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!
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 […]
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.
If you use current Browsers like Firefox you should test icecat as hardened replacement to stop automatic execution of codes free Download incl Addons: https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/
If you want to be more secure, on Linux you can isolate used programs on different Users! All you need is installed by default! 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" […]
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.