Waterfox is a browser which is focused on privacy and boasting “No Telemetry”. It has been sold to Marketing / Tracking company System1 who also own Startpage. History has shown the abuse carried out by marketing companies when they have a high level of access to users browsing habits (see sources). Startpage is also exhibiting signs of showing excessive data collection.
Any of you esteemed readers using the Firefox spin-off Waterfox? It was always deemed to be more secure and even more privacy protecting and Orca was using it on and off, mostly diverting back to Firefox for convenience reasons. And now it looks like that was a reasonable decision … by accident, but in hindsight very reasonable. Since Waterfox is now officially not just in bed with the enemy – they are part of the enemy, its most blunt and brutal weapon. 😦
So guys, deinstall your Waterfoxes (and get rid of Ghostery and your Startpage search engine while you’re at it), stay on Firefox and just care about your browsing habits. Maybe, if you are mentally strong enough, stop buying shit from Amazon and other mail order companies, don’t open just any email that dropped in your inbox and don’t click on any other link you find on the interwebz!
If you’re already on Linux, activate the easypeasy firewall or trust in the firewall as provided by your ISP, or, yes, trust in Linux’ astonishing self-defense capabilities. If you’re still on Windows … why???