Browsers remain central to internet access
The infamous browser wars led to Netscape’s demise in the 90s followed by Google Chrome and Firefox leading the attack on Microsoft’s dominance. The advantage with corporations is huge advertising spend to foster better brand recall but is not necessarily better. The focus of this write up would be Firefox because it is open source, extensible to the nth degree for both novices and power users as well as an ideal browser for privacy conscious.
Identifying the problem is part of the solution. Tracking users on internet is done by cookies or through browser finger printing, that is, identifying unique elements that can be linked back to the user. Wall Street Journal (WSJ) ran a series of write ups quoting extensively from privacy advocates about various internet tracking systems like beacons and malicious scripts. A study by University of Berkeley done in 2011 has analysed the top 100 websites and found 5,675 cookies with most of them third party cookies transmitting data to 600 servers. A frightening scenario was unmasked with the discovery of Super or
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