Wednesday, February 17, 2010 10:13 PM
Sorry Kim ...
... Kim Cameron has linked and quoted my previous post on browser identification based on its characteristics available in public. There is EFF project which focus on checking how unique Your browser is against others based on public information.
As it turned out Kim's browser has even higher score (19.29) in this test then my original score (18.73). Then higher the score is then browser is more unique, thus easier to identify as unique on web sites without my consent.
As Kim said about himself and what I can say about myself (...) It’s not that I really think of myself as super competitive (...) but I couldn't resist ;) ...
It appears that what makes my browser so unique is set of plug-ins which are installed in my browser.
It looks like that there is not a lot of people with QuickTime, iTunes and Windows Live plug-ins installed together on same machine.
As Kim summarized his post:
I have to disagree. It is already a problem. A big problem. These outcomes weren’t at all obvious in the early days of the browser. But today the writing is on the wall and needs to be addressed. It’s a matter right at the core of delivering on a trustworthy computing infrastructure. We need to evolve the world’s browsers to employ minimal disclosure, releasing only what is necessary, and never providing a fingerprint without the user’s consent.
And now I will agree on that completely ... especially that my browser is so unique.