@QuHno said in Worrying news about Startpage and DuckDuckGo:
@Dr-Flay I wonder why hidemysearches doesn't use POST but GET in their search form at the top of the about page and on their homepage ...
All search engine I use are put in POST, Startpage too
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.
If you do put a blocker in the browser,and I hope you do, you should look at two extensions for Chrome - uBlock and uMatrix (from the same person) - their interface is quite nice with lots of power features tucked away for advanced users, but still easy enough to understand for non-advanced users.
Yes, preinstalled software is always a problem on PCs. You have to trust your PC dealer or manufacturer.
In the past there were alwys issues with unsafe/outdated software on computers of big manufacturers.
But some webfilters and internet security software do install faked/intercepting certificates for SSL scanning, too.
Dont use web filters and deactivate antivurus scan for SSL connections and our data will always be on encrypted transport.
It is not easy to check and trust installed software if yo are not a IT geek but a normal PC user.
You can change it in the main settings panel. Look in the "Display All" section.
That is also where you can add or edit them.
Hope that helps.
This is also not the correct section of the forum for this.
Issues relating to the Vivaldi browser should be posted in the "Vivaldi Browser" section.