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Mozilla's Lightbeam tool will expose who is looking over your shoulder on the web

Just who is looking over your shoulder when you browse the Internet? Tomorrow, web users will be given a new tool to shine a light on the commercial organisations which track your every movement online.

Lightbeam, a download produced by Mozilla, the US free software community behind the popular Firefox browser, claims to be a “watershed” moment in the battle for web transparency.

Everyone who browses the Internet leaves a digital trail used by advertisers to discover what your interests are.

Users who activate Lightbeam will be able to see a real-time visualisation of every site they visit and every third-party that is active on those sites, including commercial organisations which might potentially be sharing your data.

Mozilla wants users who install the Lightbeam add-on to Firefox, to crowd-source their data, to produce the first “big picture” view of web tracking, revealing which third-parties are most active.

Lightbeam promises a “Wizard of Oz” moment for the web, “where users collectively provide a way to pull back the curtains to see its inner workings,” Mozilla claimed.

Mark Surman, Mozilla’s executive director, said: “It’s a stake in the ground in terms of letting people know the ways they are being tracked. At Mozilla, we believe everyone should be in control of their user data and privacy and we want people to make informed decisions about their Web experience.”
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Mozilla already offers users the ability to disable “cookies” - small files that download from websites onto a computer, allowing advertisers to target users based on their online activity – an option taken up by 18 per cent of UK Firefox users.

Lightbeam will reveal the source of the third-party adverts, scripts and images stored on a web page which are linked to servers in other domains. An expanding graph visualises the interactions between the sites a user intentionally visits and the third parties which may not be welcome.

Mozilla has come under “tremendous pressure” from trade bodies over its mission to bring transparency to the web, said Alex Fowler, the company’s Privacy Officer.

The software company said it was responding to increased privacy concerns following the revelation that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped directly into the servers of Internet firms including Facebook, to track online communication in a surveillance programme.



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Ok folks, if you have Firefox this is a MUST have add on!

After downloading it the enable/disable will be found in "Extensions" but it will be enabbled as default. You must have your menu bar checked and on to find it. It will be in -tools > lightbeam.

I had kind of an idea how many 3th party sites were loading here because I am on dial up and I can see as they load up in the process bar at the bottom. This might be hard to watch on a fast connection so this tool is a must have!

I'm not going to be the one to list them, it could cause me some issues.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Lightbeam is great.

I have been using Firefox and have only 5 sites allowed for cookies, including this one. Until today, I could not see cookies sold to third parties, but now I can see third party cookies and block those sites' cookies.

That's it, The stuff you can't see

There are a lot we could not see before, This thing exposes them. At one point yesterday it showed 29 sites connected to the DP.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Has anyone blocked third-party web adresses yet with this tool?

I just downloaded the add-on and am and messing around with it.

I want to block the third party sites that are connecting to my browser but I'm not sure which ones if I block them will interfere with loading web pages I visit.

I blocked about 10 now

With no problems loading the DP. Problem is every time It refresh the page on a new thread I get about 5 more that add to the list,lol. I think I see a possible problem with the fact they are not just linked from here but they all actually go and connect to the 3rd party site each page load. most of that is probably unnecessary and redundant.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Ok I got it

Click on "list" view on the left, then check the box next to the site you want to edit and the "preference" controls will light up at the bottom to block and Etc. I haven't blocked any yet myself. Wanted to reply to you first. Good luck, I like it! A must have!

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I'm playing with that too

If I figure it out I will update and let you know.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

You beat me to it

I was just about to post the link before I download it onto my browser. Well let's see how it does, the Graph screen looks pretty cool!

Downloaded: it is very lightweight, less than 800Kb.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Ghostery

I've been using Ghostery to tell me who's tracking my browsing and to block them. I sometimes have to disable Ghostery when a website is unusable without allowing trackers, but then I immediately delete cookies when I'm done with that site.

http://www.ghostery.com/

And the Opera web browser has allowed users to block and/or delete cookies for years.

I use Ghostery too and it has

I use Ghostery too and it has served me well.

Adblock is useful as well for getting rid of annoying ads on the side pannels in websites. Both Adblock and Ghostery are available for google chrome.

Here is a link

Also, I hope none of you guys are using Chrome...

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/collusion/

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Is this equivalent to the

Is this equivalent to the DoNotTrackMe addon in Chrome?

For example, when I go on DailyPaul it typically blocks five sources from tracking me. However it never blocks anything government related.

Sweet

I'll give it a try, even just for curiosity.

Government tracking of our

Government tracking of our Internet usage is by far more of an issue than commercial websites using cookies to make websites better and to make the ads they sell more valuable. I know most people do not like a lot of ads, but the reality is that there is a cost no matter how "free" websites appear to be. Someone has to pay the bills and usually it's done through online ad sales.

The only thing this might result in is more people blocking cookies, ad rates going down and websites having more of a challenge to stay online with the lower rates.

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i agree, i'd rather this app focus on government spying

than on marketers

I tried the other

add on a whilst back -notifier of nsa watchin, had to disable cuzz
ever where I clicked, they wuz there, just rootin round like the little piggies they is.

I'll give the new one a swing tho. Find out wut be jumpin

been practicing me ebonics for Kamp Fema ( jus n case )

lol

Track 23 is right up your alley
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/touch-tone-terrorists/id2...

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I don't know who to trust

I don't know who to trust anymore.