Privacy and the XOs BrowseActivityFebruary 5, 2009 at 15:23 | Posted in Privacy/Security, XO | 2 Comments
Tags: activity, browse, clear, cookies, History, howto, OLPC, privacy, XO
As mentioned in earlier posts I have been looking into ways for users to increase the Privacy/Security stance of the BrowseActivity. My biggest annoyance in this field so far has been the lack of a way to clear cookies and the browsing history. I was further miffed to find that the BrowseActivity completely ignores some of the About:config settings related to the history and p cookies.
I have found the the following do work:
using about:config and setting:
network.cookie.cookieBehavior to 1 will indeed block third party cookies.
network.cookie.lifetimePolicy to 2 will make all cookies “session only” clearing them when the browser closes.
The above two settings will only effect cookies that come in after the settings are changes third party and persistant cookies that came in before will be uneffected. But we’ll clear thous out in a sec.
Now for the History and Cookies.. After some poking around I found that the XOs Browse Activity stores cookies and the history in sqlite databases. These can be tricky to track down, but not to worry. if you have a G1G1 XO. (I’m guessing that is most of you). you can:
open the Terminal Activity
Become root with either the “become root” button or by typing su – at the commandline
change back to the olpc directory with: cd /home/olpc
then type: find isolation/ -name places.* -delete
that will find and delete your browsing history (where you’ve been)
now type: find isolation/ -name cookies.* -delete
you guessed it, that will clear out all the cookies.
If I have the time I may write a quick Activity that will flush the cookies and the Browsing history, If I get really clever with it it might even be able to remove all of the “Browse Activity”s from the journal. But at least you have this for now.
If you are worried about Browsing privacy on the XO you might also want to check out my post on Privoxy on the XO
Happy and safe computing
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