"Log in with Facebook"
Yeah, right. Like I'm going to trust FB to be the gatekeeper for other sites. Same for Google et al.
The first thing users will see after updating to Mozilla's latest browser, Firefox 74, is a prompt to install the Facebook Container add-on. The Facebook Container add-on is not new, but has been enhanced in its latest version, 2.1.0, with the ability to add custom sites to the container so that you can "login with Facebook …
Did OpenID bite the dust?
It's still around, but almost no web sites are supporting it anymore. End users simply didn't understand it. I wrote some code for a web server that supported OpenID login, and I also included buttons that would use Google, Yahoo, etc. as OpenID providers -- people used *those* without even knowing that they were using OpenID. Unfortunately, almost no one pasted in their own OpenID, and all of the big services (including Google) eventually shut down their OpenID identity providers.
Silicon Valley giants do not like open standards when the alternative is something they control.
All these things require servers which have to be paid for and configuration to make them work.
That's a problem. My wireless internet provider doesn't even give me a public ip address - not even ipv6.
To do this properly you need your own stuff: a properly configured DNS, an internet-accessible IP, a user-based server running the authentication software, configuration coordination with the service provider... and you probably don't have internet link redundancy so an outage stops you doing anything.
I don't see this working well.
We need something which can scale, uses existing infrastructure and requires less end-user knowledge.
I already use the old container version and, since I don't use sites that force me to login to Facebook (since I deleted my account a long time ago), I'm happy with it.
But this seems like a great solution for FB addicts. Kudos to Firefox for their privacy push.
yeah I'd like those details published, please.
With more and more sites requiring script+cookies+whatever, I've resorted to running a "true sandbox" firefox for them. Log in as a non-priv user via 'su -', accessing my X11 desktop using a 'DISPLAY' environment variable in the context of that user (not the logged-in user for the desktop in other words), and close the browser completely when I'm done with it. Whenever I close that particular browser, it automatically WIPES ALL HISTORY AND COOKIES. So every time I run it, it is a "clean slate" with NO tracking data.
If I need multiple sites open at the same time, I can just have MULTIPLE USERS for this purpose.
IP address and browser fingerprints are still possible, though. If I cared enough I'd "genericize" the browser string, too, make ti say I'm running Win-10-nic and Edge or something.
and NO Faece-Bitch login for ME, *EVAR*
You'll also be happy to know that as of 73, if you use ALT key combinations that you can no longer reset zoom to normal using ALT-V-Z-R because the developer(s) who implemented the new zoom handler don't use ALT key combinations, and the neither do their UI team. This key combination has been valid as far as I can remember, so now its ALT-V-Z-use-the-damn-mouse.
From facebook we know that they sell directly all your data and give thousands of shady people full access to its api so slurp up everything. Google, on the other hand (to my knowledge), does not sell your data directly. They will match it with ads but the advertisers don't get your data. While both data hoarding services are very worrisome, currently I still view Google as the lesser evil of the two.
That's not right. Google's API provides just as much access as Facebook's. Google has APIs allowing developers to get access to all your emails on Gmail, for example. You need to log in to the third-party app to grant that permission, the same as Facebook. Facebook's ad targeting is very similar to Google's, and advertisers don't get access to the data with Facebook nor with Google. You can sign up as an advertiser with both, and see exactly what other advertisers see.
Cambridge Analytica was due to the amount of data available via Facebook APIs. The same thing could have happened with Google APIs, too. Facebook's APIs are way more locked down these days.
The best way to prevent Facebook from stalking you across the web is to block all of their sites and servers in your /etc/hosts file (or C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts if you're on windows). The blocklist can be downloaded and is a quick web search away.
This has the side effect of also making it impossible to log into Facebook itself ... but that's a feature, not a bug.
"Facebook is reckoned to have around 2.5 billion users so it is unlikely CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be perturbed."
I am not convinced that the number of ACTIVE people on Facebook is anywhere near 2.5 billion, I suspect this number is touted by Zuckerberg to make it seem like a better platform for adslingers than using Google.
There are still lots of dormant accounts (I know as I have one) plus duplicates, fakes, bots and even accounts for peoples pets on there.
I wish someone could explain Facebook developers that only means people will disable HTTP fully. Some I can access in SSH, some not. And sometimes a visual view is easier to gather some information.
I wonder if those developers are working from an isolated bunker well before any pandemic took place. Because they look to have a very narrow view of the world.
That narrow view of the world is that they are entitled to know everything about you, every scrap of data you produce regardless of if you even have a feacesbook account.
Anything that fucks with that is a good thing in my book.
Wherever there is a facebook button, it overlays a little gate icon to show it has detected (and blocked) the slurper.
Never had a farcebook account and never will. Ergo, they should not be able to track me around the web and this nice little tool does precisely that.
(I have also disabled flash 'cookies' without going to the website and asking for it - it is really simple).
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