Originally Posted by Wild Oscar
I seem to remember someone in the past recommending using the 'User Agent Switcher' add-on in Firefox to fool 'Phorm' into thinking you are using Safari as your browser, which in effect, stops it in it's tracks!!
Is this a good idea as another line of defence .. or not .. can anyone clarify? .. TIA
From memory it was more a fluke that Safari that didn't work well with Phorm, rather than a means of stopping Phorm in its tracks. If Phorm can find a way to exploit Safari too, you can be sure they will.
As a line of defence? Its about as much use as Dephormation is. (Ie, almost nil). It assumes the honesty of Phorm, doesn't protect non-Safari apps, and doesn't stop Phorm changing their code.
The only effective defence against Phorm is moving to a Phorm free ISP. Which is a lot easier than you might think (clear here for tips
Opt in/out, switching user agents, its all irrelevant if ICO won't prosecute BT/Phorm for ignoring your consent, or breaking the law.
And, of course, it remains illegal to intercept your web surfing traffic anyway... Offences against RIPA and Copright amongst a long long list of others.
Switching is very easy. If you're stuck for a recommendation I can recommend Aquiss without a moments hesitation.