borderline OT fireox question

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Fri Jul 15 02:04:54 UTC 2016

On 07/14/16 19:46, Brandon J. Wandersee wrote:
> Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions writes:
>> On Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:41:45 -0500, Brandon J. Wandersee wrote:
>>> Google and Mozilla are competitors (and therefore Google won't be
>>> getting anything from Firefox)
>> Type   about:config   into Firefox's address bar, then after ignoring
>> the warning, in the search bar type   google  . How do you think works
>> safe browsing and what do you think are the URLs good for? What is the
>> geo location URL good for? Firefox shares high amounts of data with
>> Google.
> This doesn't record personal information. The geolocation feature
> certainly uses the IP address at which you're currently accessing the
> Internet to tell where in the world you are at this particular moment,
> but not *who* you are or what you're searching for. (Unless you're
> browsing from home, and your ISP is openly sharing your account
> information with others, then the IP address can't reliably say anything
> about the who is doing the browsing, just where it's being done.) The
> Firefox "safe browsing" setting refers to the Google database of
> malicious/suspicious websites for its anti-phishing protection. It's not
> recording your every keystroke and feeding it to Google.
> This is all beside the point. The first sentence in this thread was:
>> I notice that whenever I start typing text into the serch-bar of
>> Firefox ... it suggests completions for me, implying that Google has
>> my identity pegged.
> That's just downright fallacious. The mere existence of the "suggestion"
> option doesn't mean every Firefox user's browsing is being tracked, and
> even if we assume that it did mean as much it does not follow that the
> entity doing the tracking must be Google. The "suggestions" option has
> nothing to do with Google *unless* you use Google as your search engine
> via the Firefox interface.[1]
> Of course I retrieved that information using Firefox, and for all anyone
> knows I may have landed on the linked-to page through a Google search,
> and Google may have deliberately led me to a site chockful of
> misinformation in order to sustain the large-scale cover-up of its
> nefarious solar system domination scheme. So maybe that information
> can't be trusted.
> [1]:

As the OP, let me clarify the above. Whenever I start typing text into 
the search bar, it suggests completions *that I have typed in recently 
(last few weeks)*. My 2nd reply clarified that detail, not my 1st post, 


	William A. Mahaffey III


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