Attention to the topics of data protection and security on the Internet has increased significantly in recent years. Every day dozens of scripts, trackers and other technologies follow us through the Internet and try to filter out our interests in this way. Because you can only sell things to customers you know.
So far, a lot has happened on the legal level on this topic, with the General Data Protection Regulation a powerful framework has found its way into our everyday life. Nevertheless, leaks show every day – whether on Facebook, Yahoo or other services – that our information can get lost quickly. In the United States, the Electronic Frountier Foundation has been campaigning for the protection of users for decades.
The result are some useful tools that are supposed to make surfing safer without sacrificing comfort. In addition to the “Privacy Badger” or “Disconnect”, there is also the “HTTPS Everywhere” add-on, which should secure your Internet connection to almost all Internet sites. In simple terms, connections via HTTP, which are normally unencrypted, are switched to HTTPS (if the website supports this too) there is a list that the extension uses. This list has so far been generated mostly “manually” by crowdsourcing, this could change significantly in the next few months. A collaboration with DuckDuckGo should make it possible.
Because technologies from DuckDuckGo analyze the Internet every day and automatically create the list required by “HTTPS Everywhere”. As a result, previous processes can be streamlined and the privacy of users can be better guaranteed. The list of domains created by crowdsourcing will no longer be expanded from the end of May, so providers who also use these in addition to the EFF will have to be content with an alternative solution from then on.
The more content we can consume on the Internet, the more dangerous our experience on the Internet becomes . With the cooperation of two heavyweights, who are on the market with the Electronic Frountier Foundation and DuckDuckGo, further solutions could be devised in the near future and the privacy of many users worldwide could be improved even further. Because a free Internet is always one in which the privacy of each individual is protected.