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  1. #1 Mozilla's Lightbeam tool will expose who is looking over your shoulder on the web 
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    Just who is looking over your shoulder when you browse the Internet? Tomorrow, web users will be given a new tool to shine a light on the commercial organisations which track your every movement online.
    Lightbeam, a download produced by Mozilla, the US free software community behind the popular Firefox browser, claims to be a “watershed” moment in the battle for web transparency.
    Everyone who browses the Internet leaves a digital trail used by advertisers to discover what your interests are.
    Users who activate Lightbeam will be able to see a real-time visualisation of every site they visit and every third-party that is active on those sites, including commercial organisations which might potentially be sharing your data.
    Mozilla wants users who install the Lightbeam add-on to Firefox, to crowd-source their data, to produce the first “big picture” view of web tracking, revealing which third-parties are most active.
    Lightbeam promises a “Wizard of Oz” moment for the web, “where users collectively provide a way to pull back the curtains to see its inner workings,” Mozilla claimed.
    Mark Surman, Mozilla’s executive director, said: “It’s a stake in the ground in terms of letting people know the ways they are being tracked. At Mozilla, we believe everyone should be in control of their user data and privacy and we want people to make informed decisions about their Web experience.”
    Mozilla already offers users the ability to disable “cookies” - small files that download from websites onto a computer, allowing advertisers to target users based on their online activity – an option taken up by 18 per cent of UK Firefox users.
    Lightbeam will reveal the source of the third-party adverts, scripts and images stored on a web page which are linked to servers in other domains. An expanding graph visualises the interactions between the sites a user intentionally visits and the third parties which may not be welcome.
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    I look at such a thing like I do Kelly Blue Book. Sure, it's a tool but the truth is that if the KBB were pricing used vehicles too high, then dealers would cease to use KBB, right?

    What surprises me is that while Apple will let you decline cookies, clear cookies, selectively remove cookies, it won't let you protect certain cookies so that you can clear all others with a single click.

    The bottom line for me is this: I am not going to pay a subscription fee for an online newspaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    I look at such a thing like I do Kelly Blue Book. Sure, it's a tool but the truth is that if the KBB were pricing used vehicles too high, then dealers would cease to use KBB, right?

    What surprises me is that while Apple will let you decline cookies, clear cookies, selectively remove cookies, it won't let you protect certain cookies so that you can clear all others with a single click.

    The bottom line for me is this: I am not going to pay a subscription fee for an online newspaper.
    I think you are missing the potential for this tool, by removing their cover and exposing them the spy's will start to lose interest and many will go away, I would especially hope the NSA tires of this wants they are brought out into broad daylight every time they spy.
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    When?????? can i have it.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    When?????? can i have it.....
    Open Firefox browser, click on add-ons, enter light beam in search box, click on install
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Open Firefox browser, click on add-ons, enter light beam in search box, click on install
    Tried that - got "You must have made a mistake. Nothin' here."


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    that was last night - must be like windows - yesterday it didn't work, today it does.......
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