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Redirection where and why - again?

By linda-g ·
Since asking this question I got suspended from this forum! Since then I've found out that google uses doubleclick as part of it's adds and spyware network. There seems to be an underlaying spyware network infiltrating the entire Internet. Now governments use Microsoft, Linus, ISPs, web browsers and also facebook, myspace and other social networks to gather our personal info. Do you really think that your online business is safe? What is going on? Can we avoid this intrusion of our privacy? Or is Big Brother now in control?

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You posted your previous question *six times*.

by seanferd In reply to Redirection where and why ...

Six!

I tried answering one, and marked the others as duplicates. Apparently all the threads were killed instead of just five.

You have a lot of questions - are you new to the internet and computing? None of this is really new at all. And as far as your online business being safe (from whatever), online business is the top privacy invader. If online companies did not try to constantly track you so they can advertise at you, the gov would have little to ask for from them.

What bcan you do? Pretty much nothing against DPI, but for everything else, common solutions already exist. Don't use Facebook and post your personal stuff on it. Facebook is just one biog privacy invasion engine and marketing tracker. Any site that offers HTTPS for connections, use it. Use a decent browser with add-ons that block scripts, ads, clear-gif tracking, etc. Use a VPN or anonymous proxy or the Tor network if you want to hide, to an extent, your IP address.

Really, the gov can be pretty intrusive, but it is business that is tracking you caontantly, not the gov.

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by linda-g In reply to You posted your previous ...

Many thanks, seanferd, Sound advice which I'll look into. I'm not new to the net but I've only just found out about it's darkside Ignorance was bliss :) now I want to know what's going on and not be a victim. Not sure what you mean about >Pretty much nothing against DPI< ? I'm still learning and you guys have really helped.

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by linda-g In reply to You posted your previous ...

BTW sorry about the previous post - not sure what happened there - Oopps!

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by seanferd In reply to You posted your previous ...

DPI: Deep Packet Inspection. Some ISPs, as well as the gov with cooperation from ISPs and other large network owners have these machines installed which can rip apart all internet traffic and track it, and analyze the contents.

If you recall the whole bit with telcos allowing the gov to install secret monitoring equipment to track all phone traffic, this is similar but more technically advanced. Some of it is done for advertising, for bandwidth throttling, and for the gov to spy on everything hoping to find something useful as a warning (or to just plain spy on people they don't like, since all the extra powers granted to the gov weren't enough for them and they have to abuse it).

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by linda-g In reply to You posted your previous ...

Deep Packet Inspection sounds scary. I didn't know about this. I heard that the 'powers that be' want control of the internet, like they control the media. Information is power and it's used politically, commercially and criminally. We probe a little and find ourselves in deep water. Now I've just found out about 'spider-bots'? Thank you for opening my eyes, the more I see the more I realise just how much I don't see. Much to think on :)

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Hello linda-g...

As seanferd has stated above, you can be more secure on your computer if you know what to do. For a start use Firefox and add on "Noscript" and "adblocker":
Noscript:
http://tinyurl.com/ypus7t
Adblocker:
http://tinyurl.com/4c8828m
There are many good security programs on the internet, it depends on what is good for you. I have "Hide ip":
http://tinyurl.com/yxcynr
of which is very good if you want to be hidden and to slow/stop the scam emails that you might be getting. Nothing is one hundred percent though, but being a little more secure on your system makes it worth it even if it is only a small measure.
Also a good Antivirus with a good firewall is a must these days.

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by linda-g In reply to Hello linda-g...

Thanks Peconet,
Just downloaded noscripts and adblocker for firefox. Looks good! Also found a script to stop google redirecting via its doubleclick database. (greasemonkey-0.9.1-fx.xpi).

Cyber space is fascinating - shame about human nature when it comes to money and power.

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I am ALL for money and power...

Money and power does me fine. :)

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by linda-g In reply to I am ALL for money and po ...

Shame you can't take it with you! Life is Oh so very short - "What does it profit a man to gain the world... etc." Just kidding, enjoy it while you've got it - this isn't the forum for the meaning of life. Ever wondered what it's all about?

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The meaning of life? It depends on how you look on it. Sometimes you gain, sometimes you loose. The inbetween stuff, money, love etc makes it all worth while and if you have it nice and comfortable then you could say we all have some sort of power. Money being had makes it all a more comfortable life to live with.

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