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#1 Re: Privacy News, Privacy Violations, Privacy Discussions » is this true? » 2015-11-29 15:21:48

Has Epic development ceased? If you have no revenue, it's relatively easy to speculate that you won't be able to continue supporting development. I note that there are no recent posts on the user forum, and I note that, at least on my Mac, I can no longer browse anywhere that's not in my own cache (a message appears saying that the site has an invalid proxy).

Alok, if this gets to you, I'd be grateful for a reply, because I've been using the Epic browser for about a year. I did just discover the 2014 "Business Insider" article that discusses how Google refused to grant you an exemption to their "no masked IP addresses" rule (I'm not sophisticated enough to know whether their public reasoning is accurate).

#2 Re: Privacy News, Privacy Violations, Privacy Discussions » is this true? » 2015-11-29 15:17:10

alok wrote:

Wow, that person has some personal issues it seems and very strong opinions about us.

One basic idea that person is trying to get across that it's not possible to be completely private is true -- neither we nor anyone not even TOR can claim that.  That doesn't mean you don't try or give up.  There are many fingerprinting techniques but it so happens that canvas fingerprinting is the most prevalent one used commercially to track users, so it's the key one to block. 

We need to update the FAQ, spotflux no longer powers our proxy and hasn't for quite sometime.  They also never collected nor sold any personal data.

We have never sold any personal privacy information ever.  In fact, we cut off all our revenues rather than release users' personal information to Google.  So that is a complete lie and making such false claims is illegal -- we may try to hold that anonymous commentator responsible if we can figure out who it is.

#3 Epic Privacy Browser - Other Feature Requests & Ideas » Printing from Epic » 2014-08-03 12:42:14

jimrobertson
Replies: 2

A month or so ago, I discovered that some html docments that I'd received as email in Mac OS X "Mavericks" email, when "printed to PDF" (an option not available in Windows Outlook) would actually split characters at the bottom margin of a page and display the lower half of those characters at the top of the next page in the PDF (on screen or when printed).

One suggestion given to me was to bypass Apple's "Quartz" rendering engine by attempting to view the material in Chrome and print it or convert it to PDF from there. Based on my assumption that "Epic is Chrome with likely security holes left out" I tried to do this in Epic, but could not. A correspondent said he COULD in Google's Chrome, so I downloaded Chrome and discovered that Chrome has a native print engine in addition to Apple's.

Is there some reason that the Google Chrome print engine is not part of the Epic browser?

Thanks so much,
Jim Robertson

#4 Re: Epic Privacy Browser - Privacy Features & Privacy Concerns » URL address bar worrisome autocomplete suggestions » 2014-06-05 13:56:43

Thanks so much!

May I ask who compiles this database? Is it loaded along with the initial install? Does it grow over time? Does it archive sites I've visited (which would defeat its privacy purpose, I think)?

#5 Epic Privacy Browser - Privacy Features & Privacy Concerns » URL address bar worrisome autocomplete suggestions » 2014-06-04 15:33:48

jimrobertson
Replies: 8

If the Epic Privacy Browser deletes history every time I quit from it (I'm on the latest Mac release), why is it that right after I launch the app, typing in "pass" in the URL entry window autocompletes to <passport.webmoney.ru>.

I've never visited that site (assuming it exists). I'm leery of anything from a .ru domain extension (that's where a great deal of my email spam originates).

Even if i manually clear my browsing history, the same autocomplete suggestion persists!

Thanks so much.

#6 Re: Epic Mac Bugs » URL at PCWorld.com reachable from Safari, not from Epic » 2014-06-02 14:22:51

jimrobertson wrote:

Subject says it all.

Safari loads this page quite slowly, while Epic presents a dialog instantly stating that the page cannot be loaded:


<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2304851/ … -data.html>

Any obvious reason for this?

Thanks so much,
Jim

A little additional information. The page at the above URL remains unavailable. Clicking on many other links at the macworld website, I'm offered a contextual menu, and if I choose to display links in a new tab, that works (just not for the story regarding the apparent demise of TruCrypt.

