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I want to control what information Firefox gives out.

I found a reply to a question where you can control and edit a file (I think) - this controls everything that is given out. Things like screen resolution and Firefox version. I want to be in control of these things. I can't find this thread now!!!!

I've read up how some websites will manipulate and try to be very controlling in pinpointing you - like images in emails and more sophisticated things like HTML canvass, or the good old trick of using Flash cookies.

I don't like the thought of someone being able to track and pinpoint by collecting different bits of information and putting together.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

Thanks.

I want to control what information Firefox gives out. I found a reply to a question where you can control and edit a file (I think) - this controls everything that is given out. Things like screen resolution and Firefox version. I want to be in control of these things. I can't find this thread now!!!! I've read up how some websites will manipulate and try to be very controlling in pinpointing you - like images in emails and more sophisticated things like HTML canvass, or the good old trick of using Flash cookies. I don't like the thought of someone being able to track and pinpoint by collecting different bits of information and putting together. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks.

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jscher2000
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Maybe search for threads that use the term fingerprinting.

The idea behind fingerprinting is that even if you clear cookies, some aspects of your browser do not change often so looking at those things together could be a unique marker of a specific browser.

Maybe search for threads that use the term '''fingerprinting'''. The idea behind fingerprinting is that even if you clear cookies, some aspects of your browser do not change often so looking at those things together could be a unique marker of a specific browser.
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See also: *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-protection-against-fingerprinting

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Guys, thanks for the replies. I'll search up fingerprinting threads. That link is really helpful.

But one thing... 'I don't want to hide information as such'.

I read an excellent article on html canvas. They were arguing AGAINST disabling html canvass. They said it was like being in a crowd of 1000 people and everyone looking normal, apart from you - you're wearing a mask to hide yourself - which would look highly odd of course. This in turn goes double whammy, because now they put the spotlight on you and by using other tracking details, they track you MORE easily.

So... I don't want to hide. I want to control AND change the information being given out.

Any further thoughts?

Thanks.

Guys, thanks for the replies. I'll search up fingerprinting threads. That link is really helpful. But one thing... ''''''I don't want to hide information as such''''''. I read an excellent article on html canvas. They were arguing AGAINST disabling html canvass. They said it was like being in a crowd of 1000 people and everyone looking normal, apart from you - you're wearing a mask to hide yourself - which would look highly odd of course. This in turn goes double whammy, because now they put the spotlight on you and by using other tracking details, they track you MORE easily. So... I don't want to hide. I want to control AND change the information being given out. Any further thoughts? Thanks.
WestEnd
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@enginestar, as long as your on the internet your tracked regardless, anonymous is a myth - you have IP address and ISP IP addres that locates you. Internet is Public so going into public you become public. One is never truly hidden.

@enginestar, as long as your on the internet your tracked regardless, anonymous is a myth - you have IP address and ISP IP addres that locates you. Internet is Public so going into public you become public. One is never truly hidden.

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WestEnd said

@enginestar, as long as your on the internet your tracked regardless, anonymous is a myth - you have IP address and ISP IP addres that locates you. Internet is Public so going into public you become public. One is never truly hidden.

Yes, I understand. But, I read in another post how I can edit and change the information that Firefox sends out. So, for example, if my resolution is 1920x1080, then I can edit a file (or setting within Firefox) and change to whatever I like. So the end website will get whatever information I choose to put in - and NOT get another jigsaw piece that could be used to track.

Any ideas where I can edit this information?

Thanks.

''WestEnd [[#answer-1142324|said]]'' <blockquote> @enginestar, as long as your on the internet your tracked regardless, anonymous is a myth - you have IP address and ISP IP addres that locates you. Internet is Public so going into public you become public. One is never truly hidden. </blockquote> Yes, I understand. But, I read in another post how I can edit and change the information that Firefox sends out. So, for example, if my resolution is 1920x1080, then I can edit a file (or setting within Firefox) and change to whatever I like. So the end website will get whatever information I choose to put in - and NOT get another jigsaw piece that could be used to track. Any ideas where I can edit this information? Thanks.
WestEnd
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You can find and use anonymous login sites to go anonymous but if the site requires cookies or tracking to work you will be blocked. You can use VPN or Proxy but those themselves also log your activities and where you go to. So again if you have nothing that is criminal or illegal to hide - I highly doubt they care about your internet activities. Remember your ISP knows your activities. Also some cookies require tracking so if you block or stop them - will stop working all together. You can stop cookies to extend by only giving access to the site cookies or allowing only cookies from that site or check do not accept third party cookies. But beyond doing anything if you don't want tracking or what Browser info gets sent out on you - then last resort is cut off the Internet. But if you go to a Public Library to use the computers you will still be tracked but this time you will not be the own doing the controlling what info gets sent out. In this day and age of Electronic tracking/history you give and take in order to have some semblance internet access. The Question your asking is more a Philosophy directed then what meaning is.

You can find and use anonymous login sites to go anonymous but if the site requires cookies or tracking to work you will be blocked. You can use VPN or Proxy but those themselves also log your activities and where you go to. So again if you have nothing that is criminal or illegal to hide - I highly doubt they care about your internet activities. Remember your ISP knows your activities. Also some cookies require tracking so if you block or stop them - will stop working all together. You can stop cookies to extend by only giving access to the site cookies or allowing only cookies from that site or check do not accept third party cookies. But beyond doing anything if you don't want tracking or what Browser info gets sent out on you - then last resort is cut off the Internet. But if you go to a Public Library to use the computers you will still be tracked but this time you will not be the own doing the controlling what info gets sent out. In this day and age of Electronic tracking/history you give and take in order to have some semblance internet access. The Question your asking is more a Philosophy directed then what meaning is.

