Saturday, December 1, 2007

Web content filtering

Part of my HA setup includes running the Squid proxy/cache. I also run Adzapper in conjunction with Squid to remove annoying ads, popups, tracking bugs and scripts. Lately, there's been a huge uproar over Facebook's Beacon program, which has been found to be very intrusive spying on your web surfing habits. This article looks at the various options to block Beacon and finds that blocking a certain URL pattern will work. So I've added this line to my Adzapper config file:

AD http://(**.|).facebook.com/beacon**

Now we're safe from their prying eyes, until they change their URL pattern...

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