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Re: [tor-talk] Tracking blocker
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On 02/19/2016 11:44 PM, Paul A. Crable wrote:
> A NYT article yesterday discussed tracking blockers and recommended
> Disconnect from among four candidates for Intel-architecture
> computers. Disconnect would be installed as an add-on to Firefox.
> You have a standing recommendation that we not install add-ons to
> the TOR browser. Would that prohibition apply to the tracking
> blocker Disconnect?
It's not clear to me why Disconnect and similar systems are so
popular. My understanding is that they basically act as blacklists.
This is relatively easy for a competent attacker to bypass, and the
blacklist definitely changes your browser fingerprint compared to a
stock browser. (Dynamic blacklists like Privacy Badger are probably
worse in terms of fingerprintability.) Tor Browser is designed to
make tracking less effective without resorting to a blacklist , so
in theory you don't need a blacklist anyway.
- -Jeremy Rand
 Of course, Tor Browser is imperfect in this area, so it is at
least plausible that a blacklist might help in some limited
circumstances. I doubt that it would be a net benefit.
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