Is Ubuntu’s New Firefox Watching You?
According to a recent Slashdot article it very well might be. Ubuntu recently released a new extension to Firefox alpha 3 called “Multisearch”.
The first thing that I don’t like about it is that it installs automatically without any warning about potential privacy problems. For me that’s a deal-breaker all by itself.
Another thing that gets it a thumbs down is that the article also mentioned that it has “other purposes” of collecting usage data and generating revenue. Exactly how the “generating revenue” part works wasn’t explained that I saw but the simple fact that it’s part of the reason for the plugin is reason enough IMO to yank the sucker.
This means that the next time I start my Kubuntu (that’s Ubuntu with a KDE desktop for those who don’t know) machine, I’m going to start Firefox and go to “Tools” and “Add ons” and deactivate and / or remove that plugin.
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