Hidden SPY - How Naked are Users ? "Really"

Would you Like ADGUARD to offer more Protections to OUR Privacy On/Off Line, as some Add-On's do?


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Gass

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^ ~ ~ ~ ~ ^ There is a POLL here ^-^ you can choose 3 items but able to Vote only Once - in picking of three selections... ^ ~ ~ ~ ~ ^
Your Information is being Collected and Sold !
Just like the W O T scandal revealed, and after reviewing the data Mozilla (the creators of Firefox) removed the WOT plug-in from their add-ons directory!
https://forum.adguard.com/index.php?threads/adguard-and-wot.14833/page-2 see Post #28
So (above link), now Adguard has made it possible for their users in WOT's removal of the Extension from the installed Adguard version, not just in disabling WOT but, of WOT user script removal in the stable build...
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/BV.aspx?ref=IE8Activity&a=http://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/netzwelt/Nackt-im-Netz-Millionen-Nutzer-ausgespaeht,nacktimnetz100.html
-(translated by Bing).
Also covered on - http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/01/browsing-history-sold/
or see "Privacy issues" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOT_Services#Privacy_issues

Where as a WOT profile was created of users with the date, time, place and Web IP address together with an assigned user ID and then collected, recorded, analyzed and then sells the user-related data to third-parties. This data will be a profile of them (the user) in relationship to this data, and then will go on to intermediaries of different companies and being sold over and over again.

From just of one in these intermediaries, a purchase of their users profile records can be made. Users profile data such as Web IP addresses that is disclosed to third parties can be linked to a users email addresse(s) and phone numbers or Names of all family members -as well as the Home Address.
The users profiled data of individual users IP web addresses is a key aspect to where they have stopped on the Web and so allows to further create then of movement profiles online about these users and in their local neighborhoods when linked with that of mobile devices and of those installed applications on them.

This network involuntarily collection and use of people's data that's not approved by themselves, can then link to a number of personal links in the online services, interests, group associations, as well as banking, medical, and job related to each profiled user, not to mention many - to - many other online visits as the activity of the user may demonstrate. What this can lead to is identity thefts among other personal hardships and not to say of the harassment of spam to them.

Most companies emphasize in their privacy statements, they would collect no personal identifiable data to the identity of their users. Which still leads to every persons being concerned of (their) and all the associated personal data's that's collected beyond the realm to directly being in a connection to their system's related of them using such services/programs or add-ons, free and paid for, that it can be within of all the informational data that has been collected from their system's...

However, this does not mean that a program should have an carte blanche to send any and all personal information found on a computer to the manufacturer, developer and maker - (other than with the Specific Knowledge and AGREEMENT of the System’s Owner).
Despite of their claim's of - that they Anonymize any USER's DATA that's collected !!! If they anonymize your DATA, don't you think they are able to un - or de-anonymize this same data just as easily on their end?

SO NOW - there is talk of not only free and paid online services and installed software, browser add-ons, and even the Win 10 OS all are doing this but, is it in/of all areas that are up for grabs now ? in this highly profitable industry of collecting your personal data for it's resale in the Data profiling age that has evolved today? ? ?
As this latest I have found out - this is also true with drivers, as the case with NVIDIA adding Telemetry to their Latest Drivers update. Telemetry is essentially considered spying by many as it's a way to send data back and forth. It's nowhere near that simple, but wouldn't you like to know what it's doing in our video drivers when it's never been needed before...
http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/07/nvidia-telemetry-tracking/
Further reading on- http://www.majorgeeks.com/news/story/nvidia_adds_telemetry_to_latest_drivers_heres_how_to_disable_it.html

It's absolutely true that paying for software is in no way a guarantee that your data won't be collected and sold on to others, which can then lead to a cause of harm and damages to ourselves.

