Sadly, I've not had more time to get very involved with Ubuntu. I'd love to have a better understanding of it, and I am trying but, my need for Ubuntu/Mate is probably unique so I need to ask a few questions in case I am just spinning my wheels.
There is a madness to my method so please, bare with me as I ramble my way through this query.
Will Mate help me beat back the peeps, pervs and Stalkers (AKA cookies, beacons, LSO's, IP relative results, etcetera) and let me get back to 'Surfing The Information Highway' without being followed, analyzed, tagged, bagged, and served up to governments, advertisers, and other ne'er-do-wells?
(You can ignore this and jump down to The ISSUE below but it helps to know).
Today did it! I went to my online bank to pay a bill. I noted with the half-dozen of browser add-on condoms, some suggested that a adobe stalker was placed on my computer. I called the bank but they only deal within the box and the agent, a well versed man tried his best to help me "Opt-out" (OO).
Cutting to the quick, he sent me to a link that is the generic DACC OO app. Using a desktop to avoid the 'app' and it's stalkers, I went to the link and discovered 170 companies registered a easy OO BUT, only for Canadians. There were about 150 countries one could click and repeat the process for the number of stalkers in that country, but ONLY if the Stalker is registered, and ONLY if the company honors the OO request - and many don't..
In the end, it's just companies that offer an OO, and some offer it, but do not honor it.
I fight on a daily basis against the peeps and perverted Stalkers (AKA trackers, cookies, beacons LSOs, etcetera) . Opting out is a time-wasting nightmare and most ignore the opt-out request anyway. And most successful Opt-outs are cookie based, that requires one to run the gauntlet of opting-out if they get deleted by security add-ons.
Today, again, I wanted to opt-out from my banks Adobe stalker. They do the same as most do, load us up with dozens of links to dozens of sites where one has to roam the site looking for the opt-out option.
Today, I have to opt-out of 170 Stalkers. Of which only 7 accepted it by auto-removed - so they said. The others, I have to visit manually and rummage through their obstacle course to get off their Peep machine. A very long and arduous task.
My aim is to block all of them, without loading up my browser with more ineffective, costly, addons to protect my privacy.
- Too many people accept the idea that the Internet belongs to corporations and government. Since when? Answer: Since we allowed it.
- Who gave 'them' the authority to force us into a Opted-In position? They did.
- Why does every Stalker make it so hard to Opt-out? Duh!
- They hold that Agree of Else gun to our heads.
- And we all pay for this attack on our privacy whenever we buy any product, or service. Lemmings!
To the Ubuntu/Mate (U/M) power users.
Are there a number of tools available, not browser add-ons, that make 'private' private again?
Is the same effort being applied to prevent hackers from accessing a Linux- U/M driven computer also being developed to help prevent forced Opt-ins?
p.s. Thanks to all those dedicated, hardworking and rarely recognized volunteers that help us all around here. Your time and effort is appreciated - really!
I know about add-ons, VPN, TOR, and costs associated with preventative measures. I have alarms for my house, my car, and my cabin (no one around hear). I have bars on my windows, chain-up lawn mower, and use 126 bit 20 channel passwords on the computer. But still, those thugs and bullies are in every shadow.