Stop ISP’s tracking your DNS & browser history!

Well hello again.

For those who wish to stop people being nosy about tracking what and where you browse. There are a few things that you can do that will happily upset most but not ALL internet nosy people on tracking on who or what you visit. GCHQ and the NSA probably still have a few tricks in their box to track or spy on you. But, at least we shouldn’t make it easy for them. 99.5% of us are doing nothing wrong. Using the old “we need to know” have fallen very short in recent years. When it has been shown that attacks have taken place in FULL view of them without needing any de-encryption or tracking software. All you are doing is increasing the Haystack of information. It ends up – ” that you can’t see the wood as the trees are in the way”.

First or all you need to stop using that thing called Google Chrome. You can still use all of the Google suite of packages if you must such as GMail, GDrive etc…etc and remember the saying “There is no such thing as a FREE lunch” They will be tracking the contents of your emails and communication to sell to the marketers of the Corporate firms.

However, for those of you that wish to take back a bit of control you can download the current version of FireFox on your PC, Apple desktop or mobile and with a few simple tweaks stop quite a significant chunk on tracking or snooping in one swoop.

Download the Browser from Here (Opens another Page) So, allow it to.

Then download the package after accepting the T&C’s. Okay, so how many of you have actually read them? Well, we leave that to one side for now as this crew are Open Sourced and Commercially & Government Neutral. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a contribution to help them in their work though. £ or $ amount would keep the lights on.

Once you have downloaded the package and installed it. The computer will ask that you trust this which you should answer “Yes” as long as you clicked the link and didn’t search for the “Firefox” link. Yes, you know who you are “tut-tut”.

Open the browser and then type the following into the place where you normally type the web address. Where the Https or Green lock appears.

about:config – then hit enter

You will be warned to turn back. But instead, select “Accept the risk

Okay, don’t freak out or Panic if you are English! At the top of the browser page. You see a “Search with a Looking glass icon”

In there type the following. network.trr.mode – Do worry about the list reducing. It’s the browser trying to reduce the list dynamically. Once you have finished typing the about there should be only one line available to select.

Then double click the lefthand button on the mouse. Then, when the dialogue box appears to change the 0 to be 2. Then, select the “OK” button to confirm the change.

Now once you return to the original page. Remove the network.trr.mode text and replace it with the following “network.security.ensi.enable” by the time you have typed this in. You will only have one option to choose from. Double click on it with the lefthand mouse and you will notice that the “Status” will change to Modified and the “Value” will have changed to True

Once you have finished the modifications you can visit this site below to check you’ve everything working correctly.

https://www.cloudflare.com/ssl/encrypted-sni/

Select “Run tests again” which will check out your browser. There are four tests on the page which should all be Green Ticks.

Remember these settings are only good for the Firefox browsing. Start using Chrome and Edge browsers and all bets are off on security.

Until we see you again. Enjoy your browsing again.

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About tagware

I've worked in IT for over 30 years. As the owner of one of the earlier AutoDesk Dealerships, when Richard Handyside was the main UK guy in The Cut! We supplied complete CAD, Networks and visualisation systems to Corporate clients such as RIBAS, Channel 4, NHS, BBC, Merrill Lynch, COMET Plc, Morgan Stanley too mention a few. We also developed the graphical ADB system for the Department of Health and a graphically lead Asset system for Merrill Lynch. Subsequently became a contract IT Consultant in both Developement and Production area's for both Large and small businesses. Which is what I'm still doing.
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