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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday January 28 2020, @01:07AM (12 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 28 2020, @01:07AM (#949716) Homepage Journal

    At the router, hosts file blacklists tons of crap. It's too much bother to keep multiple machines updated with everything, so the router is first line of defense.

    uBlock Origin is installed on everything behind the router. Javascript disabled.

    Each machine, and each browser is configured differently from that point. Security in one browser is pretty lax, so that I can look at stupid shit like Facefook, meaning that I allow javascript to run on some sites. The browser used for online financial transactions is locked down much more tightly. Oh, I mentioned multiple browsers? That, in and of itself is a line of defense. Visiting hackmeimstupid.com with Vivaldi or Opera doesn't expose anything locked away in Firefox or Chromium.

    Remember, security isn't a product, it's a process. If you rely on hosts files, they have to be updated regularly. Your browser extensions aren't static, they have to be updated in response to new threats.

    And, you have to be aware of what the extensions are doing! If AdBlock is collecting your information, then selling it on, then AdBlock isn't doing you any good at all, right? If the addon is accepting money from advertisers to allow their ads through, you've gained nothing with the addon.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @05:34AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @05:34AM (#949905)

    If the addon is accepting money from advertisers to allow their ads through, you've gained nothing with the addon.

    Sure you have: a false sense of security, additional unnecessary load that circumvents the protection you thought you had, and getting to be a participant in one of the largest known and ongoing protection rackets on the Internet. /s

  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday January 28 2020, @06:47PM (3 children)

    by Freeman (732) on Tuesday January 28 2020, @06:47PM (#950170) Journal

    Multiple browsers won't save you, if your system is pwned by insert sketchy site.

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    "I said in my haste, All men are liars." Psalm 116:11
    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday January 28 2020, @11:33PM (2 children)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 28 2020, @11:33PM (#950319) Homepage Journal

      True. And, that is a big part of the reason I got off of Windows. Remember the wonderful early XP days? You could do a fresh install, connect to the internet for updates, and be pwned before the updates downloaded. Oh, those were good times!! I finally wised up, and cached those updates locally, so the XP computer didn't have to connect immediately after a fresh install.

      In Linux land, I've had a browser hijacked a couple of times, but the system has never been pwned.

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      "Trust the science" -- Tony Fauci and his army of psycophants
      • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday January 28 2020, @11:44PM (1 child)

        by Freeman (732) on Tuesday January 28 2020, @11:44PM (#950321) Journal

        True, but there are sane policies on Linux systems, where pwning of a browser != keys to the kingdom. It requires a fair bit more effort on the hackers' part. Still, I'd take the wild west days of XP vs the Surveillance days of Win10/Forever.

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        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Fnord666 on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:29AM

          by Fnord666 (652) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 01 2020, @04:29AM (#952191) Homepage

          True, but there are sane policies on Linux systems, where pwning of a browser != keys to the kingdom. It requires a fair bit more effort on the hackers' part. Still, I'd take the wild west days of XP vs the Surveillance days of Win10/Forever.

          Not running your every day workload as a user with root/admin privileges alleviates a lot of this. Set up user level accounts and don't log into the admin account unless you need to do so.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @10:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 02 2020, @10:33PM (#952899)

    That right - I do not block ads. I block tracking sites, ads are lost becuase of the tracking.

    Websites, send me ads all day, I wan to read them. But you want any information back beyond IP, bye.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 03 2020, @09:29AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 03 2020, @09:29AM (#953076)

    See subject & here's how: APK Hosts File Engine 2.0++ 64-bit for Linux & BSD http://apk.it-mate.co.uk/APKHostsFileEngineForLinux.zip [it-mate.co.uk]

    Yields more security/speed/reliability/anonymity vs. any 1 solution (99% of threats use hostnames vs. IP address most firewalls use) more efficiently/FASTER + NATIVELY 4 less!

    Vs. "Bolt on 'MoAr' illogic-logic" slowing you hosts speed u up 2 ways: Adblocks + Hardcode fav. sites u spend most time @ vs. competition loaded w/ security bugs (DNS/AntiVir) + overheads slowing u (messagepass 'souled-out' to advertisers easily detected & blocked addons + firewall filtering drivers) & their complexity leads to exploitation!

    * ONLY 1 of its kind in GUI 4 Linux/BSD.

    (Better vs. Windows model in speed/efficiency/merge)

    This is NOT spam & you bullies/stalkers/impersonators (barbara hudson, c6gunner, webmistressrachel, Coren22, gweihir, amicusNYCL, etc...) know better than to pull your BULLSHIT spam mod censorship CRAP w/ me.

    APK

    P.S.=> Protects vs. script trackers/ads/DNS request tracking + redirect poisoned or downed DNS/botnets/malware downloads/malcript/email malicious payloads... apk

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06 2020, @06:15AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06 2020, @06:15AM (#954650)

      This is NOT spam & you bullies/stalkers/impersonators (barbara hudson, c6gunner, webmistressrachel, Coren22, gweihir, amicusNYCL, etc...) know better than to pull your BULLSHIT spam mod censorship CRAP w/ me.

      Whaddya think people? Should we go for it? I'll be happy to. Or should I wait for a second post?

      He's easy to trigger. Should we just troll him for a while?

      Barb, where are ya? You always get the best out of him. Please chime in

    • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Monday February 10 2020, @10:01PM (1 child)

      by tangomargarine (667) on Monday February 10 2020, @10:01PM (#956559)

      Ha, APK is still around! Some things never change.

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      "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 11 2020, @06:40AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 11 2020, @06:40AM (#956763)

        Except the speed of moderating his posts, apparently.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2020, @12:18AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2020, @12:18AM (#960509)

    And, you have to be aware of what the extensions are doing! If AdBlock is collecting your information, then selling it on, then AdBlock isn't doing you any good at all, right? If the addon is accepting money from advertisers to allow their ads through, you've gained nothing with the addon.

    Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    In your examples, then AdBlock will have my information for the highest bidder, but it means that all the B, C, D, E and more companies don't have it. I'd rather a couple have it than everybody.

    Likewise, if the addon is allowing some advertisers through but blocking others, it's still an improvement. If an antibiotic "only kills 99% of pathogenic bacteria," I'd still use it if I were sick with a bacteria infection, even if 1% still gets through.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2020, @09:40AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2020, @09:40AM (#960644)

      There's nothing to stop them from selling it to multiple places, nor those places reselling it, nor those places reselling it, etc. Plus you also have to figure out the coverage of what they block, as it doesn't matter if they block 99% of companies if the one or two it doesn't has 50%+ market share.