Firefox Stop Home Calls

During my last Network Monitoring found out that MANY of „free“ Software calls home permanent

Article:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-stop-firefox-making-automatic-connections

.. if you want to be safe, block all OUTGOING Traffic by a Firewall or local DNS Server and use a Proxy with Auth Mechanism!

BIG DATA COMPANYS ABUSE POWER

If have read the latest News about the Big Data Collector and his for FREE shared Browser, you see that the big data Company’s abuses their power to block Websites from their Buisiness.

With the next upcoming Releases they prevent fast access to public News Sites or other Blogs and enforces the Website Owners to ACCEPT the NEW RULES.

You see that most FREE Software IS NOT REALLY FREE Software, cause it’s a Tool to take CONTROL over the normal USERS!

To PREVENT this POLITICS try to use ALTERNATE SOFTWARE like the ICECAT Browser, sometimes it’s more useful to have a CLOSER look at the SOFTWARE you use at you DAILY Office.

..get back the CONTROL over your SYSTEMS!!

Surf Browser Slim Twitter Timeline on Desktop

If you search for a slim twitter client on desktops try the small „surf“ browser

install with:

sudo apt-get install surf

and use
surf https://mobile.twitter.com/yourprofilename

Now you have a slim and clean Twitter Timeline like on Tablets, it can be resized to Banner or Fullscreen.

Security: Isolated Browser eMail Programs

If you want to be more secure, on Linux you can isolate used programs on different Users! All you need is installed by default!

isolated firefox thunderbird

Howto:

  • Add a new User for eMail and Browser to the System with:

$sudo adduser mailuser
$sudo adduser webuser

  • now install if not installed by default „gksu“ User Switch

$sudo apt-get install gksu

  • copy now the default App Links to webuser’s Home Desktop, for mailuser enter mailuser’s name

$cp /usr/share/applications/firefox-esr.desktop /home/webuser/Desktop/firefox-esr.desktop

  • edit the firefox-esr.desktop by right click on nautilus or a editor and change command line:
  • old:

/usr/lib/firefox-esr/firefox-esr %u

  • to:

gksu -u webuser -w "/usr/lib/firefox-esr/firefox-esr %u"

  • save and exit
  • Now to test click on the Firefox App Link and a Password is asked! Enter the webuser password and you use Firefox on a isolated Account!
  • Do same for thunderbird eMail Client! that no bad Code can access your Emails!
  • Set the Home Folder rights for webuser and mailuser to 700 with:

$sudo chmod 700 /home/webuser
$sudo chmod 700 /home/mailuser

  • Remark: Same Technics available at Windows or other Unix Systems, alternate use VNCSERVER! a App to run Desktops inside Desktops!
  • Advantage: Programs run on isolated RAM Space!

Android Browser: GNU IceCat the better Android Browser for you?

If you use Android on your Tablet or Phone, and you like to get back more privacy and security you should take a closer look at the GNU IceCat Android Browser:

Source: https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/icecat/38.6.0/ (Outside of Play Store)

IceCat need NO Google Account and does not call home, install it and try it. I don’t wanne miss IceCat on my Cellphones

Handling is same like Firefox, cause it’s based on Firefox Framework, but offers more user access.