have to give a HUGHE praise to the Tor Project!
just checked and they DO AN EXCELLENT job at keeping the user private
- the developers who constantly work to make the system better
- the thousands of volunteering admins that run tor-nodes, paying for it with their own money
- and thus keeping the user’s IP private
- but also nicely obfuscating the “browser-fingerprint” that would allows a webserver to browser-finger-print-maybe-track-the-user (every browser send’s an identification string “Hello I am Firefox on Windows” “Hello I am Safari on OSX” to the webserver, some website may ask for screen resolution = when done over multiple sites would allow identification of devices and users)
- allowing freedom of speech without fear from persecution
- with all risks that come with such a previlige (that not every citizen in every country enjoys, a small minority who enjoys it might abuse it for evil, but that’s the “free will” problem that got Adam and Eve expelled from Eden)
“Your computer thinks it is 3/10/2023 (and it is) which prevents Tor Browser from connecting securely. To visit twitter3e4tixl4xyajtrzo62zg5vztmjuricljdp2c5kshju4avyoid.onion, update your computer clock in your system settings to the current date, time, and time zone, and then refresh twitter3e4tixl4xyajtrzo62zg5vztmjuricljdp2c5kshju4avyoid.onion.”
There is nothing wrong, with the user’s computer’s clock.
What is wrong, is that nobody @ Twitter cares about an expired https certificate for their Onion service. Validity: Not After: Mon, 06 Mar 2023 07:46:46 GMT
How to “fix” (workaround) it: go into settings:
search for: onion (searchable settings are EXCELLENT 😀 EVERY PROGRAM, EVERY DESKTOP, SHOULD HAVE ‘EM EH? :D)
then browser to: https://twitter.com/
and it should load just fine.
not using twitter?
not a shame 😀 the user DOES NOT have to be signed up to twitter, in order to read it (yet).
missed on more or less reasonable content such as:
Twitter could be described as “sending a SMS to everyone”
Once send everyone can read it.
Also the text could be littered with #hashtags
which means: associate or “tag” a content with a specific #topic
So by clicking for example on the #hashtag #foss, a lot of posts associated with this topic SHOULD show up.
But except from text, it is possible to upload pictures (multiple per post) and videos of varying length:
- “Subscribers can upload videos up to 60 minutes long (1080p)”
- “Subscribers can upload videos up to 10 minutes long on iOS and Android”
- “If you aren’t a Twitter Blue subscriber, you can still upload videos up to 4 minutes in length on any platform.” (src)
While a SMS has maximum of 160 chars allowed, Twitter came up with a “2x SMS” 280 limit, to keep the news as short and compact as possible.
But here again, some users seem to be “more equal” than others: “character limit for subscribers in the U.S. is now 4,000 – more than 14 times the existing 280-character limit, which remains in place for all non-subscribers and Twitter Blue users outside of the United States” (src)
more private Twitter-alternatives:
there is mastodon (decentralized, a bit slow), Diaspora (also decentralized pretty slow).
DO NOT SIGNUP WITH TWITTER!
they will not allow to post anything, without sms validated phone number!
or the user’s data might end up in the public:
Not using Tor Browser Bundle? Time to fix that!
“The Tor Project says it’s contacted Twitter about renewing the site’s certificate” (but they are short in staff and nobody cares, because it will not boost their profits? So much for free speech… can someone escalate this to Mr Musk himself? :D)
…can still visit Twitter.com via a browser running Tor, but you won’t get the added benefits a Tor-specific onion site confers.
“lets users get around government censorship efforts like those of Russia and China”
benefits of an onion service:
- The first benefits are authenticity and availability: if you are running Tor Browser and if you click/type in exactly the proper Onion address, you are guaranteed to be connected to what you expect — or not at all.
- national web blocks
- SNI filters
- DNS censorship and tracking (both upon the client side, and that potentially impacting exit nodes)
- a lot of fundamental cookie-tracking and digital-fingerprinting issues
- an onion address is a promise and a mechanism to assure that you are taking seriously the needs of the people who use TorRather than, for instance, dropping an endless series of IP-reputation-based CAPTCHAs onto them.
Details of the Cert:
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