Clearly, antivirus manufacturers have to comply with the laws of the countries in which they are established. In the event of e.g. a court order requiring the vendor to provide information about a customer, the company has no choice but to do this. However, this should be the only reason for providing user data to a third party.
Data transmission in Internet security products-
https://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/avc_datasending_2014_en.pdf
http://www.ghacks.net/2014/05/03/av-comparatives-analysis-data-transmission-security-products/

The Chief Research Officer of a major antivirus vendor cancelled his scheduled participation in the 2014 RSA Security Conference, in protest at collaboration by security company RSA with the United States NSA in the form of weakening security in its encryption systems. He stated that-
“RSA is hardly the only vendor facing scrutiny. He said that the trustworthiness of U.S.-based security and technology companies is quickly eroding, pointing to a letter recently sent to 20 of the world's largest antivirus companies by Bits of Freedom, a Netherlands-based organization focused on digital rights. In that letter, the group asked whether the vendors had whitelisted government-authored malware.
Most of those companies gave a prompt response in the negative, but U.S-based AV giants McAfee Inc. and Symantec Corp. never replied”.
Okay so it is possible that intelligence/law-enforcement agencies in some countries prohibit vendors (security or otherwise) from revealing any co-operation with them. This should not be the case for everything we put on our systems or that in the websites we visit, the App's of mobile or modern systems in use.

Okay - so Good programs should not only disclose that sensitive data may be transmitted, as well as collected but, also offer us opt-out options or make those features a requirement of opting-in from the start as well to define their data retention and storage policies.
While it has been suggested that users only download and install products of the most reputable companies, and that they read the End User Agreements before they do. While that is the least reasonable thing to do, it is not done by the vast majority of users as it takes time and research to understand the legalese written in them.

SO WHAT CAN WE DO - (please add your recommendations) - [Some of the simplest are as follows]
1. Limit your installed programs to what you need and use and uninstall those that have little use to you in 3 months, 6 months, or the year.

Then when you do install something run the terms through the below program-

EULAlyzer Personal / Free for personal & educational use - https://www.brightfort.com/eulalyzer.html
Analyze license agreements for interesting words and phrases, make sense of the nonsensical.
Making EULAs Easy; Discover if the software you're about to install displays pop-up ads, transmits personally identifiable information, uses unique identifiers to track you, or much, much more. EULAlyzer can analyze license agreements in seconds, and provide a detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases.

The Benefits
-Discover potentially hidden behavior about the software you're going to install
-Pick up on things you missed when reading license agreements
-Keep a saved database of the license agreements & documents you view
-Instant results - super-fast analysis in just a second

And with additional features like the EULA Research Center, which optionally allows users to anonymously submit license agreements they scan to help us to further improve the program, everyone can be a part of the effort to make something that used to be so tedious, so easy.
[*Note: This program does not provide legal advice. It can only highlight information that you may want to consider before making your own decision whether to agree to a license agreement or not.

2. Use and set-up a deny-by-default FIREWALL - Default Deny, which implements what is known as a positive security model.
Basically it means unless you specifically allow something, you deny it. (i.e., deny all, permit only by your exception).


FREE use FIREWALL's
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OR
Comodo Free Firewall - https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/firewall.php
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Maybe even that of -
The free Comodo Internet Security suite (which hasn't been updated for several years) offers the award-winning Comodo Firewall with Default Deny Protection, as well as Comodo Antivirus.
But in this case the DDF of the free Comodo Internet Security Suite's firewall software has access to Comodo's safe-list of over two million known PC-friendly applications so it's not really a deny-by-default FIREWAL as I had meant and a incomplete security solution by not denying all network access unless explicitly allowed by the user and not of a software firewall's safe-lists, but, tweaking the settings can raise your level of protection.
A review which focuses on Comodo but mentions that of both (ZoneAlarm), and some other as well-
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2475055,00.asp

All Firewall's-
The main reason to use a third-party firewall is that you also get application control, meaning the firewall ensures that applications don't misuse your Internet or network connection. So we need to look further for a block-everything-unless-allowed features in a user control of a FIREWALL software solution which are then found in that of paid for and of free firewall software's. Firewall software that has access to a safe-list of PC-friendly applications are not really a deny-by-default FIREWALL as I had meant and an incomplete security solution by not denying all network access unless explicitly allowed by the "user" and not just that of a firewall's safe-lists, but, in the tweaking of it's settings then can raise and achieve your level of protection.

