Ubuntu basic privacy

Disable the Amazon / shopping suggestions

It's very annoying that there is an Amazon button in Ubuntu taking up space and wasting time everytime the mouse hovers over it.

To disable all the e-commerce distractions you can do this on the commandline

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses disabled-scopes "['more_suggestions-amazon.scope', 'more_suggestions-u1ms.scope', 'more_suggestions-populartracks.scope', 'music-musicstore.scope', 'more_suggestions-ebay.scope', 'more_suggestions-ubuntushop.scope', 'more_suggestions-skimlinks.scope']"

Disable the online search results

To avoid that Ubuntu sends your searches to Canonical switch this option OFF.

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Install Synaptic

From the commandline:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Activate the firewall

When you prefer to have a GUI:

sudo apt-get install gufw

Then you have access to the firewall and you can configure it to your needs.
You might need to log out and back in again to make active.


Prevent FireFox from giving away your privacy

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Install the HTTPS-everywhere ADD-ON: https://www.eff.org/HTTPS-everywhere

source: https://github.com/EFForg/https-everywhere


Install the Disconnect.me ADD-ON: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/disconnect/

Eventually install the no-script ADD-ON: https://noscript.net/

Track the trackers and visualise them with the LightBeam ADD-ON: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/lightbeam/

source: https://github.com/mozilla/lightbeam

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LightBeam does somewhat the same as Disconnect.me, but it has a nice visualisation of the sites that have been tracking you and how they are linked to the sites that you have visited.