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What Does Google Know About My Mac

Discussion in 'Proxies' started by mouthpaw, Nov 15, 2011.

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  1. mouthpaw

    mouthpaw Junior Member Premium Member

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    I've read somewhere in these forums that there is something beyond the IP that G:batman::batman:gle can identify on macs. Something that would, say, identify my friend who might try using a private proxy to sign up for adwords after a ban, perhaps, using the same computer he/she used for the banned account, but changing everything else. Seriously. Everything. He/she was thorough!

    If memory serves, the solution presented was to use a VPN. Completely do-able, for my friend that is. Just curious what it is that Google sees and if there's anything can be done about it.
     
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    Google Is Using One Of These To Spy On Your Mac :D

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    F**king kitten update! Out already!?
     
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    Clear the browser cache, google is probably loading you with tracking cookies.
     
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    Use Ccleaner, but you have to remove G cookies from the list of cookies to not erase, i've been using it for years and i discovered just a few days ago that G cookies keep beeing stored -_-
     
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    They probably know what kind of porn you surf. From there, they can tell if you are homo or hetero sexual. Not that there is anything wrong with either.
     
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    Geez guys. Now you got me all paranoid. I look up, but nothing there. I look down to type again, and out of the corner of my eye I can see furry little preference-sniffing porn-busting pussies looking in my windows.

    The G:batman::batman:gle Pussy Update: stealthiest, most sophisticated algorithm yet.
     
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    Here is something pretty interesting...

    Beyond your IP, cookies, etc, your browser leaks a ton of information to every website it visits that can be used to generate a unique 'signature' for your PC, if Google so desired (and they probably do). More info: http://centralops.net/asp/co/BrowserMirror.vbs.asp
     
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    If you have javascript active, that most likely you have, a highly unique combination of plugins installed, screen resolution and browser capabilities of your own machine is leaked making not only your browser UNIQUELY identifiable with a certain margin of error but in many circumstances also your pc/mac. I remember some site like eff having a test you could run to see how unique your browser was.

    Wherever you feel like not wanting this info to be leaked consider blacklisting the execution of js and you'll be halfway there.
     
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    i knew that kitty is a spy. will tell my dog called Facebook to bite her.
     
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    add flash cookies to the list (google may not be watching but its still a possibility)

    also system clock vs time zone, etc
     
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    I don't know if this works for PCs as it does for Macs. I use a Mac and recently found a web with a catchy title: "Want to discover what we know about your computer? (Something like that. I can´t remember the exact words)

    Intrigued, I took the test and got into the page. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!

    Just by visiting this site, its webmaster found out not just my ISP details but my mac OS version and my complete hardware specs (what Apple names "System Profiler"). So take care...
     
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    I use lynx on my arch linux box. I got it for Christmas back in 1985.. time flies *sigh*
     
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    I´ve heard about VPN to overcome this issue.

    Does somebody know if running your BH stuff from a virtualized windows could do also?

    I mean, if you install Parallels or VMWare on a Mac, then create a virtual machine and install Windows on it, what hardware specs would G00gle (or whoever) see? The ones from your virtual machine (those false specs that virtualizing software uses to decieve Windows, so to get this OS to install on a Mac) or the ones from your computer?
     
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    Check this out, it's not even a comprehensive list of all the unique-ifying features of a browser.

    http://panopticlick.eff.org/

    Google has a ton of patents for identifying unique users, unique users behind the same IP etc.
     
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    I got him.

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    Reading this a few years ago made me start using vmware. I have multiple instances of windows on my machines with different software installed etc. Not because I am paranoid but because I do alot automated stuff and dont want big G to know how I am gaming him/her!
     
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    What do you mean by "multiple instances of windows"? One virtual machine running XP, another one Vista, another Seven...? Or same major version (let's say XP), but on one virtual machine you run "XP home", on other "XP professional"...?

    I'm asking because it seems to me to be easier to stick to just one major Windows release (i.e. XP), then virtualize different versions of it; rather than running every Windows around since year 2000. What I ignore, that's why I'd like to know how you're managing this, is whether this shortcut of mine will actually work or ruin the disguise.

    (On another note, I'm assuming that you run several web browsers on each virtual machine.)

    Anyway, my main concern on this method is that VMWare or Parallels could leave some footprint themselves or that the false hardware specs this kind of software attributes to each virtual machine were not 100% run-of-the-mill, so unique or traceable somehow.

    Have you checked your scheme on pages like the one Autumn's just shared, to see "how do you look like" from such these radars?
     
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    Hi Ken,

    I run multiple machines that I run vmware on (7 actually). However you can run different versions of windows from the same machine I do do this on 1 or 2 machines. I run each instance off of external hard drives, it is a bit slower but not noticeably. Once I have the vmware booted I fire off my macros and bots and walk away. SO I dont really care if the machine is slow to boot. My office also has 4 different broadband providers and I have lots of proxies, some on my own dedicated servers. My wife calls my office "the factory" which is pretty close to the truth. Yeah I checked a few of my machines on eff awhile ago and all considered different machines. So yes it works.
     
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    Thanks a lot, mate.

    I do understand your wife, LOL. If I ever try to plug in as many computers, HDs, etc. as you've done, my "office" will burn to ashes (so my home too :)).

    Anyway, quite valuable info. Now, I just have to downgrade your method to my humble requirements.