Summary: The TOR project asks users to abandon Microsoft Windows, which helped the NSA (based on identified IP blocks) crack anonymity
THE thing about proprietary software is, it infects any system it is surrounding, making everything penetrable if the underlying layer has a back door, which Windows has. Activists who challenge authority must never rely on proprietary software, suggests experience [1, 2],
More GNU/Linux distributors should start promoting their products based on privacy as a selling point, not just software freedom, especially now that a lot of people are concerned about mass surveillance. Sadly, however, even some of these distributors are now compromising their users' privacy inside Azure, whose host is in bed with the NSA.
The TOR Project is advising that people stop using Windows after the discovery of a startling vulnerability in Firefox that undermined the main advantages of the privacy-centered network.
There is more here. “In the pre-Mono days,” iophk says, “I would have expected Canonical and Ubuntu to be all over that. Shuttleworth could make an invitation like he did to the Suse developers. However, with their Community “Manager” defending MS, that may not happen. Speaking of the “manager”, his and the others' responses to your old post here has elicited denial of the problem as well as a bit of an attack. I think the topic is very worth revisiting at least once a month.”
Here is another post about this subject. It is reproduced as follows from JoinDiaspora:
Who were affected?
- Window Users
- Used the Tor Browser Bundle
Most of the users were windows users, I’m not claiming that Linux or
Gnu|linux users are superior but to be more accurate, some windows
users don’t have the mentality of security or common sense when it comes to
protecting them self and their devises. Gnu|linux users or Unix users are more
aware of their surrounding and what goes within their Systems, now that said
Windows users need to understand that to be safe and secure you need to take
away all of those applications that would cause a back door to your system.
These are the following said applications:
my favorite way is to add an add-on called, “NoScript”. This disables script’s
to be activated and or used within your browser, you have nothing to worry about, you are able to
Flash - Yes Flash, there are ways of doing this, either
deleting the flash application or never going to YouTube ( I doubt you’ll be doing this). There are multiple add-ons for your browser that will disable the usability of flash and allowing Html5 to
Cookies - Cookies are a great way of entering your system and
gather some useful information about said system and maybe you. There are
add-ons for disabling these little critters. there are multiple said add-ons like
Self-Destructing Cookies or going into your system and deleting them yourself.
the said sandbox, or to perform other malicious actions on your machine, like
~Using Tor Bundle~
Tor bundle uses an old version of Firefox and is easily
exploited, add-ons are not implemented within the browser. Even if you
were using Tor you would of gotten targeted. Using a different applications
for the same cause will allow users to be much safer than having a bundle and
thinking that no one can actually hack|crack into said system. This is false when
using anything, just keep in mind that you could always be Hacked|cracked by
someone or a specific organization.
Forgot to mention one thing, passwords. People please, don’t
create a password that is easily created like,
your name, age, birthThe best way of creating a good
place, or someone or something.
passphrase is to use Uppercase letters as well as other symbols for instance
if your name is jonny michaels use
keep in mind that this example is just a bare minimum for a truly secure Password.
If you have any questions on what to use or just have anything
to ask me just ask.
Like alway, happy hacking
And if you don’t use free software, the hacking (or cracking) is all on you. █