After installing Linux Mint 17.2 on my Asus K54L laptop, I logged into Google, and got the following alert message at my Gmail account:
Then I logged into Facebook, and received this alert message:
Here’s the funny thing — I logged into both accounts using Mozilla Firefox.
So why am I getting messages saying that I used Safari on Mac OS X?
For the record, I haven’t touched anything Apple or Mac since April, 1994, when I had to use a Leatherman multi-tool to pull my floppy disk out of the drive slot when the “Eject” command (⌘-E) didn’t work after repeated tries.
After installing Linux Mint on the laptop, I launched Firefox, and installed the following add-ons to Firefox —
The costs of this?
- Linux Mint 17.2 — ∅16.99 + tax (It was on the live DVD glued to the front cover of Linux Format magazine – part of the price tag is for the DVD. Another part of the price tag is that it’s printed in the UK and shipped across the Atlantic every month.)
- A few minutes of time, a few watts of electricity to spin that live DVD in the drive.
- A few mouse clicks here and there . . .
. . . and to paraphrase the MasterCard advertising copy, the upside — giving a virtual single-digit salute to two of the biggest privacy invaders on the planet — PRICELESS.
FOR FURTHER REFERENCE
- Bananas! at liberty.me by David Montgomery — You’re a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught
- Approximate reading level – 9.4
- Reposted –