PAID for FIREWALL's

EDIT: I found a review here- http://winaero.com/blog/windows-10-firewall-control-review/

The program by itself is not a firewall application. Instead it simply controls the built-in Windows Firewall present in Windows 10 and earlier versions using the Filtering Platform APIs. The application is very compact, has a small installer and low memory footprint
Then goes on to say "Many other features are included and the application is continuously being improved for many years." So I liken it to Adguard in that respect as in looking back to where it was and what it has become...

Windows 10 Firewall Control - http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/index.html
Which also offers a Free version and many levels of the Paid as well. This is named with the current version of Windows OS and it covers all Win. OS's way back to XP of Windows.
Designed for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/2008/2012/XP/2003.

Windows 10 Firewall Control: simple and exhaustive solution for applications network activity controlling and monitoring. Prevents undesired informational incoming and outgoing leakage of applications running locally or remotely. Provides detailed logging and notification of any application network activity. Allows using and creating applications permissions to control the network activity easily. Rich set of predefined, ready-to-use applications permissions applicable with a single click. Ability for creating virtual computers group (sub networks) with flexible permissions to control mutual connect ability inside Local Network. Manages external network hardware devices.

Almost any modern application is a network active one. Applications check for updates, verify licenses and registrations, submit problem reports and perform a lot of other network actions without any notice to you and without your permissions typically. Such network activity is expected and welcomed sometimes, but hardly always. Do you need an application installed recently starts informing its developers that the application is just installed? The application will just send a short message to its developers. There will be no strictly personal data in the information sent probably. The question is whether you need such communications at all. If you want to manage such network activity evidently and not to allow any bit of data sent to somewhere without your explicit permission or a notice, Windows 10 Firewall Control is for you precisely.

If you accidentally obtained a fresh malware installed, the program may be not detected by an antivirus. The antivirus database updates are fast and regular typically, but the update can not be immediate. Windows 10 Firewall Control is nearly the only way to detect and stop the malware activity. Windows 10 Firewall Control filtering rules are protected against an intrusion strictly. The rules consistency is monitored. Even an intrusion happens, Windows 10 Firewall Control will detect the intrusion, try to fix the broken rules automatically and notify you with the details anyway.
•Multiple Editions, Free Editions available
•Unbeatable stability/compatibility. No third party kernel drivers are used (excepting WindowsXP Editions)
•Perpetual license without subscriptions
•100% compatibilty with any Windows version from Windows10 to WindowsXP (special WindowsXP edition)
•Desktop and WindowsStore/Metro applications protection
•Light setup ~ 5MB, small memory footprint
•Automatic applications listing/prompting
•Permanent network activity monitoring and instant notifications of blocked/allowed network incoming/outgoing events
•Remote management, remote applications protection
•Portable version (no installation required) available (for USB connected devices)
•External network connection (firewall/router) hardware support

•Designed for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/2008/2012/XP/2003
•Easy to use
•Per-application security settings
•Automatic network activity detection and applications listing
•Strict network activity statistics for every application
•Zone based network permissions management
•Flexible permissions settings, 30+ predefined security zones for applications, single click the zones usage
•Ability to compose new security zones and update/modify the existing zones
•Detailed blocked/allowed events monitoring, management and logging. Instant notifications
•Complete IPv6 support
•Ability to manage applications permissions and control applications network activity locally and remotely
•Group zone and application permissions management
•Predefined mode for decreasing expenses of mobile/satellite internet connection
•Integration with Windows Explorer for direct access permission management
•Applications connections monitoring and management
•Automatic Port Forwarding-to-applications management/synchronization

