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Reminder: You cannot surf anonymously using your regular computer or phone

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Facebook has been in the news for not taking its users privacy seriously enough and some people have started to wonder what type of information about them is “out there”.

If this has been identified as a problem, the next step is for the user to try and prevent too much data about them to leak out and they may be using some super duper plugin in Chrome or Firefox that they think gets rid of all traces of their surfing habits.

More advanced users, have started to use VPNs (you have to if you’re on Wifi and don’t want all your data to be exposed to the world 😉 #hole196) and think they’ll be all right since their IP address is hidden.

They’re all wrong! 😀 It’s not enough.

Just got to https://panopticlick.eff.org and see how unique your fingerprint is.

It doesn’t matter how you’re trying protect your privacy. If the server at the other end is storing a unique signature linked to you, it’ll recognize you next time you pop round.

The solution…Use a virtual environment (VirtualBox is easy to use) and inside, keep the OS’ settings as standard as possible. Add some security and privacy plugins to your browser, but always check that it doesn’t give your identity away.

Once it’s configured, take a snapshot and use it to surf “anonymously”. Always go back to that snapshots. Don’t sync your bookmarks, passwords and what not.

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If you want to spam the world, BT is one of the best network to be on. Nb 7 in Spamhaus’ worst ISP list

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Spam continues to plague the Internet because a small number of large Internet Service Providers sell service knowingly to professional spammers for profit, or do nothing to prevent spammers operating from their networks.

Although all networks claim to be anti-spam, some network executives factor revenue made from hosting known spam gangs into corporate policy decisions to continue to sell services to spam operations. Others simply decide that closing the holes in their end-user broadband systems that allow spammers access would be too costly to their bottom lines.

The majority of the world’s service providers succeed in keeping spammers off their networks and work to maintain a positive anti-spam reputation, but their work is undermined daily by the few networks who, out of corporate greed or mismanagement, choose to be part of the problem.


Source: Spamhaus Blocklist (SBL) database. Data is compiled automatically every 24 hours from the SBL database and sorted by the number of currently listed SBL records for each network (ISP/NSP). The source data, including record information on each spam issue listed can be viewed by clicking on the Number of Known Spam Issues links.

http://www.spamhaus.org/statistics/networks.lasso

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