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Verizon to allow opt-outs of dubious perma-cookie program, but isn't giving up

Ian Paul | Feb. 3, 2015
Verizon is rethinking how it tampers with user web traffic just as the U.S. Senate starts asking questions.

Protect yourself
Although you can't opt-out of the UIDH program just yet, there are ways to defeat the program. The first way is to stick with Wi-Fi and not Verizon's mobile network whenever possible. When you do need to use the wireless network, ensure that all web traffic is sent using SSL/TLS (HTTPS). Verizon cannot add a UIDH to traffic that is already encrypted. Connecting to the Internet through a virtual private network (VPN) can also defeat the UIDH practice.

Once the opt-out program is active you can test to see if your device still has a UIDH by visiting

[via The New York Times]


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