[PET] FireGloves - please test it

Ivan Szekely szekelyi at ceu.hu
Sat Apr 7 20:51:34 BST 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks to all who tested the new cross-browser fingerprinting method at www.pet-portal.eu developed by my young colleagues at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics ( http://fingerprint.pet-portal.eu/?lang=en ). Also thanks to those who sent feedback and bug reports, thereby contributing to making the test better and more robust.

Last week we made the test public at a press conference and we also introduced an "anti-fingerprinting" method, FireGloves, developed by a student of ours. FireGloves is a Firefox extension, which sends random (or pre-defined) values about the browser and other components of the user's system, can disable font detection and other services, without reducing the browsing experience.

Please test FireGloves at http://fingerprint.pet-portal.eu/?menu=6 or directly from the main menu of the PET Portal.

Thank you for your feedback in advance.


Ivan Szekely

OSA Archivum
(Open Society Archives 
at Central European University)
1051 Budapest, Arany Janos u. 32.
Tel.: +36 1 327-3250
Fax: +36 1 327-3260
e-mail: szekelyi at ceu.hu

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