- Apr 28, 2021
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It's not MAC Address - it's only used and available for local network to identify your device amongst other connected. That said if that is a worry, there is software than can change this easily.I don't know what is issue, I'm working on it. Maybe devices get tracked by google, mac address or something else. This started from 8th April when was Google update for product reviews.
Overall, there is a possibility of Cookieless fingerprinting - Google does not officially do this, but cmon.
If you want to exclude with absolute certainty that it's your device that is causing the issue - I recommend picking up Linux. You can run it also on Virtual Machine if your device has enough juice for that. Overall using Virtual Machines is good-ish option as you can also download Android software and run it on your phone. This however is indeed a small learning curve, but I recommend taking it. Worth it.
https://www.virtualbox.org/ << Virtualbox, popular and free Virtual Machine
https://www.howtogeek.com/164570/how-to-install-android-in-virtualbox/ << Installing Android in Virtualbox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/random_user_agent/ << Random user agent spoofer for Firefox - check if it works for your use case (if you open up the review box with one UA and submit with another, is a flag)
More advanced topic:
With Whonix Gateway you can connect to Tor and then to a proxy, so you will have clearnet (non-Tor) IP address. I recommend setting up one Gateway per device or use a rotating proxy there. If you have powerful enough desktop (mid-high tier gaming desktop for example), you can run 3 devices with their gateways in parallel, all with unique fingerprints and IPs. This requires learning, but is incredibly powerful.
Also make sure your proxies are high quality.
You can search almost any OS/device "how to install x on virtualbox" or "how to emulate x in virtualbox".
Alternatively you can use live Linux to remove all the data, but this also has it's issues, especially regarding that the hardware metrics that browser can read will not be changing.
Saying again, it will be confusing in the beginning if you have no experience with this, but in the end the tech knowledge needed is not very high.
As a rule of thumb you WANT to have a fingerprint - removing all fingerprints is also a flag. So I recommend reading up on the topic and doing this setup. If you're serious it will be worth it.
hope this helps