Being The Product Isn’t Necessarily Bad
I am trying to ping several dozen websites to see if they are offline. This tool, PingInfoView, would be very useful: https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/multiple_ping_tool.html.
However, I do not want the owners of these sites to be able to trace my IP address back to me. Usually, I would go through a proxy or Tor. But I don’t think this will work because the PingInfoView uses my computers IP address. It doesn’t work through a proxy or Tor.
I am looking for feedback on whether or not this is a secure browsing setup.
Chromium 64.0.3255.0 32-bit
Extensions: Domain Blocker (with a custom block-list of 425 domains owned by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, AOL, and Yahoo). Privacy Badger ScriptSafe DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials Adblock HTTPS Everywhere Canvas Fingerprint Block
I have all “advanced” settings set to the maximum restrictions (blocks images, scripts, cookies on all sites unless I whitelist them). Everything under “Privacy and Security” disabled except “Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic.
Upon launch, the browser has an error message: "Google API keys are missing. Some functionality of Chromium will be disabled.”, which I take to be a good thing.
Given that Chromium is open-source, I do not login to Google, and all requests to Google-owned domains (as well as the other companies I listed above) are blocked, I’m wondering if Chromium might be “phoning home” in some other way I have not covered?
I’ve heard that many IMSI-Catcher Detectors for Android are basically ineffective. I’m considering downloading Cell Spy Catcher but can’t find any thorough reviews. Any privacy advocates here willing to offer suggestions for an effective app? Thanks.
Chrome has this neat feature which can make “apps” out of any website. All it does is wrap the website in a chromeless window with its own shortcut that you can access independently of the main browser window. You can manage it in about:apps. This is basically the same thing as the long-discontinued Firefox Prism.
Is there an alternative to Chrome that has this functionality?
I’m looking at Android phones next. I looked into running it without a google account and it seems perfectly feasible….but it’s not clear what I have to give up.
I don’t mind giving up a small amount of data, but I’m not comfortable giving up the whole set of stuff that’s associated with Full Google.
Can I run Android and google with adjusted privacy settings ? Do I need to ditch Android for a custom rom ?
As I’ve said, I can accept giving up bits and pieces where it’s worth it.
I want to know what you guys use as a good either paid or open source android phone locator, if I loose my phone. I want it to have the following features such as: gps location of phone, can take a pic of theif, remote lock, and remote erase.
I want something that is secure and as private as possibly, so I dont have to worry about the app having too much info about me. I will rather pay for an app if it is better to, because I know that free ones will gather and sell your data ( as you are the product).