Privacy warning: Akregator / Konqueror do not effectively block ads/trackers
I bet you may be aware of that it is not that wise to use Konqueror as a
webbrowser these days, but here is another reason not to – and it also
applies to the internal browser in Akregator:
Despite proxy settings pointing to Privoxy, as well as Easylist+Easylist
Privacy, Easylist Germany, Fanboy List and quite some other lists enabled in
the ad blocker settings according to https://panopticlick.eff.org/ neither
Konqueror 17.08 nor Akregator 17.08 effectively block trackers.
I brought and I will be bringing this up with upstream as well:
Bug 387549 - According to panopticlick 3.0 test does not protect against
Bug 387550 - According to panopticlick 3.0 test does not protect against
By all means, I suggest avoiding using the internal webbrowser of Akregator
and Konqueror for any sites that track, only sites like bugs.debian.org or
bugs.kde.org and so… are still fine to use. I may switch to Firefox for RSS
I understand that this could be a hard to fix issue. The browser issue. But it
is important to address. And upstream recognized it by choosing privacy as
default as a goal.
I think it would be best to adopt the technology behind uBlock Origin. It just
does its job.