[tor-talk] Adblock Plus and Ghostery should be included in Tor bundle

Joe Btfsplk joebtfsplk at gmx.com
Mon Feb 13 18:58:40 UTC 2012

On 2/12/2012 7:39 PM, AK wrote:
> I think Ghostery + Adblock Plus + No Script is overkill. Choose one. They
> all pretty much do the same thing. Block nasty javascript. No Script seems
> appropriate for the Tor Browser due to it's default aggressive stance on
> any javascript.
> But just curious, which part of Ghostery is closed source, because when I
> open up the xpi I don't see any binaries, but haven't looked at everything.
There may be some overlap of functions, but they each perform (at least 
some) very diff functions.  That becomes clear when read the basic 
description of each extension.
I honestly DON'T know if NoScript, appropriately configured, can do 
everything that AdBlock and / or Ghostery can, because it is a very 
complex extension, even for above avg users.  If one is a "No Script 
Guru," they may know the answer.

One question is, even if NoScript can be configured to "do" everything 
AdBlock & Ghostery can, would those be appropriate settings for Tor 
users?  Even though NoScript is included in TBB, users changing all 
sorts of default settings isn't necessarily a good idea, w/o knowing 
(through accurate testing) all implications to anonymity of TBB.  That's 
just for NoScript.  We have no idea of ALL implications of using AdBlock 
Plus & Ghostery, much less all 3 together.  Unfortunately, I've seen 
very little documentation from Tor Project about changing default 
settings in NoScript.

I'd personally like to see some "official" Tor Project documentation on 
configuring * some * NoScript settings in TBB.  Even if it said 
something like, "Except for options XYZ, leave everything else in 
NoScript the hell alone."

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