•Ability to protect multiple computers by a single installation
•Ability to monitor and manage multiple applications installed on multiple computer simultaneously and automatically
•Ability to create virtual sub networks in the same LAN
•Control of mutual in-LAN connectivity. Ability to isolate a dedicated (child's) computer from other in-LAN computers

Cybersafe Firewall - Cybersafe Firewall - http://cybersafesoft.com/products/cybersafe-firewall/
The Cybersafe Firewall is a powerful internetwork firewall, developed by the specialists at CyberSafe Software LP for protecting computer systems and local networks from external harmful actions.
The effectiveness of its protection is achieved by filtration of incoming and outgoing traffic on the basis of chosen security settings. The levels of safety are regulated for each network interface, which is very convenient when setting user permissions. A firewall hides all ports in order to make your computer invisible to scanning (Stealth security), and defends your system from external attacks, while monitoring all potential and real threats.

The Cybersafe Firewall was developed as an integrated solution for protecting systems based on the Windows operating system. It can be used both as an internetwork shield on a server, or as a personal brandmauer firewall, installed on the user’s computer.
Using it, one can carry out monitoring, traffic control for internet resources, and looking over incoming and outgoing traffic with the ability to sort and export to a file. It also gives you the ability to regulate access to personal resources on a computer, for example: files, printers, etc. The built in service for reassigning ports and addresses even allows you to create server clusters.
Access filtration.
Cybersafe Firewall carries out access filtration for known unprotected services, protects received private information from a secure subnetwork, and does not allow use of vulnerable Windows services which could introduce malware into a secure subnetwork.

Access control.
Cybersafe Firewall controls access to network nodes and registers all access attempts both from outside, and from the internal network, which allows it to keep track of the use of access in the Internet by separate nodes of the network. Access control is carried out on the basis of safety rules, and limits and resending of traffic on the basis of rules for IP address, protocols, ports and masks of the subnetwork.

Regulating access.
CyberSafe Firewall is an internetwork firewall allowing you to control active network connections, and create security rules for them, regulating the way they access the network. Rules filters are drawn up on a low level in the network driver and, thereafter, become more secure than filters set on the level of applications, which are used by the majority of other personal brandmauers.

Traffic control.
CyberSafe Firewall controls incoming and outgoing network traffic. When network traffic is being controlled, the server is completely protected from attacks through unused ports or applications with access to the server. CyberSafe Firewall offers developing and flexible filtration for creation of a network policy of any complexity necessary for corporate use.

Network address translation.
The program carries out address translation via NAT (Network Address Translation), which allows the prevention or limiting of external communication with internal hosts, leaving the ability for outgoing communication, thus hiding unprotected services of internal hosts/servers.
You could get away with not having to fire up Wireshark or a sniffer, but perhaps that's the only way if you wish or need to allow some access. A firewall logs indicate lots of requests from the browsers being used, but don't seem to indicate a level of detail greater than that of (i.e, if any add-ons or programs themselves are making the requests). Glasswire, to shows connections, but again, not in a level of detail greater than which of the browsers the requests came from and not to a pin point of certainty. Also a lot of app developers have been doing in-house telemetry gathering rather than using one of the API's, which it's mostly a losing battle for us. So it's necessary to consider a deny-by-default FIREWALL...

I ran across one Man's saying- "We shall fight in our OS settings, we shall fight in our host-files and blocking programs, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing success in our routers, we shall defend our computer data, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight through our software choices, we shall fight in the forums and in the blogs, we shall fight in the courtrooms and regulatory agencies and we shall never surrender...
3. Use a Private Search Engines for Anonymous Web Surfing - no matter of your browser being used
StartPage and Ixquick market themselves as “the only third-party certified search engines in the world that do not record your IP address or track your searches.” StartPage allows users to access Google results with privacy, while Ixquick is a meta search engine that provides private search results that do not include Google results. StartPage and Ixquick offers a proxy option for exploring search results.

