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Mozilla created a tool that opens 100 browsing tabs to mislead web trackers

By Shawn Knight · 9 replies
Jun 27, 2019
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  1. It’s understandable to be annoyed by intrusive third-party ad trackers that essentially spy on your every move and serve up ads related to what marketers think you might be interested in. Aside from ad blockers, however, what recourse do you really have?

    Mozilla feels your pain and wants to help… well, sort of.

    The software community has launched a tool called Track THIS that’s designed to throw off web trackers in a big way. When launched, the tool opens 100 browsing tabs that load a variety of websites based on one of four pre-set “alter egos” – hyperbeast, filthy rich, doomsday or influencer. The idea is to feed bogus browsing data to advertisers so they can’t target you as efficiently.

    Mozilla notes that a session will only impact the ads you see for a few days – after that, you’ll slowly start to see ads that better align with your true browsing habits.

    In short, this isn’t a practical solution to combat web trackers or one that you’ll even want to use on a semi-regular basis. I am curious to see how well it works, however, and if I’ll notice a difference in the ads I’m served over the coming days.

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  2. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,619   +598

    I thought about something like this to waste robo callers time, email spam etc. But I don't know how viable it would be. If we generated a hundred fake phone numbers\emails\identities for every real person, it would cut into their profits, at some point it would no longer be profitable.

    On the other hand say yahoo email, in every data base they could put in some flag emails, if anyone logs into them it could be an early detection that their has been a breach.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,540   +3,133

    That's like when you hate your phone so much, you want to send it down the balcony. And the phone manufacturer comes up with suggestion that in order to develop a better crashing momentum, it is best that you jump with the phone. That's basically what Mozilla just suggested. Thanks a lot!
    wiyosaya likes this.
  4. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 556   +272

    This is without a doubt, absolutely freaking hilarious! Full stop! Can't wait to try it out....
    Oh wait, my Firefox is complete locked down, so this won't work with me.. LOL! :laughing::cool:
    Andromadus likes this.
  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,131   +2,420

    To me, it seems like denying third-party cookies would be a simpler answer.
    lexster likes this.
  6. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 775   +660

    Finally a real use case for 64 Threadripper threads.
    lexster, Andromadus and Athlonite like this.
  7. Athlonite

    Athlonite TS Booster Posts: 136   +35

    In testing, my CPU usage immediately shot up to 100 percent and stayed there until I decided I’d had enough and killed the newly opened tabs.

    Well all I can say is you must have used a pretty crap system then as my Ryzen 7 2700 never went over 48% usage Oh and if you leave it to get to 100 sites opened it will just keep going I got upto 120 website tabs open before I killed it
  8. ChrisH1

    ChrisH1 TS Addict Posts: 140   +67

    Based on the ads I get presented with, I must be a seriously weird person ...
  9. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,929   +712

    How fast do you get all 100 tabs open and loaded? My final tab opens at 50 seconds and all the tabs finish loading at 60 seconds. When I run it it never exceeds what looks like the 100 tabs. It definitely stops opening pages after 50 seconds for me however. All tabs loaded Chrome is using just over 7GB of Ram.
  10. Athlonite

    Athlonite TS Booster Posts: 136   +35

    Proly about a minute or so in Opera but I'm in NZ so everywhere but NZ sites are slow to load anyways and all the site that loaded are from the U.S. or European servers and I was watching the tab count quite closely and it just kept opening more tabs after it reached 100 it actually got to 120 tabs before I killed it

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