All countries of the world have the same issues with censorship and surveillance by their ISPs and Governments.
In some countries it is an inconvenience and others it is a matter of life and death.
There are tools that can help you to detect what (if any) interference is happening with your internet connection.
OONI Probe is available for mobile and desktop OSs.
The desktop version is more throughout and may take about 3 hours to do the main test for site availability.
You can continue this thread, but please note that this section of the forum has nothing to do with the browser.
Suggestions for the browser should go in the browser section, where the devs may actually see them.
It should be noted, that Windows 7 doesn't install this stuff by default.
Only if you activate Automatic Updates (which are off by default) and tell them you also want to have "recommended" optional updates installed automatically, you get telemetry installed without further consent:
Default Settings of Windows Update on Windows 7.
If don't enable the checkbox under "Recommended", you will only get important security updates and no privacy-invading features.
I also would like to know, what implementation of Sync will be used. Only way I will ever user this feature though, is if it will be end to end encryption. That way I can be sure, that only I can access the data, no one else ever in any circumstances! Other way it's useless for me.
And from security and privacy point of view, there's no any good reason, why anyone except me should have access to my private data at all. My point is, that company / developers have decision what kind of implementation they'll choose for this kind of feature. If they honor privacy and security, end to end encryption it is. If it's anything else, there's always some hidden agenda to have this kind of back door and access to my private data at will. It's simply unacceptable!
So please keep in mind what is really at stake here, and take it really seriously!
PS: I understand, that there's need good backup as far, as user can loose data. Still there's local backup all the time. So as far as standard hosting has normal backup of data (encrypted data) there's no problem at all. And it's different question. Also argument about problem solving is nonsense. You don't need any private data ever, to check problem And if in some crazy situation you need access (still I don't understand why), you can fairly ask user during some bug check if he's willing to give you password for developer to test problem. Still personally I would never do such thing. With proper backup on any of local machines, there's always a way to recover data. Implementation of synchronization is not from process point of view some rocket science, to need to check many and many of business data, to be able to identify the problem.
Thank you very much for your answer.
Meanwhile I also found out more about Vivaldi and how this works.
Vivaldi is a very good browser already at version 1.0 and I am looking forward to enjoy it further.
All the best, Eva
The method of "spying" visited sites is known but the implementation is not good enough.
Sniffiy is 100% wrong on my Vivaldi regarding secure sites i have been visiting.
It's not working for me now in Vivaldi and Chrome, but IIRC it worked quite well against Vivaldi and Chrome in my testing when I first started this thread. I don't know; perhaps this is due to there now being some sort of mitigation fix in Chromium and/or Vivaldi. It's still working to some degree in Firefox, when I just tried.
Linux Mint 17 … just doesn't understand the format of my two work VPN .ovpn files because the version of OpenVPN shipped with it is too old. ... upgrading OpenVPN and possibly NetworkManager
Hi. I'm still using AirVPN [with TCP not UDP] in my Mint x64 17.2 KDE, & it's still doing fine. Your remarks as quoted above intrigued me, so i checked my installed versions of OpenVPN & NetworkManager = "2.3.2-7ubuntu3.1" & "0.9.8.8-0ubuntu7.2" respectively. What are yours?
Oh, not directly part of the above i suppose, but more broadly related fyi, on my Android phone, once i managed to get AirVPN working well on my Linux desktop, i also setup & use daily my AirVPN account there too, via the app OpenVPN for Android, with multiple .ovpn configs i created at my AirVPN account & downloaded. There's been some tricky moments, but mostly this also works well for me.
:whistle: I live near 1 of the compromised transatlantic sites.
It was a simple matter of putting the right people in the right jobs in the right buildings.
Nothing trick or fancy, and all the time in the world.
Unfortunately since the forum change, I now have too many links in my posts so I can't edit them or add any more.
The blog where i started collecting them has a few more, and is where I will have to continue posting.
The 2 most recent are;
Also extensions like Ghostery and Privacy Badger (from the EFF) are available and work (for me) on Vivaldi (1.0.258.3 (Developer Build) (32-bit)) .
If you go to the Extensions page and go to 'Get More Extensions' at the bottom you can search for other Privacy type extensions.
For what it's worth I have Developer Mode enabled on the Extensions page, as I use the opera Notes extension, and am able to view all loaded extensions.
These are not 'Bullet Proof' but they will help keep most trackers at bay.
I have dabbled over the years, but I don't need that level of protection.
I would rather see certain useful APIs become standard, and that all browsers have DNS poison protection.
Authenticated, safe and secure browsing should not be for the select few.
As for paranoia, not particularly. I am thinking on behalf of everyone.
I have been in the habit of using encryption whenever available since the Amiga days (1990s).
Therefore like many Amiga users have always been puzzled at the lack of interest and understanding in the PC world.
Steve Gibson jokes about it in the last episode of "Security Now" (ep-512).
We are in 2015 and you do not expect to hear a big or important company claim that encryption is something new they have to learn about :huh:
My paranoia is about the dumb-asses in important positions, that have no clue about the things they are paid to have opinions on.
My paranoia is also "Dave" (see this weeks Security Now https://twit.tv/shows/security-now/episodes/512)
In simple terms my paranoia is "Human Error" far more than GCHQ capturing my traffic, or Microsoft using/testing account details sent via MSN and Skype chat.