forexforexforex, I greatly appreciate your detailed reply.
And thanks for the NY Times article – it addresses specifically the issues I’m complaining about.
That explanation makes sense.
I was starting to think that I had over-estimated what the Epic Privacy Browser can do for me. But, I decided to review the features and options on Epic, to see whether I’ve been missing something. Apparently I have been missing something potentially important – specifically, the feature which Epic calls One-Click Encrypted Proxy, described below, highlighted in yellow.
Here is that portion, enlarged —
I have to confess that I have never tried this feature. My bad. Maybe this feature would have concealed my identity from all those sellers of truck batteries and hiking boots. I will test this theory, and report my success or failure here.
Generally, I agree with that point of view. When we access useful content, we tolerate the advertising that accompanies that content, in lieu of having to pay a subscription fee for the access.
But, general, anonymous advertising – like the sort that you see in newspapers and magazines – is very different from the internet advertising that accesses your identity without your permission, and then follows you around, infecting every device it can associate with your identity. Okay, end of rant.
Thanks again for your comments and advice.