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Using Debian Squeeze. If use firefox with only the addon Ghostery tracker blocker and NoScript (which blocks scripts from websites) in use, no others. Then Ghostery does not, apparently, usually ...
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    Linux Newbie lugoteehalt's Avatar
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    Cannot block google analytics with ghostery firefox addon with noscrip


    Using Debian Squeeze. If use firefox with only the addon Ghostery tracker blocker and NoScript (which blocks scripts from websites) in use, no others. Then Ghostery does not, apparently, usually block the horrid tracker Google Analytics. Ghostery does block Google Analytics in the absense of NoScript.

    Anyone else have this problem? Any thoughts?
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    Linux Newbie lugoteehalt's Avatar
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    Is the answer to modify /etc/hosts a la How to block your browser from sending information to Google Analytics - a great resource for How To's from Wikia

    Code:
    127.0.0.1       localhost
    127.0.1.1       debian.domain.org       debian
    
    # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
    ::1     ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
    fe00::0 ip6-localnet
    ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
    ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
    ff02::2 ip6-allrouters
    
    # My filters
    127.0.0.1 www.google-analytics.com
    127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com
    127.0.0.1 ssl.google-analytics.com
    Anyone know if this is reliable information?
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    That will block it, no doubt.
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    Yep, that will work. I have a large hosts file blocking a lot of sites.
    This site has a good hosts file to use. Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File

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    Great thanks both. Put in the said file of a long list of nasties. The addon BitDefender still reports Google Analyticis on this page, for example, while the addon Ghostery does not claim to have blocked it, but says it has blocked 4 other trackers not reported by BitDefender.

    The long list of nasties says there may be problems with Firefox if you block Google. I'll see if this is a problem.

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    Try Iceweasel with the "request policy" plugin. No script will run that you do not allow. This can become frustrating because you have to "allow" cross-scripts on every page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoDiddley View Post
    Try Iceweasel with the "request policy" plugin. No script will run that you do not allow. This can become frustrating because you have to "allow" cross-scripts on every page.
    Done that. The still get reports that Google Analytics is installed but perhaps these are misleading.
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    I would say you are chasing a false positive.

    No subscript will manifest itself unless you allow. Take the rest of the page, for example - is it easily viewable? Not on my system. Not until I allow it. So technically they are still there (knocking at the door), but you have to let them in. A cross-script must be allowed to run. When you are unprotected - all cross scripts are running in the background.

    By the way - there is a "Money as Debt" link beneath your signature. It shows as a google.com video. A bit strange I would think, for a person trying to avoid google.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoDiddley View Post
    I would say you are chasing a false positive.

    By the way - there is a "Money as Debt" link beneath your signature. It shows as a google.com video. A bit strange I would think, for a person trying to avoid google.
    Thanks. False positive is what I was hoping, do not know sod all about this stuff.

    The Money As Debt link, absurdly important information, allows Google to track me??

    Do you happen to know a simple file, or something, to look at to see if google analytics is doing its evil thing on the computer?
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