Warm greetings to all the wonderful maintainers,|
I am sorry to report that, with the latest Iceweasel (31.3.0) update came something I did NOT want:-
This version is constantly loading two google cookies - google.com google.com.au (country specific). If you go into Edit -> Preferences -> Privacy -> Show Cookies and try to delete these unwanted (in my case) cookies, they will re-appear in seconds and have to be deleted again, and again .... ad nauseum.
I have tested this at length using a blank (new tab) in Iceweasel and leaving this open, while watching the 'Activity' and 'Received' counters on Firestarter increment while nothing else is accessing the internet. The only 'Active connections' listed in Firestarter are to 'Program' = iceweasel and are consistently 'Destination' address 74.125.237.xxx and using port 443 - HTTPS.
This 'bandwidth theft' happens at a rate of nearly 5Mbyte (4.9MByte) per 10 minute period or about 30MByte per hour, while Iceweasel is doing nothing - at a blank new tab. This would equate to an overhead of approximately seven percent of my total allocation. While this may not seem much, when you are on a fixed income, every bit (pun intended) counts.
This does not happen with Epiphany or Konquerer.
Using http://www.pagesinventory.com/ to look up this IP range I find that there is a substantial block of addresses from approx. 188.8.131.52 up to about 200 (and beyond?) that is registered to itwa.net. When I try to find out about itwa.net by accessing their web page through a browser, there is nothing out there - blank page.
I then used Firestarter's configuration files /etc/firestarter/outbound/deny-to and /etc/firestarter/outbound/deny-from to block / deny access to 184.108.40.206/27 and 220.127.116.11/27 (block of 60 addresses from xxx.136 to xxx.197). I found that this stopped this on-going wastage of my bandwidth, but this also effectively cut off ALL access to many sites that use embedded google maps to show where their various business premises are located, when I wish to try to conduct business with them. I also found that I could no longer access any instructional / educational / current affairs videos on youtube. It was this that alerted me to the fact that google must be using these addresses - since google owns youtube and google maps.
I have long distrusted google and for this reason google is my search engine of VERY LAST RESORT!!! I do not wish to contract with them in any form or manner and I do not consent to any of their presence on any of my IT resources. It is for this reason, that I have Iceweasel Edit -> Preferences -> Privacy -> Accept cookies from sites -> Always -> Keep Until -> I close Iceweasel set, so as to clear out these un-wanted cookies.
I use Linux (more especially Debian - 'The Ethical Linux'), so that I may have SOME control over my own IT resources. So when I am forced to have cookies I do not want and have my bandwidth stolen, even when I am running The Ethical Linux, I get very annoyed. II feel that someone has slipped us something sick and wrong into this wonderful 'brew' that is 'Debian - The Ethical Linux'.
This is 'theft' of bandwidth for which I PAY, which is for my exclusive use only - NOT some snooping, mongrel, NSA lapdog with way too much money. Not only is this theft but it is also done under subterfuge by using an unrelated domain name - itwa.net.
"A system can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive "treason" from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. The "traitor" moves amongst those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself, for the "traitor" appears not a "traitor". He speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a system, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of its nations, he infects the body politics so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. Beware, beware, beware..." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero 42 B.C
I look forward to this issue being fixed.
Thanking you in anticipation
Kind regards and best wishes again to the maintainers for their efforts with Linux and Freedom of Choice.