on WWII grenade launchers and the precise mechanism of action of aconite poisoning (as well as horticultural details for about two thousand plants last month; it's spring and I'm starting a farm).  In fact, about the only plant I DIDN'T research last month was marijuana -- I learned how to grow THAT in college.  Oh, and I checked out fourteen sites on mushroom identification including one group who are hosting seminars on Amanita shamanism, because the heroine of my current novel is making a mushroom collection while living with Hungarian witches.  The grenade launchers and anti-tank weapons were for the boys defending a meeting of Parliament from neo-Nazi collaborators with a handful of Panzer-1's.  And the corsets were because if you're going to write steampunk you ought to look the part.

      Frankly, I think anyone trying to compile a profile on me from my online activities should have a very interesting adventure yielding almost nothing useful.  For that, they'd have to visit in person, and I've left them several invitations in my e-mails and public phone calls over the years.  DEAR MEN IN BLACK: if you let me know ahead of time, I'll bake brownies.  With or without, your preference.

      •  Instead of Google for searching, I use Ixquick (0+ / 0-)

        Apparently, it's the only search engine that doesn't record your IP address.  From their website:

        Ixquick's position:

             You have a right to privacy.
             Your search data should never fall into the wrong hands.
             The only real solution is quickly deleting your data or not storing them to begin with.
             Since January 2009 we do not record our users' IP addresses anymore.
             Your personal data are not shared with any third party.
             We are the first and only search engine to do so.
             Since then we have added many other features that protect your privacy.
             Our initiative is receiving an overwhelmingly positive response!

        Ixquick will wholeheartedly continue on its mission to offer you great search results in the best possible privacy!

        Ixquick Warranties:

        European Privacy Seal
        On July 14th 2008 Ixquick received the first European Privacy Seal from European Data Protection Supervisor Mr. Peter Hustinx. The Seal officially confirms the privacy promises we make to our users. It makes Ixquick the first and only EU-approved search engine. Both EU Commissioner Viviane Reding and Dr.Thilo Weichert, German Privacy Commissioner complemented Ixquick on its privacy achievements.

    •  cotter, dailykos has more than "cookies" to track (2+ / 0-)
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      us for revenue purposes.  It's a risk I take.  If you use Firefox, No-Script application add on, you can find out for yourself.

    •  The "Opera" browser has perhaps the best (1+ / 0-)
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      cookie handling features. Then again it still IS the best browser out there.
      Try it, learn it, y'all will like it.

      "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

      by Bluefin on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 12:29:03 PM PDT

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      •  Heh. (0+ / 0-)

        Back in the early '90s when browsers were being developed, they were called a "graphical user interface." Otherwise, the Internet was all text unless you downloaded something (Very. Slowly.)

        Opera became available for testing at the time -- 20 years ago! -- so I downloaded it. My connection wouldn't handle it, but it was sure cool looking ;P)

        It would be a hoot to try it now, and I'll sure check it out. Again.

        "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

        by cotterperson on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 05:08:01 PM PDT

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        •  Yep, it goes way back, has pioneered many (1+ / 0-)
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          features that other browsers pick up sooner or later, it's always slicker though (tabs, preview, sessions, useful history recovery, etc., etc.; it even has an awesome built-in email client). You can 'stack' tabs, view/find them via 'Window' menu, it just does all kinds of stuff, always ahead of the others.
          It can run simple, or it has complex option lists and features.
          I slung bits long before the public internet, first used Opera ~'95. It's still easy on sys resources, usually have 16-20 windows up (dedicated to various topics), each with 60-80+ tabs, try that with IE. Don't even need to save, on a reboot you can restore everything with a couple of clicks as kind of a mega-session (best to temp disable your IP conn first though or it might choke, you can specify #of active IP ports allowed too).

          "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

          by Bluefin on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 07:04:33 PM PDT

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