'Facebook Condom'? - Mozilla Launches Firefox Extension To Avoid Zuck's Spying Eyes

In response to the Facebook data harvesting scandal, Mozilla has launched an extension for its Firefox Browser which helps you segregate your web activity from Facebook's prying eyes by isolating your identity into a separate "container." This makes it far more difficult for Facebook to track your activity on other websites using third-party cookies. 

You can get the extension here.

Upon installation, the extension deletes your Facebook cookies and logs you out of Facebook. The next time you visit the social media giant, it will open in a special blue browser "container" tab - which you can use to safely log in to Facebook and use it like you normally would. If you then click on a link that takes you outside of Facebook, it will load outside of the container. 

Should you click on any Facebook Share buttons on other browser tabs it will load them within the Facebook container. You should know that when you’re using these buttons information will be sent to Facebook about the website that you shared from.

If you use your Facebook credentials to create an account or log in using your Facebook credentials, it may not work properly and you may not be able to login. Also, because you’re logged into Facebook in the container tab, embedded Facebook comments and Like buttons in tabs outside the Facebook container tab will not work. This prevents Facebook from associating information about your activity on websites outside of Facebook to your Facebook identity. So it may look different than what you are used to seeing. -Mozilla.org

Think of it as a condom for Facebook. 

Mozilla notes that it "does not collect data from your use of the Facebook Container extension," adding "We only know the number of times the extension is installed or removed." 

One Reddit user asks "why not just make every tab an isolated container? "There should be NO REASON for one tab to know or read what another tab (aka cookies) are doing from another domain," states /u/Pro2U

Lo and behold, the Mozilla programmer who created the extension popped into the thread and answered the question:

What you describe is actually possible in Firefox. It's called "First Party Isolation": https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/FirstPartyIsolation

When we studied various privacy protections, FPI had a higher amount of website breakage reported by users: https://blog.mozilla.org/data/2018/01/26/improving-privacy-without-breaking-the-web/ -/u/groovecoder

So there you have it - if you don't want Facebook harvesting most of your data and tracking you around the web, strap on the Firefox extension and go to town. 

Comments

macholatte Ignatius Wed, 03/28/2018 - 14:56 Permalink

 

In Firefox Options - Privacy section you can setup to delete cookies and clear history at every browser exit.  Same with Internet explorer. Not sure about Chrome.
You can also accept or deny third party cookies.  
Ghostery is a must, especially for ZH
C Cleaner is a nice utility for getting rid of excess crap.

 

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TheRunningMan macholatte Wed, 03/28/2018 - 16:08 Permalink

Absolutely.  I run Ghostery and uBlock Origin in Safari on a MacBook.  Those plus Fastmail email, StartPage search, Avast security, VyprVpn and CCleaner keep me fairly safe.  I maintain a google and FB free existence, though I do venture over to Youtube to watch Hickock45.  Cheers!

 

 

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PrivetHedge Buckaroo Banzai Wed, 03/28/2018 - 14:44 Permalink

Also you can add this type of thing to your /etc/hosts file

127.0.0.1 staticxx.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 5-edge-chat.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 s-static.ak.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 connect.facebook.net

NOTE: This list may now be incomplete.

Doing this cuts you off completely from them as your computer no longer knows how to reach FB.

 

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jSixPack PrivetHedge Wed, 03/28/2018 - 15:39 Permalink

# Block Facebook
127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 facebook.com
127.0.0.1 static.ak.fbcdn.net
127.0.0.1 www.static.ak.fbcdn.net
127.0.0.1 login.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 www.login.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 fbcdn.net
127.0.0.1 www.fbcdn.net
127.0.0.1 fbcdn.com
127.0.0.1 www.fbcdn.com
127.0.0.1 static.ak.connect.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 www.static.ak.connect.facebook.com

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JethroBodien Stuck on Zero Wed, 03/28/2018 - 14:33 Permalink

Alternatively don't use FaceBook.  lol.  Good luck tracking me fuckers on something I don't use.

I don't have a cell phone so good luck tracking me fuckers.

I do have Windows 10 but have turned off ALL settings under privacy.  Good luck tracking me fuckers.

In the past I've only used Google search from Google but no longer.  I now use DuckDuckGo.  I don't use any Google products!  Good luck tracking me fuckers.

I use Microsoft Edge web browser with uBlock Origin and Ghostery extensions to remove all ads and tracking links.  Good luck tracking me fuckers.

While not 100 percent its a good start. 

 

PS.  Seriously looking at using a private VPN service.  Again.  Good luck tracking me cock suckers.

 

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Sokhmate BullyBearish Wed, 03/28/2018 - 15:30 Permalink

It's a reasonable belief to have. The solution is to root your phone. then uninstall any app you don't want (forgot if you can do it without 3rd party tool - I think I used Titanium Backup) then install F-Droid (market similar to Play), xPrivacy, AdAway, AFWall+. No app will load an ad unless the ad is served from a site not black-listed. On all free apps I use, I see an ad every week or so.

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