This, with the huge amount of tracking from most tech companies means that the U.S. government basically can get almost unlimited information about anyone, wherever they are. Kinda scary if you ask me. Then again, after the Snowden revelations, this doesn't surprise me.
FYI: You can add the list URLs in the web interface to "Group Management > Adlists" It took me a while to realize that.
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Does the hardware limitations of the pi mess with download or upload speeds at all?
Any weird sites that don’t work with it running?
How much better is it than something like ublock origin?
Not at all (at least for me on a 100mbit connection with the Pi 3B+). I've read you could even use a pizero if you don't care about the Web interface being all that snappy.
> Any weird sites that don’t work with it running?
You set your own blocklists so you can choose how permissive you want to be. I have something like 1MM blacklisted URLs and rarely find sites to be completely broken. It's easy to temporarily pause the blocker, or add a single domain to the whitelist.
> How much better is it than something like ublock origin?
uBlock origin has the advantage of hiding content directly from the page, whereas pihole tends to leave a greyed out box where the ad used to be. I tend to use both at the same time anyway.
I’m currently trying to phase off my dependence on them.
Gotta wonder what kind of ad tracking/targeting they do based on DNS lookups you send them
Not sure what, apart from extra cpu cycles, pihole adds over this.
 - https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts
I prefer dnscrypt-proxy over PiHole if you don't want a UI.
NOTE: A benefit of PiHole/dnscrypt proxy on a local server like the raspberry pi is that you can use it across your devices instead of just on your laptop.
Pihole is also nice, but my router won't let me set it as the default DNS. Neither will my Chromecast.
Your chromecast will NOT use your DHCP supplied DNS settings, it goes straight to google's.
Understandably, if you can't even change your router settings then this probably isn't possible. I'd consider putting another router in front of the non-configurable router in order to give yourself and control of your own network (or, preferably, replace non-configurable router altogether).
Only after they lose control of their email or bank account (or lose an entire physical device) do they confess to having followed none of the recommended prevention measures.
Granted, it really is a drag and a time cost to try to follow good practices. I hate the extra password manager and authy steps on my phone when I'm in a hurry. It can be a real challenge to juggle apps and find your way back to the app which you are logging in on (twice or three times! - copying username from bitwarden, switching back to paste it in the username only page of the app, then repeating to do the password, and then finally switching to authy for the 2fa and back). No typical user is going to suffer this in the name of security.
Some fundamental changes need to be made to devices, UIs, apps, and even legislation to improve this. Cookie popups are not the answer (especially when the pop-up is so large that it doesn't even fit entirely in the visible area of my giant phone).
An anti-virus was the first thing anyone installed on their PCs in the 2000s. I think we would soon see a similar trend for Mobile devices.
Woefully enough, a lot of anti-virus vendors instead are now among some of the worst offenders in terms of not respecting their user's privacy. Their privacy policies are a stuff of nightmares.
Definitely giving these guys a donation, doing the lords work
Great, you are reducing your footprint but what remains is undeniably vast.
> "Every person has the right to privacy in their private and family life and in their home, and in relation to their mail and telecommunications."
> "Every person has the right to be protected against the misuse of their personal data."
If yours doesn't already have one, I'd recommend the addition.
(not that there's much hope of the particular case you mention. The most recent amendment proposal to the US constitution that has actually been ratified dates from 1971:
Bonus image: https://c8.alamy.com/comp/ERH50D/the-adventures-of-baron-mun...
Disclaimer: I am one of the Peergos devs.
EDIT: to be fair to NPR at least they offer a plaintext alternative. You don’t see it much with other websites.
Decent article, but a bit light on easy-to-use, practical details. They seem to make the case that ad-blockers are ineffective and too much of a hassle, but that's not my experience at all. I agree that tracking and privacy is a cat-and-mouse game, but I think ad-blocking currently is one of the easiest and most effective ways to block trackers. I installed uBlock Origin on my family's computers a couple of years back, and it has Just Worked™.
The next logical step would probably be PiHole or NextDNS for deeper blocking than some browser ad-blockers, as well as for blocking outside of a browser. I have DoT set up on my router and most off my portable devices, and there haven't been any hiccups yet.
All bets are off once tracking is implemented server-side though. The way GDPR currently has been enforced has led to a lot of bad practices by the tech industry, so we'll probably need new laws that regulate data gathering.
Some better ones:
- uBlock Origin
- Cookie Autodelete
- a VPN
A VPN won't stop you from being tracked online, and using a non-self-hosted VPN is a very, very bad idea if "not being tracked online" is something you care about.
A VPN plus regularly deleting most/all cookies actually prevents most of the common and pervasive tracking online.
- sell your data now
- sell your data when they get acquired
- get hacked
- give your data to a government that would normally not have access to it
At least with VPN services, you can change it easily AND you can make it all they know about you is a coarse IP set via paying cash (see mulvad) vs. a fucking billing address. And changing VPNs is a lot less work and has far more options than changing your ISP.
So yeah, in short, we shouldn't be recommending the use of third-party VPNs without qualification. There are valid use cases sometimes, but avoiding tracking is very much not one of them.
Bonus watchlisting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_7950_Harvest
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