Any ideas?

#7 Epic Mac Bugs » URL at PCWorld.com reachable from Safari, not from Epic » 2014-06-01 14:54:28

jimrobertson
Replies: 3

Subject says it all.

Safari loads this page quite slowly, while Epic presents a dialog instantly stating that the page cannot be loaded:


<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2304851/ … -data.html>

Any obvious reason for this?

Thanks so much,
Jim

#8 Epic Privacy Browser - Privacy Features & Privacy Concerns » Java Engine? 32-bit vs. 64-bit? » 2014-05-25 13:07:49

jimrobertson
Replies: 0

Two questions, actually:

1. I'm well aware that the Java engine is considered dangerous by many, but it's also the method used by many large healthcare enterprises to create a cross-platform user environment.

2. If I navigate to one of those websites (each of which is SSL even before any attempt to load the Java Engine (the HIPAA statute sets the bar pretty high for these enterprise vendors), I'm told that the browser won't load it because Java works only in a 64-bit environment, and that Chrome is 32-bit only.

Is there a possibility that these obstacles can be overcome?

Thanks, so much

#9 Re: Epic Privacy Browser - Help & Troubleshooting » Need very basic help with proxy setting and extensions » 2014-05-22 03:35:27

Thanks so much for the clarifications. By the way, I did watch the video of your presentation. Your point about uncontrolled surveillance almost always leading to abuse of the information gathered thereby certainly is confirmed by the disingenuous responses of the US Government administration to the revelation that the NSA hacked Angela Merkel's personal cell phone (our president's pledge that we won't hack foreign official's devices seeming to forget that there's a past tense to the verb "to hack."

Two days ago on KCBS Radio's Forum call in show, an administration official attempted to trumpet righteous indignation about the "illegal and unacceptable" hacking done by Chinese military officers of US commercial ventures. Seemingly it's OK for NSA operatives to snoop on their girlfriends and ordinary Americans, but it's a "mortal sin" (I don't know if there's an equivalent calibre of offense in India) to do something that might threaten the riches of an American multibillionaire). As you said, a truly free society MUST respect the privacy of its citizens!

#10 Epic Privacy Browser - Help & Troubleshooting » Need very basic help with proxy setting and extensions » 2014-05-21 13:43:11

jimrobertson
Replies: 3

I've just downloaded Epic within the past day and installed it on my Mac, which runs fully updated OS 10.9.3. When I tried to register to post on the help forum, each email address I tried was rejected because it "registered as spam." However, once I toggled the proxy off, I had no difficulty registering. Is it the case that activating Epic's own proxy makes it impossible to register as an Epic user? If indeed that is true, the message returned to a newbie user when he/she makes such an attempt could be a bit more helpful.

Also, do you plan to offer a user guide that teaches as well as answers questions? I'd wager that many people who'd benefit from using your browser would also profit from quite basic explanations of concepts. For example, I'm experimenting with using a commercial VPN for browsing on public SSIDs. I have no idea whether doing this is compatible with using Epic, enhances my anonymity while browsing in Epic, or is totally unnecessary BECAUSE I'm using Epic. (I think the last of these is incorrect, because some of my online activity uses other apps; e.g., my email client).

I'm also puzzled by your offering of extensions. I've read some of the forum topics that argue whether or not the browser should permit same. Addressing the risks of using the extensions you DO offer and giving real-world examples of such risks would be one of the topics the user guide might address.

My introduction to Epic came from a Mac blog (Macintouch), and my first glance at it made me think that choosing whether and how to use Epic was very simple (Epic at Starbucks (or the airport, or other public WiFi networks), Safari on my own secure networks (when I'm doing things that require proving to the sites I visit that I AM who I say I am (banking, buying things at amazon, etc.). However, I've just confirmed that I can log into my bank from Epic with "all my shields up." This puzzles me, and that's because even some of the most basic security and privacy concepts aren't clear to me. A teaching manual would be a BIG help for now users.

Thanks for listening. Any comments much appreciated.

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