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‪Just found a news site (they’re usually the worst) loading javascript from 93 different third-party domains. NINETY-THREE. ‬

‪Most of those scripts are from ad networks, 9 of them are ad networks that begin with the word “ad.”‬

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@laura This is why I love browsing the web without Javascript :)

@fatboy but don’t you find that most sites break?! Surely Mastodon breaks?!

@laura @fatboy

Another NoScripter here. The majority of sites work fine without Javascript. Layouts break often, but it's still better than running arbitrary code. The biggest issues come from e-commerce sites.

For something like Mastodon, which I trust, I enable scripts.

@laura yes! Most definitely breaks most pages.
This is why I use two browsers, one for browsing/reading, second for logins of sites I trust.

@laura Don't worry, ad networks would *never* track which articles you read to profile you, and they would never be abused to deliver malware into your browser.

Oh, wait...

@kellerfuchs @laura Sounds like the perfect use case for disposable containers for each site (Mozilla has added this in newer Firefox as a feature), plus uMatrix.

Ran into over a dozen random and questionable 3rd party domains being pulled in on a merchant processors backend. There is no good reason to be running Facebook's javascript on a page that solely takes credit card info, but IMO this First Data reseller is inept...

@bikecurious @laura Yes, that's pretty much what I do: I taught myself to use Alt-C (which opens a fresh, temporary tab container) instead of Ctrl-T, and I have services I log into (Github, ...) pinned to specific, persistent containers.

It's not a replacement for blocking JavaScript entirely, and ressources from random third-party domains (JavaScript-free tracking is a thing), but that greatly limits advertiser's ability to track me across sites

@kellerfuchs @bikecurious seems like fingerprinting would probably render this ineffective though?

@laura @bikecurious Yeah, browser fingerprinting is a problem, though it is in many cases (but not all) mitigated by disabling JS.

Generally, the only browser that makes a serious effort at being fingerprinting-resistant is Tor Browser; a number of its privacy features are making it upstream into Firefox, but they aren't always enabled by default.

@laura how many of them are using SRI?

I'm guessing between 0 and 0.

@ben @laura 9 of them are ad networks that begin with the word “ad.”
at least the are hones.

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