Test your browser privacy

My two cents… One way to test your browser´s privacy is to visit EFF-project website, which gives you an option to test your browser against trackers. Also good info about how tracking works. https://coveryourtracks.eff.org/


Interesting page. Tests also here and here.


BTW: it’s no so easy to satisfy every single aspect of such tests.

Most aspects will be defined by the browser and you can’t change them.

Other things, for instance cookies, are tested not good enough: The test says, you have cookies enabled, very bad, but sure you have! What the test can’t know is that you have a browser addon which deletes cookies by rules and at regular time intervals.

Other example: fonts. The test says, you have 183 fonts installed which make you identifiable. What the test doesn’t know is that this list is a random fake provided by an addon.

Such tests are good to wake up people and let awareness grow. But you must always interpret the results.


Using my /e/browser

“Unique fingerprint” ! does that means i am recognizable but not identifiable ?

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It would give a good clue to a match. For instance you could run a data harvesting firm with anonomised data. A bank needs a profile on some customers.

You are given the known name and fingerprint. You are asked to profile the customers from internet traffic to some sample sites.

I would estimate you could provide > 95% accurate data from fingerprint alone. Just a guess!

I tried it with DuckDuckGo “Privacy Browser”.

Now, try it with Brave ! :blush:


I took you up on that and was surprised!! Brave default setting.


DuckDuckGo is a fairly basic webview-based browser with little extra privacy features. The results would be normal there.

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Hi, So I’ll offer this site to add to the knowledge base https://www.privacytools.io/

The term privacy, and anonymity of course are different. The bank example our colleague mentions is a good example of privacy infringement but not anonymity breaching. Data harvesting data collection ,patterns of behavior over time, data analytics, and site to site tracking techniques using cookies, persistent cookies , beacons and fingerprinting are all invasive marketing surveillance tactics used piously by almost 80 to 90% of the clear web. You may already know this, so what are we trying to accomplish and to what lengths?..even with the announcement by the worlds largest add and marketing co. that they are doing away with third party tracking cookies, watching patterns and user behavior coupled with observation and collection of visitor traits over time of the devices visiting sites, communicating aggregated data from one site to the next by way of non Personally identifiable information (meta data) to data collectors most of whom are owned by the add company who also provides free email service and a phone operating system used by majority of people, as well as API for developers to again gather real time data , again used to create the thousands of apps, coupled with any credentials you create, using that same email mentioned, and finally human habits which we repeat over and over, much can be learned and inferred. So what’s my point? 1) getting rid of third party cookies is insignificant, 2) to remain even somewhat outside of the behavior surveillance. First dump every thing connected to that company. /e phones are the first step, proper VPN, the appropriate browser and the settings on that browser, change habits and behaviors, create deception, never use real name on forum, social media or when creating accounts. Something more significant about an effective VPN and setting it to exit node outside the US. Now you must learn about international law, and consumer, rights and the rights to refuse any depositing of cookies at all not just third party…US is the worst country to be detected from .they have pathetically little rights to refuse cookies although that may change somewhat in the future. Finally FYI, any Do Not Track setting in any browser is flagrantly ignored… Its useless…get into habit of reading terms of use and privacy policies. Thus the previous paragraph.


I don´t consider myself very advanced in all aspects of information technology, and I don´t think I have skills, means (or time) to acquire info to understand all the issues that affect the privacy online. So, if you don´t mind luka, I would add third number to your list. We would need more easy accessible info. All of it is maybe out there, but in smithereens all over. Even choosing between the browsers doesn´t seem to be so straightforward. Or how to interpret test results, as mentioned here on one previous post. What about the controversies connected to a browser, which seemed to get good results with the privacy test. I tried to do the test using VPN with Tor-browser. Never got the result though. After ten minutes waiting the test was still in process and I lost patience… Obviously VPN and Tor combo isn´t very convenient in all situations. I have many questions, and I feel some of them so stupid, that I don´t dare to ask them. And yes, I would like to change the rhetorics. I wouldn´t necessarily want to have the responsibility to cover my tracks, I just would want “them” to stop the intrusion. Huh! :grinning:

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Hi mok, sorry for the long post, but I like to help, I wanted to share some things. First no questions are stupid on this topic, the topic of privacy, also known as data Security, Why does Europe tend toward supporting privacy? One need only read history to answer that. The US capitalism defends corporate entities first and not the human, because it has been taken from without consent and the technology placates and patronizes the consumer so they think they shoud be ashamed for challenging the giving hand of convenience, I and many here in this community along with you want them to stop, but so do EFF.org Electronic Frontier Foundation who has been watch dog for almost 30 years,

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Hi luka! Without volunteers there wouldn’t be linux or /e/OS, so thank you very much for you all! World needs easy access to means and tools to keep hold of their data. I think availability of /e/OS phones is a big step, while we all are waiting legistilation to develop towards respecting more humans than capital.

Don’t know how to make Private DNS work in Brave: fails in Android 10, using 1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com as private DNS in android network configuration.

As /e/ default browser doesn’t have bookmark sync with e.cloud/floccus, I’m using Brave in phone to access the bookmarks from my Brave desktop. If anyone knows how to make Brave follows the android network rules, please, share.

The general public scare-mongered (as with everything else… health, education, religion) away from competing services/products/organisations that cannot be bought or controlled. In Ireland a few years ago we had politicians on national TV referring to Tor as the dark web :slight_smile: You want privacy? You are a terrorist/pedophile/drug smugler/ conspiracy theorist/racist etc etc

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Hi aleam,

“Don’t know how to make Private DNS work in Brave:”

Start Brave
→ settings
→ Brave shields & privacy
→ scroll down approx 0,5 m , then you’ll find “Use secure DNS”, click on this and activate the switch
→ then: “Choose another provider” and choose one out the 7 alternatives (I recommend Quad9)

Best regards,

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May I know why? Whats u r opinion on NextDns?

Quad9 is located in CH, and both–Quad9 and CH–have a good reputation concerning privacy.
You’ll find a plenty of information on their website quad9.net
I don’t know NextDNS.


Yes, but I don’t know why. CH had data retention for future reference since 2002 (long before other countries) and has it without a break still until now. CH was a European trailblazer in those aspects, a very quite one, and you never get to know what these data have been used for in the last 19 years and how often and how successful. And the NDB (CH secret service) made an agreement with the NSA to cooperate in data exchange (see here in German).

Update: One of the best legal bases for data privacy in Europe a user can find is in Norway. That’s why my mail server is located there and not here in CH.


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