parpfish II wrote:For me, the best privacy tools are the ones that pump fake data into the privacy invasion world. I wish some clever Pale Moon coder could come up with a plugin that did 2 things:
1) Run fake search requests like Track Me Not did by randomly picking text from reputable news services and then running those to google et al.
2) Make fake background visits to real websites that are a) chosen from random searches (i.e. extend the one above, run the search, generate a number, 1 - 100, e.g. 39 would then visit the 39th link, and b) choose a starting link from a user created directory. Something akin to a lazy web-bot that goes a few clicks deep into each visit.
In the UK we've just allowed a terrible surveillance bill (Investigatory Powers Act) -- my feeling is, that such online surveillance only works well if you can trust the data. So the real solutions to many of the privacy invasions will come from undermining the data being collected, rather than trying to shut out the invasions (as per proxies etc.) i.e. hiding in the plain sight of lots of noise and little signal.
Just my two pennies worth.
And my two pence worth - feel free to ignore at will: these tools that endeavour to make 'fake traffic' strike me as not dissimilar to certain wrong-headed email "anti-spam" utilities of yore which would send "fake bounce messages" to spam. They probably made the spam problem for that person worse, rather than better, and worse - gave a false sense of accomplishment.
With the amount of storage and processing-power that modern spy agencies like GCHQ and NSA have at their disposal, as well as various sorts of data-mining and AI systems to filter through all the collected data, my personal opinion is I would rather decrease my footprint rather than massively increase it. Because my puny effort to generate 'noise' is just a microscopic fraction of all the noise that such snoops have to weed through to find me anyway. And I'd rather that all that noise generation not bog my devices down and use up my bandwidth in the process of 'protecting' me, too.