www.startpage.com
StartPage acts as a middleman between you and Google Search, letting you submit search terms through StartPage without letting Google Search trace your search request directly back to you and your personal information. StartPage never asks for or keeps a record of your computer's Internet address, and never uses cookies to keep a record of what you search for.
Privacy Statement - https://www.startpage.com/eng/privacy-policy.html#hmb

www.ixquick.eu
IxQuick, StartPage's parent company, also has a search engine that looks for results from major search engines other than Google Search. It works pretty much the same way as StartPage.
Privacy Statement - https://www.ixquick.eu/eng/privacy-policy.html#hmb

https://duckduckgo.com
DuckDuckGo offers Privacy/Security and does not collect any personal information. ?So, by default, it doesn’t store any search history, IP addresses, and cookies. Furthermore, for added security, DDG automatically points to the encrypted (HTTPS) versions of websites. Not only that, you can also use DDG with Tor. DuckDuckGo is far and away the most popular private search engine. It doesn't keep a record of what you search for, which means that it doesn't skew your results towards what it thinks you want to see. Instead, it will give you the same search results every time you enter the same key words or phrases. It also lets you instantly search for your terms on other major search engines and directory websites.
Privacy Statement - https://duckduckgo.com/privacy

6 Search Engines That Abuse Your Privacy (and 3 That Actually Preserve It) https://www.expressvpn.com/blog/6-search-engines-abuse-your-privacy/
NOT SO SURE ABOUT THESE (below) of there claims to privacy or lack there of - (3rd mention especially)-

https://search.disconnect.me/
Disconnect Search is part of a whole suite of software that is dedicated to keeping people's activities on the Internet private. All of Disconnect's products, including its search engine, follow four basic rules. First - they never collect any information about you without you saying so, Second - any personal information that you do give them is never sold to anyone else. Third - said personal information is only shared with others in emergency situations, such as in order to comply with the law. Forth - any personal information given to Disconnect will be deleted within a month of you asking them to do so.
Privacy Statement - https://disconnect.me/privacy

https://oscobo.co.uk/
Oscobo aims to be the UK’s answer to DuckDuckGo — a privacy-based search engine built for the UK market. While anyone can use Oscobo, at this time it is built to deliver results for a UK audience. Throughout 2016 the company will roll its search engine out to more countries, along with country-specific search settings for those countries.
Privacy Statement - https://oscobo.co.uk/privacy.php

@ Then there's this (which says nothing about your privacy - that I can find, yet)- Web Search by the people, for the people.
http://yacy.net/en/
YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index. We want to achieve freedom of information through a free, distributed web search which is powered by the world's users.The major search engines of the global corporations are closed systems. Their search technology is not transparent and comprehensible.

We go a different way: YaCy is open-source, free software and is completely transparent: everyone can see how information is obtained for the search engine and displayed to the user.

There is a lot of free content on the Internet, such as Wikipedia, free music, data under Creative Commons licenses and documents of the Open Access movement. This free content should not only by discoverable using proprietary search engines in an increasingly monopolistic Internet infrastructure because then the monopoly holders decide what information is visible.
In a monopolistic Internet infrastructure, there is a missing link in the chain from producers of free content to the user. Free information can only be truly free if it can be found with free software. YaCy is the missing link between free content and the search-engine independent user!
The Internet and World Wide Web should provide for its original philosophy of an all-to-all infrastructure and build not only transmitter-receiver connections. Today search engines link decentralized services and content, but because of their centralized structure, they have become the "gatekeepers" of the Web. Our goal is to help producers and users of information on the Web operate independently of the centralized search technique. YaCy can make all content available to all Internet users - without introducing another monopoly!

