This project is a proof of concept that any website can identify and track you, even if you are using private browsing or incognito mode in your web browser. Many people think that they can hide their identity if they are using private browsing or incognito mode. This project will prove that they are wrong.
How to use the website
- Visit http://www.nothingprivate.ml and enter your name
- Click the "See the magic" button
- Visit the same website in Private browsing / Incognito mode
- See the magic
Don't scroll down and ruin the fun... Just follow the steps above...
Hope you are surprised!
Yes, nothing is free...
How to stay safe?
One way to reduce the likelyhood of browser fingerprinting by using some of the browsers listed in the list of browsers implementing countermeasures curated by the community.
Browser fingerprinting is just an example of several ways that can be used to track your identity. For some others visit Freecodecamp blog. Here's a picture from the blog that explains the current situation:
- Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use: You may already know about Google analytics if you are a web developer. In order to develop such a sophisticated tool, they need a lots of workforce. Why are they giving it away for free?. You are paying them with your and your user's data. You can easily switch to some open source alternatives like Matomo, but none of the self hosted alternatives provide availability and features as the google analytics. BuiltWith says that 69.5 percent of Quantcast’s Top 10,000 sites (based on traffic) are using Google Analytics and 54.6 percent of the top million websites that it tracks.
- Google fails to quash Incognito mode user tracking, privacy lawsuit: Google has failed to have a proposed class-action lawsuit quashed that alleges the company violated user privacy by collecting data in Incognito browser modes.
Some tech stuff
Nothing Private uses the browser fingerprinting feature of Client.js to obtain the fingerprint of your web browser. When you submit the form, this fingerprint is saved, along with your name in a MySQL database using PHP as a backend. The next time you visit the website your browser fingerprint is matched with the column in the database and your name is returned.
The current data points used for generating fingerprints are:
user agent, screen print, color depth, current resolution, available resolution, device XDPI, device YDPI, plugin list, font list, local storage, session storage, timezone, language, system language, cookies, canvas print
- Client.js Browser fingerprinting
- MySQL Database
- HTML & CSS
- Karma and Jasmine for unit testing
- Cypress for integration testing
Feel free to modify the code and open any pull requests. Also, be sure to read through the Contributing Guidelines
- Add more news article links
- Fix any typos
You can run nothing private locally via docker using the commands below:
git clone email@example.com:gautamkrishnar/nothing-private.git cd nothing-private docker-compose up -d # use --build to update image if you do 'git pull'
Hall of Fame
- Special thanks to KwestiaB, Gordon Shieh and several others for reporting the expiry of nothingprivate.ml domain #128. You guys literally saved the whole project by preventing the missuse of the domain.
Special thanks to these rockstars:
Thanks to the 300K
Thanks to IssueHunt for sponsoring this project:
- Red Hat for the Openshift Pro plan sponsorship:
- BrowserStack for browser testing sponsorship:
- Sentry for error monitoring sponsorship:
- JetBrains for sponsoring the Open Source License to my favourite IDE WebStorm:
- 33giga.com.br for the blog post.
- Thanks to everyone who tweeted about this.
- Thanks to TechCycle for this demo video.
- Thanks to the @Mozilla community for discussing privacy issues. Some users even reported that nothing private is even working correctly with the latest version of Firefox Focus. They created an issue for it.
If you are having trouble using this project, please open a new issue and describe your problem.
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