This Blog includes information on the Firefox Internet Browser and some add-ons to increase your privacy online. Many of these features show as a discreet button on your browser. I link to older versions as they were working fine before all that corporatism stuff was included. 

A Working Browser Version.
If you are unlucky enough to be using Windows Vista, you will find that Firefox 3.0.10 works fine. For Windows 7, Firefox 4 is a nice fast browser that will host a good range of Add-ons.

If you are using the x64 bit operating system, you should select that list from the Old Apps website. Apple users can find older applications and utilities here, and Linux users here.

A Private Search Engine.
Startpage, a smaller version of Ixquick is a secure search engine that does not share your IP (an internet code corresponding to your physical location). Ixquick can also be added to your Search Bar.

IP Changer.
To access certain websites which may be blocked in your country (such as The Pirate Bay from Ireland's Eircom), you can temporarily change your IP address. The best IP changer add-on I have found is Stealthy, which can be activated and deactivated with a single click.

A good add-on for displaying your current IP is ShowMyIP.

Website Information.

To get a hosting report about whichever page you are on, try using IPfingerprints.

Tracker Blocking.
Almost every site you visit includes trackers to monitor your browsing habits. A good blocker that works well is Ghostery. When you install it, you will need to update the tracker list and select and block all but the ones you want (eg. wordpress stats) using the Options menu.

Block Advertising.
There is an add-on called Adblock, which is quite good, and customizable to your specific needs. It will remove annoying and flashing Ads from your screen.

Removing Viruses.

Computer viruses are malicious applications, and are spread through opening files from untrustworthy sources, people who's computers have been infected, from unsolicited emails or hacked websites. Your computer can be protected by using an Antivirus, and often using more than one in combination. A few good (free) ones are AVG, Avast 6 and older, Avira, etc. You will need to update the virus list before you run a full scan.

There should be no need to "upgrade the program" when prompted, just run it as usual. Anti-Virus companies are always trying to get people to buy their latest product, and many of them actually write the viruses themselves.

Removing Adware.

The best software for removing Data Mining Software, Dialers, Spyware and other Invasive Commercial Software is Malwarebytes. Once installed, you will need to update the virus list and run a full computer scan.

End Note.

There is a need for secure browsing, as many popular and "trusted" web services are run by One World Order organizations with links to the NSA, Department Of Defense, the Illuminati's Information Awareness Agency, DARPA and the CIA... services such as Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Bebo, Skype, Microsoft, etc., where every piece of information and click you make is recorded.

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Comment by Spirality on January 27, 2014 at 0:25

Hi Wayne, I think it can be done alright, check out one or two links in this PC thread

There are a few lads on here with a lot of experience in Linux, so that thread will have to do until they post an expert one.

You might also find a video tutorial online.

Comment by Wayne's World Order on January 25, 2014 at 1:17

Anyone any experience installing linux on a mac? I tries installing debian but got nowhere with it. 

Comment by Spirality on January 24, 2014 at 22:08

A little more info on Linux Mint 16 - with thanks to john, Pineal and especially Dave for the info and links.

  • The 16 is 1.1gb, and it goes on DVD or USB, click on Ireland link

  • You need a fresh formatted USB disk or at least an empty one. Linux ill take care of the rest and format it. Then you boot your pc up with it and run it off the U\sb stick instead of the hard drive. You can take it for a test run and if you like it, there is an install icon on Desktop.

  • I recommend dual booting to start with if you are not so computer savvy.

  • Remember, you cannot run windows programs natively on it. There are many alternatives to windows apps. You can run some windows programs using a buit-in software called "Wine", but \i try and keep this to a minimum. I only run Photoshop on Wine, other things, like Office, there are Linux altenatives

  • Most of the webservers are run on linux.

  • But for the home user, Linux Mint is perfect.

See the comment below for links to the lite version (16 Xfce) of Mint, which will run on any computer with a mouse.

FYI if you do not know. Linux FREE software. Free as in FREEDOM. There are many distros using the Linux kernel and some are better than others. Start using linux, which is way more powerful, safer and efficient than windows. And being constantly developed. It does not get viruses, so no anti-virus.

  • The KDE version is a fully functional version of Linux Mint

Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE

Comment by Spirality on January 24, 2014 at 21:22

... Just got to put these links somewhere  for now ...

Linux Mint (Operating System) Version 16 “Petra” Xfce

Software to run Linux from a USB memory stick

Comment by Spirality on September 9, 2013 at 0:21

I just turned off all messages from this site to my email, opting for being logged in here rather then giving Gmail a copy of everything, including internal emails.
I ask and hope for others to do the same, for all our privacy sakes.

Comment by Spirality on September 8, 2013 at 13:23

Wi-Fi Kills: "A good article on email privacy, basically you have none."

In the two years since this blog was written we have all learned a lot about our online privacy, You are right of course, we have none.

But there is no reason to make it easy for them to collect your data, and by adding blockers and so-on, we avoid directly delivering our information into their sticky hands. Nothing naïve about that.

Even trusted email providers, depending on where they are, have to be somewhat NSA compliant.

I never heard Gmail called Government Mail, does it not stand for Google Mail?

Govern = Control
Ment = Mind

Comment by Spirality on September 7, 2013 at 23:37

A site with any movie or TV episodes you care to watch, (Let Me Watch This). You will have to specify if it is movies or TV, etc.

There are often lots of popups on Media sites, but you should be able to dismiss them all with an Ad and popup blocker on your browser, which gets rid of flashing Ads.

Lots of good links to live TV on your computer from around the world.

Use this Application to Record a Radio Stream or any Audio from the internet or your computer.

To Download You Tube videos, use a browser Add-On called Download Helper.

To Convert Videos and Audio files between formats, use "Any Video Converter", which also makes MP3s from video.

Comment by Spirality on February 12, 2013 at 9:37

When IBM started making the first round of computers, they did it so the Nazis could keep track of all those Detainees. Nowadays the people of the world gladly give all their information (and loyalty) to the massive NSA database known as Facebook. It is essentially a way for the dictatorship to cherry-pick and detain anyone who doesn't agree with them, and ethically/ racially profile the rest.
Remember that next time you go to sign a petition.
Check it out for yourself ...

Comment by Spirality on February 7, 2013 at 20:20

Guy doing maintenance on his DELL laptop discovers a key-logging device on a cable connecting the keyboard with the internet/ethernet card.
Key-logging devices connected to a keyboard gather keystroke information from anyone who uses the computer. Basically, everything typed is recorded/transmitted by the key-logger.

Comment by Spirality on November 21, 2012 at 4:03

To fix my slow FireFox, I just cleared the Cache. It had over 400 MB of files taking up space.
Here is the help page from Mozilla, showing how it can be done.
In short, Tools/ Options/ Advanced > Clear Cache

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