I’ve been using firefox for a long time. I can’t enumerate all the great things this software brings. I care about privacy, and there is a particular thing I love about f… (lire la suite)
I’ve been using firefox for a long time. I can’t enumerate all the great things this software brings. I care about privacy, and there is a particular thing I love about firefox: it is how it let me have a control over the web that appear in my little window. So, if a website doesn’t care about privacy, I can apply it myself, by tweaking it thanks to this highly configurable, privacy-caring software. There has been tons of issues and debates over the years, and it is perfectly normal. FF guys are doing a great job to improve the software and I can’t thank them enough for that.
However, among all these little annoyance, something truly disturbs me. Back in the days, I remember struggling with privacy windows. If I opened multiple private windows, why the websites still can recognized me? Until I understood privacy windows are a SINGLE other profile (erased at startup), which, of course, share the same local space. Why is it called private windows? It isn’t. Not at all. It is the same thing as opening a different browser next to firefox, but doesn’t improve my privacy more than standard windows, especially for a user like me, used to remove all private datas once in a while. Call it “side profile”, make a different colored windows, I don’t know, but it has the wrong name: it’s not true “private windows” from a web perspective, and it bother me because I still think it is a trick, not understandable by common users.
Then, a few months ago, I’ve been really annoyed several times: when I log in to my gmail account, I’m automatically logged in to youtube. I don’t have a youtube account. Google made one for me. Everytime I discovered google was watching me watching videos, I felt betrayed. Of course, this in particular is not your problem. But I trusted my favorite web browser to defend me against this forced mercantile attempt to bargain with my life. I tried several plugins. Google is smarter. I used the “cookie exception” blacklist to remove youtube.com. It works but the list is destroyed everytime I clear local datas or update the browser. So, I set “Accept Third Party Cookies” to never. It’s drastic. And, above all, it doesn’t work with google! As if there was a king of the internet. I’m stunned... Somehow, it still succeed to share cookies between different domain names. Am I the only who thinks this is a giant security hole? Unless there is an internal whitelist somewhere...
I don’t want SSO. I don’t want to exchange parts of my life to have a little more convenient web. I just try to keep control and this time I have the feeling I’m doomed.
How google can gather cookies from its domains, with third party cookies turned off? Is that a bug? Is it because I’m doing something wrong? How come I make great efforts to protect my privacy, and my firefox, the most privacy caring browser out there, fails me on this specific point? How can I disable this behavior once and for all?
Sorry if it’s long, but I also think it’s needed for you to have my feedback, because I know some people don’t understand why it’s important to me. Thanks for your help.