Please forgive in the length as I’ve tried to show a cause and give examples of some methods to cure, and a lit background.
From the GlassWire Newsletter:
What’s new in GlassWire 2.0?
- High DPI support
- An all new user interface
- Malware and virus checking
- Evil twin WiFi network detection
- Firewall profiles
- A new Internet of Things monitoring window
- An upgraded Firewall window with new features plus much more!
Privacy should be everyone’s fundamental right.
NOW - there’s talk to not only of free and paid online services with installed software, drivers, browser add-ons, even the Win 10 OS all are doing this Telemetry thing. But, if it’s all areas that are up for grabs now in this highly profitable industry of collecting and selling your personal data in the Data profiling age that has evolved and entangled us today. What can we do?
@ Going with the additions of GW 2.0 of malware and virus checking - could it also help to advice if not block some nasty’s to GW users.
I’m looking at digital foot/finger printing of devices and browsers and the really bad cookies - e-tags tracking, super-flash-zombie-evercookie cookies.
[Cookies, if placed on websites as web bugs, or on your device can store a lot of information. Including, what language you use, what websites you have visited, what your browsing habits are, which topics you’re interested in, where you shop, which states-countries you frequent, which hotels or companies you’ve visited, and much more.] Special Note: Flash Tracking Cookies are usually encrypted !
Some protection fields to consider; of a warning and/or possibly blocking (if it’s at all possible in GW).
Canvas Fingerprinting - example “TrackOFF” (installed software), we scramble the data points that comprise a person’s fingerprint, so the user has a better experience online, understood as: we try hard not to affect the renderability of websites. www.trackoff.com/en
Cocoon protects your identity so your data trail leads nowhere. (Browser based)
Cocoon does something other browsers can’t do for you: We make you anonymous by storing all of your data in the cloud. It’s like a one-way mirror -
you can see out but others can’t see in. With Cocoon you might see ads but don’t worry, the cookies hit our servers and never your hard drive.
WinPatrol (firewall/installed software), has a Fingerprint alert/block feature that allows the user knowledge of sites/domains tracking of/in your Internet usage habits with FP scripts.
See image I included - below
I asked the dev. if it only warns and was answered with- "The fingerprinting feature does strip scripts from suspected fingerprinting sites.
We protected against Canvas Fingerprinting, by removing fingerprinting scripts from the web sites data stream before it got to your computer."
Then he added- “About 2 years ago Google proudly announced how they could track sales, even on brick and mortar stores in an effort to obtain sales commission for sites where the purchaser had seen the online advertising first. They quickly pulled back from that story, but not before Facebook had stated they could do the same. And that was without the use of Canvas Fingerprinting.”
I questioned him if he was talking about Ultrasonic signals (high-frequency sounds that are inaudible to the human ear). Which uses Cross-Device Tracking, links devices such as web browsers, mobile devices or TVs through the use of these sounds and in browser cookies resulting in a combined tracking profile of the user across devices instead of just individual devices.
SilverPush, one of the companies that uses cross-device tracking, monitors 18 million smartphones already as of April 2015.
His answer again seemed to dodge the principle of my question and stating- "That story was on the Internet for about 2 days before it was pulled, the ability to gather and store data about everyone’s actions on the Internet has become a science.
Google announced they could track Internet browsing and actually relate that data to both soft/hard store purchases made by the person browsing.
It’s backlashed to Google pulling the story, in that direction made Google realize they must be covert, so many will “share” data behind the scenes where they can each mine the users data and tie bits and pieces together until they build quite a nice profile about people.
There are ways of grabbing info. from a computer, w/o canvas fingerprinting, that will give you a unique signature for that computer.
Now gather info from other sites where that same computer makes a purchase and you have a name, address, phone and credit card numbers.
Buying/Selling this kind of data is big money for folks like Amazon, Facebook, Google and others. Now tie in data from brick and mortar stores and you can now pair people’s browsing habits with their in-store purchase habits. All nicely traceable because we are virtually a cashless society which means almost everything people do is tracked and almost nothing is anonymous anymore." Maybe he told me more that I was asking him to answer…
So GlassWire you see anything now or of the future along these lines of users privacy would help greatly.
So to Warn, Block or Removing any canvas fingerprinting scripts from the visited web sites in data streams before it gotten to our devices.
White noise in some degree of a filtering method to prevent accurate ID profiling by spoofing users data with all other GlassWire users somehow (via a server?).
Something added to GW like a browser extension as how ScriptSafe does in affecting fingerprinting and other privacy related events.
Use my examples given and more that combat against privacy invasions.
Maybe fork some of the abilities from Bleach Bit. Use the privacy cleaner to remove cache, cookies, and history to maintain users privacy and stop tracking.
Bleach Bit - free to share, learn, and modify (open source) / CleanerML allows anyone to write a new cleaner using XML.
The Bleach Bit source code is copyrighted under the GNU General Public License version 3.
Bleach Bit could be the first step in a long path to travel for GW.
Thanks to all these tracking and profiling methods, over time, you can be tracked and profiled more and more precisely, even as cross device tracking advances and IoT facets more in our lives.
You should be VERY worried about this, as your not only in a void to using the internet but, to having no control as a users over whether these cookies even exist on your machine or a site mining scripts running on it.
Even worse, you have absolutely NO CONTROL over the information that they can gather on you to store, compile, trade and sale.
It’s WinPatrol firewall showing features above the heavy “Red” bar and what could be done in GW firewall possibly, or ideals to shoot for that are close. Thanks