Breadcrumbs Privacy Software 1.1.3.1 (Beta) Updated – Now With 64 Bit Support

Earlier this month, I ran a short test on Breadcrumbs Privacy Software (Beta) – Free Breadcrumbs Beta – Slaps Down Data Miners – which, according to the developer “……. automatically creates a Bogus Identity for you, thus preventing trackers from analyzing your real browsing information, leaving them with useless data.”

So, is this fair – is it OK to screw with so called “data miners”? Undoubtedly, you’ll make up your own mind on this – but, I won’t hesitate to state my opinion – “You’re damn right it is!”

Data miners, in an attempt to camouflage broad scale privacy intrusions, conveniently refer to their activities as predictive analytics, customer profiling, customer segmentation, predictive modeling, lifestyle clustering – yeah, right.

While predictive analytics, predictive modeling, etc. (you have to love how these guys paint privacy intrusions), may well be allowed under existing legislation – from a moral and ethical perspective, it’s reprehensible in my view.

Consider this – you’re cruising the Net and a tracker, or trackers, records every action you take, every motion you make –recording the type of sites you visit and revisit, time spent on sites, your shopping and spending habits, your political views, your marital status, and much more. All of this builds a profile of your browsing habits so that the data (your personal data), can be sold, bartered, and traded.

But don’t look for any sweeping legislative changes which will rein in these parasites any time soon. By and large, regulatory authorities have neither the moral courage, or the technical acumen (they simple fail to grasp the essence of the technology) necessary to enact appropriate consumer protection laws.

If you object to this type of intrusion into your privacy, then consider installing Breadcrumbs Privacy Software, and give these intrusive jerks the heave-ho. It may not be a perfect solution but, it’s a definite step in the right direction.

Fast facts:

Create your bogus identity – Breadcrumbs bogus Identity feature automatically creates a Bogus Identity for you, thus preventing trackers from analyzing your real browsing information, leaving them with useless data. Read more

The Do Not Track Me stamp – Once enabled, the Do Not Track Me stamp identifies you as a Breadcrumbs Protected User. It tells trackers that you do not wish to be tracked, and also lets them know that they will be fooled by your Bogus Identity in case they decide to track you anyway. Read more

Watchers Analytics – Breadcrumbs Watchers Analytics feature enables you to see who is watching you online. It’s an easy way to block ads and prevent trackers from tracking you across the Internet. Read more

Installation is simple and the application settings are limited, but effective. Click on the graphic to expand to original.

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The dashboard will give you the opportunity to “watch the watchers” and block selectively. Click on the graphic to expand to original.

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The most interesting feature of Breadcrumbs is the promise that it will build a “‘bogus identity” which will mislead watchers. Click on the graphic to expand to original.

According to the developer –

“In order for the feature to work it first needs to “learn the user” then it will synthesize what bogus data should be added in order to mask your real data and identity (so give it a few more hours/days). All of the learning process is encrypted and is done on the client-side, hence no one can see or use it but the software (and in the future you).”

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In the following screen capture the expandable “Page Watcher” panel is shown – (shown expanded). This feature is selectable under “settings”. Click on the graphic to expand to original.

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Current Version: 1.1.3.1 (Beta) – release date: May 24, 2011.

Changes in this version:

Bug fixes.

Better performance (CPU + RAM)

64 bit support.

Enhanced security to the automated Bogus browser.

Tray notifier which notifies when privacy protection analysis ended, and when a new software version is available.

Added the option to turn watchers blocking on and off through the Watchers Analytics Panel in your browser, this feature is very helpful in cases you are not sure if the page is not loaded correctly because a watcher is blocked (so you can just turn blocking off and see if that is the problem) – the panel appears in red in case blocking is turned off.

System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista and Win 7. Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or above. (Breadcrumbs installer will alert you in case .NET Framework installation is needed)

Supported Web Browsers: Internet Explorer 7 or above. (including IE9). Firefox 3.6 or above. (including FF4). Google Chrome.

Download at: Developer’s site (Breadcrumb Solutions)

Breadcrumbs Usage and Demo: Video 2:26

I often hear from people who feel that since the information being mined is anonymous, no real invasion of privacy is taking place. While that may have been the case previously, that’s not the case currently.

Consider readingPrivacy: reidentification a growing risk.

Browser fingerprinting (a method used to identify you specifically) – Consider taking the Panopticlick test which analyses  your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits.

My test results:

Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 1,546,722 tested so far. Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys at least 20.56 bits of identifying information.

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8 responses to “Breadcrumbs Privacy Software 1.1.3.1 (Beta) Updated – Now With 64 Bit Support

  1. hipockets

    Re Panopticlick–

    I’ve known for some time that your website is unique, and now we find out that your browser fingerprint is unique among 1,546,722 fingerprints tested! How about an article on your choice of browsers, its settings, and the effect of each setting on uniqueness?

    My fingerprint was one in over 25,000, with 14 bits of information being sent. I use Firefox 4, with NoScript, AdBlock Plus, Better Privacy, FlashBlock, ReDirect Remover, and Search Engine Security, but I imagine that only NoScript had any effect on my score.

    I am notified of all cookies, and I usually choose to accept them just for the session. Since I did see any attempts from Panopticlick to set a cookie, I was very surprised to see that I am one in 1.31 in this category.

    As usual, a thought just occurred to me. I’m going to Panopticlick (using that as a verb!) again with IE 8 and Opera 11.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hey Hipockets,

      This is one time when being “unique” is a definite negative – it simply makes tracking easier due to my Browser’s “uniqueness”. You, on the other hand, with your larger spread 1/25,000, are marginally harder to track.

      However, as the article on the Panopticlick site ” How Unique Is Your Browser?” makes clear, Browser fingerprinting is virtually impossible to defeat.

      Essentially then, those users who object to personal data collection, have limited ways to fight back – except for employing protective measures such as Ghostery, Breadcrumbs, and the like.

      One reason my Browser is so unique is – I use Qualys BrowserCheck Plugin which most users don’t. As far as the additional add-ons I rely on, take a look at – An IT Professional’s Must Have Firefox and Chrome Add-ons.

      Always good to hear from you.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. Michael Cole

    So, is this fair – is it OK to screw with so called “data miners”? Undoubtedly, you’ll make up your own mind on this – but, I won’t hesitate to state my opinion – “You’re damn right it is!”

    HELL YES IT’s FAIR!!!! I use everything at my disposal to defeat unwanted tracking, it has gotten way out of hand. Will now add Breadcrumbs to the arsenal. Give up your privacy online at your own risk!!!

    Great find and article as usual.

    Regards,
    Michael

  3. hipockets

    I am really surprised! Both IE8 and Opera made my fingerprints unique among 1,547,141 samples, and identified at least 20.56 items of potentially identifying information sent. Both asked permission to set a cookie, which was granted. Firefox probably asked, too, and I just forgot.

    Who’d thunk that “Screen Size and Color Depth” and “System Fonts” would be tracked as identifying information?

  4. rob

    breadcrumbs is so good that i can’t enter websites i want. I can’t enter youtube. there’s nothing in the program to regulate which websites i want excluded. thus, i uninstalled it.