[ @ I agree with the Logic of YaCy to the web companies that strive to tailor their services (including news and search results monopoly) to our personal tastes and remembering it's for their profits, there's a dangerous unintended consequence. We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. This will prove to be bad for us and a bad for democracy in general worldwide.]
What if you were to only know of the color Blue jumping to the color Green without the variations in between, or only given x amounts of websites to shop from? This is what a monopoly will cause...
4. Use a VPN to encrypt your Internet Traffic and hide your IP or at the least a Proxy in hiding that of your IP address...
Help make mass surveillance of entire populations uneconomical! We all have a right to privacy, which you can exercise today by encrypting your communications and ending your reliance on proprietary services.
https://prism-break.org/en/

Privacy? I don't have anything to hide. https://www.privacytools.io/

That One Privacy Site. (VPN Info.) https://thatoneprivacysite.net/

The impossible task of creating a “Best VPNs” list today.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/06/aiming-for-anonymity-ars-assesses-the-state-of-vpns-in-2016

The Ultimate Privacy Guide. https://www.bestvpn.com/the-ultimate-privacy-guide/

Thanks,
Gass :D
 
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vasily_bagirov

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What Adguard version do you mean in your poll - Windows, Android etc.? Also, I personally think it would be more productive to ask users what exactly additional privacy protecting tools would they want to see. It is almost obvious that everyone would like to have his privacy proteted as good as possible, but the question is, how exactly do they want it to be implemented.
 

Gass

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What Adguard version do you mean in your poll - Windows, Android etc.? Also, I personally think it would be more productive to ask users what exactly additional privacy protecting tools would they want to see. It is almost obvious that everyone would like to have his privacy proteted as good as possible, but the question is, how exactly do they want it to be implemented.
@vasily_bagirov

Being it's here in the Off-Topic's I left it open to all platforms and devices. So in general, a poll to all platforms/device of Adguard users then.

Any (user/device/platform) that uses the Internet faces a loss of privacy in doing so, heck someday Adguard might have to protect us better cause our smart refrigerator connected to our smart home with the IOT is telling you - your out of eggs and butter, and thus we're hit with ads of them on desktops and mobiles, all the devices we own as well, cause the internet knows to much of us and about our lives, and which days we're most likely to shop and at what stores even...
Your smart car knows you just left your cities limits and now you've gone out of state - so your car and mobiles are getting ads for Motel's and restaurants.

Wouldn't it be better now to put one foot in front of the other and then being able to umbrella out to the other platforms as Adguard seems it has been doing in the past?
The common delivery (or spy) is the internet - which as I pointed out, is to know all to much, liken to the old phone systems when there were phone party lines shared. You just didn't know who all may of been listening in and find out things of your personal business, that you didn't mean for others to have knowledge of your affairs and life. Unlike of that party phone system, a user of the internet should and does feel they have a right to their privacy - which is not true at all - the internet finds out and stores all this personal information and sells it for a greedy profit. So where as only some in your home town may have known of your personal business with a party phone system - with the internet it's a vast spying system and can be in a worldwide spreading of ones personal information now.

Adguard is poised and has earned the trust to aid each and every internet user who opens it's box of toys and plays with them. The sky is not falling but, it does have many eye's. Adguard needs more toys now, moving from just being an ad blocker into an ad blocker with a personal privacy guard or guardian. Nothing like that of a security in antivirus - antimalware would be, no way. Toys or tools now geared to a privacy focused guardian approach to defend us against what's being delivered against an internet user today and guarding of the stealing away from us from those of our personal information's as well as the web habits of our online lives.

Adguard needs to have the greater vision (more so now), and to be ready and then prepared in the future to defend us against the raise of less and less personal privacy by the (spy's) or internet data brokers for any paid Adguard user.
If Adguard needs more money to pull this off - which it probably will, then make it as an upgrade to a license holder or for a paid add-on to the Adguard license. Just make it good and Adguard license holders will pay for it by using the welcome benefits and peace of mind it would bring to them.

Yes and please don't get me wrong as Adguard has been a blessing so far, I'm only saying to understand the greater roll in which Adguard could play with new abilities and follow through with that. One step after the other in your path to greatness as an ad blocker with a personal privacy guard benefit to your users.

