Let’s set the scene: two mobiles (iOS and Android), desktop computer (Windows), iPad, laptop (Linux). What’s common? Mozilla Firefox of course!
Why? Because by synchronizing your open tabs, browser history, bookmarks and extensions across devices it doesn’t matter which device you’re using. Plus you use your Firefox account to access the Pocket link saving and promoting service. Pretty neat right?
It’s quite simple to setup Firefox Sync. All you need is a verified email address and a password. Every time you sync a new device you do have to confirm the action via click link in email sent you. And another thing.
Sync won’t let you login without the correct password. No brainier that for a service, right. But Sync goes better and the sign-in button won’t activate unless the password’s correct. No not magic but that would be cool. Just intelligent use of public and private keys.
Starting June 30, 2016 Indian news site have put in ad blocker mechanisms. So if you don’t want to be tracked you can’t access their news.
IMHO its no big loss as you can read most of the really important news on sites like the BBC and CNN :p
Or you can use an ad blocker like uBlock Origin on Mozilla Firefox like I do. The plugin is also available on Chrome and on Opera (are there any other noteworthy browsers?)
Of the many ad blockers (free and paid) available ‘Origin is the best. Its completely replaced Ghostery and Disconnect for me. Both add considerable resource overhead (no-no when using an older computer with under 2 GB RAM).
Update@July 12/16: Times of India web edidition isn’t being bypassed by the ad blocker 🙁 but if you click the stop button when the page loads you can read without ads.
And ‘Origin let’s you white list specific pages via Ctrl+Click. Not exact but it should tide you over until the news providers come to their senses.
Oh the irony. Syme is a new secure social network with plans to compete against Facebook (which we all know is happily sharing user data with the US Government. Like duh!) yet has a Facebook page. It’s early days so no idea if:
(a) Syme will be popular or is just another leaky app
(b) if Facebook admin’s wise up and remove a competitor (proving Syme is viable after all. I mean if Facebook bans a competitor that app must be doing it right)
The Syme homepage offer a Google Chrome app link. I mean like really! Default Google Chrome browser phones home (Google) sharing user browsing details with Google. So how does a secure network guarantee user security when it offers a plugin for a browser that 90% of users have transmitting their online activity to the developer.
I don’t use Google Chrome browser unless I have to (for extension testing). Even in fully locked down mode. Instead I use the free SRWare Iron browser that uses the open-source Chromium browser engine code. Iron is Chrome less Google’s custom data sharing settings. Chrome even has its own extension site; except these aren’t all that great. The actual Chrome App Store (for official Google approved extensions) don’t work very well in Iron. But no biggie
And the Stme privacy ironies don’t end. The Syme Blog is hosted by Posthaven that claims to remain online forever. As long as users pay their USD 5 dues monthly. Yeah right! Blame the users for failure to continue. Where have we heard that before? Posthaven lets you blog by sending them an email. Can any data sharing method be even more insecure? It isn’t that hard to setup a free blog. WordPress.com offers a free blog with a free subdomain (aka mysitexyz.wordpress.com) and runs in secure mode so that data exchange between you and site is encrypted against snoopers.
Next rant someday soon.