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Re: HOSTS file

#16 Post by Midas » Sun May 05, 2019 4:33 am

webfork wrote: Are you trying for security or adblocking or both?
Mostly for adblocking, which has different workings -- and has become a particularly aggravating nuisance -- on mobile. But with malvertising becoming more and more common, the added security comes as a bonus. 8)

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Re: HOSTS file

#17 Post by bitcoin » Wed May 08, 2019 6:02 am

Midas wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 4:33 am
webfork wrote: Are you trying for security or adblocking or both?
Mostly for adblocking, which has different workings -- and has become a particularly aggravating nuisance -- on mobile. But with malvertising becoming more and more common, the added security comes as a bonus. 8)
i used to use HostsMan + HostsServer several years ago then went to DNS proxy and filtering programs + Peer Block Portable for IP blocking then finally gave up and went the browser route with uMatrix and uBlock Origin.

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Re: HOSTS file

#18 Post by Special » Thu May 09, 2019 9:40 am

Seems like a bad idea, nowadays more and more "things" use Google Analytics and other trackers/telemetry that aren't just browser/website related, running a computer search for "Analytics" both for files and in your registry and you might find some programs you use and didn't know about collecting stuff. If you use Nvidia drivers for example why don't you have "0.0.0.0 telemetry.nvidia.com" already blocked?

Hell, video games are disgusting with the amount of unnecessary connections they do and surprise surprise it's all tracking, Steam uses Google Analytics and Doubleclick for example and block crash.steampowered.com because it's used to collect your computers info, basically everything installed/hardware/websites history via DNS cache, etc., Blizzard's Battle.net launcher uses Google as well and don't forget to block telemetry-in.battle.net too, all Unity Engine games have about 20+ unnecessary connections with no way to opt out, Unreal Engine games same thing. Best to block this stuff at the system level or deeper, uBlock/uMatrix won't cover shit.

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Re: HOSTS file

#19 Post by Midas » Fri May 10, 2019 3:20 am

@Special: good point. Something to keep in mind. 8)

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Re: HOSTS file

#20 Post by Special » Fri May 10, 2019 6:15 am

Relying solely on uBlock/uMatrix also have limitation because of how Firefox loads its add-ons, it won't block connections on first startup because the browser gets to connect before the addons fully load, so if your homepage is DuckDuckGo, you're probably in the tracking clear, but if you use another landing page or a random saved tab loads, some tracking might "get you".

It also won't cover your other add-ons from collecting your data, if you use firefox then you probably use add-ons, I consider many "must haves" but even despite them being open source on git-hub, and highly reviewed, they still do some "collecting", which I'd rather opt-out of but can't because no option to do so, so the only way is to use a hosts.

For example add-on Violentmonkey. "We may use Google Analytics to collect your browser information anonymously to help improve compatibility." Nah, no thanks.

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Re: HOSTS file

#21 Post by Midas » Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:48 pm

Quick note for posting a HOSTS related resource with loads of Windows specific info.

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