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@WestEnd Thanks for the reply. I don't have an issue with tracking. I just don't want to give away jigsaw pieces freely. Simple innocent things like HTML canvas, screen resolution and other things, are used to pinpoint a user.

I don't want to use a VPN. I just want to be in control of what information they read on me.

I feel like Im the only person in the world asking for this? :(

@WestEnd Thanks for the reply. I don't have an issue with tracking. I just don't want to give away jigsaw pieces freely. Simple innocent things like HTML canvas, screen resolution and other things, are used to pinpoint a user. I don't want to use a VPN. I just want to be in control of what information they read on me. I feel like I''m the only person in the world asking for this? :(
jscher2000
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enginestar said

I read in another post how I can edit and change the information that Firefox sends out. So, for example, if my resolution is 1920x1080, then I can edit a file (or setting within Firefox) and change to whatever I like. So the end website will get whatever information I choose to put in - and NOT get another jigsaw piece that could be used to track.

What resolution would you use instead? Full HD is a common resolution, and common characteristics are less identifying. Fingerprinting, in my view, is more about uniquess and consistency than it is about any single value.

https://panopticlick.eff.org/about

Anyway, I'm not aware of a specific setting to send fake screen resolutions to websites, other than maybe the developer tool Responsive Design Mode which isn't convenient for normal browsing.

''enginestar [[#answer-1142571|said]]'' <blockquote> I read in another post how I can edit and change the information that Firefox sends out. So, for example, if my resolution is 1920x1080, then I can edit a file (or setting within Firefox) and change to whatever I like. So the end website will get whatever information I choose to put in - and NOT get another jigsaw piece that could be used to track. </blockquote> What resolution would you use instead? Full HD is a common resolution, and common characteristics are less identifying. Fingerprinting, in my view, is more about uniquess and consistency than it is about any single value. https://panopticlick.eff.org/about Anyway, I'm not aware of a specific setting to send fake screen resolutions to websites, other than maybe the developer tool [https://developer.mozilla.org/docs/Tools/Responsive_Design_Mode Responsive Design Mode] which isn't convenient for normal browsing.

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Thanks for the reply @jscher2000 I'm not stuck on the screen resolution :) I want control over everything.

While browsing for an answer, I found this: https://www.howtogeek.com/113439/how-to-change-your-browsers-user-agent-without-installing-any-extensions/

I think this would be a good step. But not sure if it gives everything

Thanks for the reply @jscher2000 I'm not stuck on the screen resolution :) I want control over everything. While browsing for an answer, I found this: https://www.howtogeek.com/113439/how-to-change-your-browsers-user-agent-without-installing-any-extensions/ I think this would be a good step. But not sure if it gives everything
jscher2000
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enginestar said

I want control over everything.

Don't we all. ;-)

While browsing for an answer, I found this: https://www.howtogeek.com/113439/how-to-change-your-browsers-user-agent-without-installing-any-extensions/ I think this would be a good step.

Bear in mind that some sites may behave differently depending on how your browser is identified. For example, if you change the user agent to something other than Firefox, it will affect your ability to install add-ons (the Add-ons site will tell you you need to install Firefox).

''enginestar [[#answer-1142598|said]]'' <blockquote> I want control over everything. </blockquote> Don't we all. ;-) <blockquote>While browsing for an answer, I found this: https://www.howtogeek.com/113439/how-to-change-your-browsers-user-agent-without-installing-any-extensions/ I think this would be a good step. </blockquote> Bear in mind that some sites may behave differently depending on how your browser is identified. For example, if you change the user agent to something other than Firefox, it will affect your ability to install add-ons (the Add-ons site will tell you you need to install Firefox).

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Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

Buy a VPN account. Use a Extension but will still give info away one way or another : https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/search/?platform=windows&q=VPN

Buy a VPN account. Use a Extension but will still give info away one way or another : https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/search/?platform=windows&q=VPN

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@Pkshadow I don't need a VPN. I don't want to be hiding as such! Don't get me wrong.

I just feel uneasy, that ANY website that I use, can put jigsaw pieces together and identify and locate my every movement.

So... changing setting like disabling Javascript and others... can themselves be factors that help identify you! (Since you are only a handful of people who do this).

Instead, I simply wanted to give them garbage - it's data, but nothing that helps them keep a jigsaw. Hope that makes sense.

@Pkshadow I don't need a VPN. I don't want to be hiding as such! Don't get me wrong. I just feel uneasy, that ANY website that I use, can put jigsaw pieces together and identify and locate my every movement. So... changing setting like disabling Javascript and others... can themselves be factors that help identify you! (Since you are only a handful of people who do this). Instead, I simply wanted to give them garbage - it's data, but nothing that helps them keep a jigsaw. Hope that makes sense.
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You may want to start with Windows 10 then : Check this list out and is not all and also they change. Can add these to your host file.

Spybot will add to hosts file.

a tiny fraction.

You may want to start with Windows 10 then : Check this list out and is not all and also they change. Can add these to your host file. *https://community.sophos.com/products/unified-threat-management/f/web-protection-web-filtering-application-visibility-control/47019/here-s-how-to-block-windows-10-spying *https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10 *https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/ Spybot will add to hosts file. a tiny fraction.
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You can disable third-party cookies and if necessary to make a website work properly you can create cookie allow exceptions for specific domains.

You can set network.cookie.thirdparty.sessionOnly to true on the about:config page to make third-party cookies behave as session cookies that expire when Firefox is closed.

You can disable third-party cookies and if necessary to make a website work properly you can create cookie allow exceptions for specific domains. You can set <b>network.cookie.thirdparty.sessionOnly</b> to true on the <b>about:config</b> page to make third-party cookies behave as session cookies that expire when Firefox is closed.