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ChipMaster's Black Lists

These are provided simply for the curious. I'm actively using these
lists to block traffic I don't want happening. I'm very militant
about traffic on my network. I don't want my computers doing anything
I didn't ask it to do. So I block for the following reasons:

1. I find a program reaching out across the net when there is no visual
reason for them to do so. This could be any number of things
like: update servers, feature use tracking, DRM tracking, ...

2. Website advertisers: IMO these are particularly nasty. Its not
that I necessarily have anything against a site funding itself
with ads. Although some sites are rude in how they place them or
they perform rude, malware like actions. But the **REAL** risk,
as far as I'm concerned, is that many cyber-thugs use ad services
to distribute malware. Unfortunately the ad services don't seem
to have any interest in vetting their scuzz.

3. Some host names are specifically used for tracking, like "g00gle
analytics". I have nothing against a site owner wanting to know
how their site is being used. All of us, with websites, want to
know how popular the site is and specifically which pages are the
most viewed and common occurring browse patterns, to tell us how
we may be able to better our sites. But off-site trackers slow
down my browsing experience and someone as massive as g00gle can
aggregate this with a lot of other data sources to learn and sell
waaay too much about me.

4. I want to deliberately block updates. Although as a Linux user
that's not usually my concern. But I do it for clients to prevent
M$ and others from breaking stuff. I also do it so I won't be
constantly hounded by "I can't update" or "there is a new
version" messages.

5. Unknown traffic being generated by device X, like Android
devices. What on earth are they busy chattering about? That's
malware like activity. Or maybe its **real** malware activity?

6. Some location was causing me to _wait_. Common examples are the
"like" buttons for major social networks. The off-site hosted
code is either large, on a slow server or behaving in suspicious
manner like taking too much CPU power. I've had some of those
literally lock a machine up until I kill them. If nothing else
this is extremely poor coding but it could be worse.

7. I just don't know what its for and I notice nothing wrong when I
block it. :-D

8. Something in its behavior alerts me to potential danger.

And there are other reasons something might tweak me funny and I say,
"That's enough of that."

All of that to say that the things I'm blocking might not actually be
_bad_ but they annoy me for one reason or another and it may just be
a philosophical disagreement on my part. But think about the enormous
amount of browsing information that can be accumulated by g00gle
simply hosting popular JavaScript libraries and then linking that to
your g00gle login...

Use any of this at your own peril.

- ChipMaster

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# ChipMaster's DNS (/etc/hosts) Black List
# Written by Jonathan A. Foster <>
# Started April 24th, 2021
# To block these just paste them into "/etc/hosts". The oddball IP
# address is so its to see that I blocked the host name. Being a
# local address means it fails quickly. One could even setup a local
# web server on this address for way more fun! I serve this list to
# my whole network with "dnsmasq". If you are running IPv6 You will
# Need to dupe the list with IPv6 local addresses like ::1.
# Kindle?
# Not sure what this host is used for.

# Some sites break without these
# Even though I don't use seems they CDN stuff from here.
# CNAME points here
# Do I want to Block?