Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Last Chance - Get 15% off sitewide on Slashdot Deals with coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY" (some exclusions apply)". ×

Submission + - EFF Publishes Study on Browser Fingerprinting (

Rubinstien writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation investigated the degree to which modern web browsers are susceptible to "device fingerprinting" via version and configuration information transmitted to websites. They implemented one possible algorithm, and collected from a large sample of browsers visiting their test site, . According to the PDF describing the study, browsers that supported Flash
or Java on average supplied at least 18.8 bits of identifying information, and 94.2% of those browsers were uniquely identifiable in their sample. My own browser was uniquely identifiable from both the list of plugins and available fonts, among 1,557,962 browsers tested so far.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.