Okay Vasily, I'll post a specific topic and question(s) in "Discussion Adguard for Windows" that you have asked for to being a more productive route. :)
Done- https://forum.adguard.com/index.php?threads/do-adguard-users-want-additional-privacy-protection-tools.16318/

Adguard Team - the image below says a thousand words of what Adguard Ad Blocker with Personal Privacy Guard could be and do... To Defend Adguard Users with New Tools !


I hope the image is a good example and speaks volumes.
Thanks,
Gass :D
 
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vasily_bagirov

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Being it's here in the Off-Topic's I left it open to all platforms and devices. So in general, a poll to all platforms/device of Adguard users then.
My thoughts were that different versions of Adguard have different capabilities of protecting users' privacy. For someone, for example, Windows version might provide enough protection, but Android might not.

As for your general message (i.e. Adguard has to improve privacy protection in some way): I agree. But it will be a graduate process rather than an abrupt change. We look at the most important subjects and trends and try to follow them. When new challenges come, they will properly addressed :)
 

kevnjohn

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I think Adguard needs to build a separate security software because these days security and privacy is the biggest issues for internet users. I know it requires time along with complete research plan.
 

vasily_bagirov

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@kevnjohn why do you think a separate security software is preferrable? So far we develop a privacy protection module (Stealth Mode) within Adguard for Windows, and our apps for other platforms also go the same route of combining ad blocker and privacy protection toolkit.
 

kevnjohn

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Yes, I know about the privacy protection module (Stealth Mode) within Adguard. but currently it does not have the features which allow users to evade geographical restriction.
 

kevnjohn

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Yes, I understand but actually people look for a specific software which can evade geographical restriction also provide security and privacy.
 

Gass

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Yes, I understand but actually people look for a specific software which can evade geographical restriction also provide security and privacy.
Your talking like a VPN does mostly and I have answered you there in that topic you posted in.
https://forum.adguard.com/index.php?threads/the-truth-behind-vpn-protection.13798/#post-121525
Otherwise it sounds like you want a jack of all software and specifically mastering none, but to have a foot in the door so to speak - which would really give people a false sense of security and trust - which Adguard has the good sense not to do as others have tried and failed. How much redundancy is already in peoples systems and of what good. https://forum.adguard.com/index.php?threads/redundancy-is-it-good-is-it-not-good.13603/

Adguard does offer a proxy settings part within it and then Adguard DNS for ads, trackers and phishing websites for Default settings and even Family Protection of blocking ads, trackers, phishing and adult websites, and to enforce safe search in your browser.
What is Adguard DNS? https://adguard.com/en/adguard-dns/overview.html
Setup guide https://adguard.com/en/adguard-dns/instruction.html#instruction
Its free for personal use and its what Adguard has to offer so far, even covering setup guide for DNSCrypt.

I personally would hate to see Adguard have or become a SECURITY PRODUCT liken to an anti-virus and anti-malware. There's no need for it to move into that realm as that market is already saturated to much already by proven and good products.

Now as for privacy heck yes and anything you would care to see in Adguard there is a topic your more than welcome to post in of what it is - possibly being added to the Stealth Mode as a tool. https://forum.adguard.com/index.php?threads/do-adguard-users-want-additional-privacy-protection-tools.16318/

kevnjohn - I Edited this part out (for obvious reasons) - I guess.
Gass :D
 
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vasily_bagirov

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Yes, I understand but actually people look for a specific software which can evade geographical restriction also provide security and privacy.
Our philosophy is that everyone should first and foremost concentrate on their primary task. When you try to do too many things at once, it rarely goes well. There are plenty of anonimizers and various VPN services out there, which are developed specifically for this purpose and do their job well. We do not want to compete with them, and rather do a good job blocking ads and protecting privacy.
 

kevnjohn

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Our philosophy is that everyone should first and foremost concentrate on their primary task. When you try to do too many things at once, it rarely goes well. There are plenty of anonimizers and various VPN services out there, which are developed specifically for this purpose and do their job well. We do not want to compete with them, and rather do a good job blocking ads and protecting privacy.
Yes, you are right and I completely agree with you.

Thanks.
 
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