Ok, so here’s a thought, is Privacy Badger an extension / plugin?
On Chrome, extensions seem (at least historically) to have access to all pages in terms of reading what’s in them and (potentially) modifying them. I find this concept horrifying, not least given issues in recent years with extensions being compromised.
As a result, the browser I’m typing in has exactly zero extensions installed. I’m not inclined to trust any third party with the ability to read / write web pages I’m looking at.
I keep a “second” browser into which I install the extensions I need for development purposes, but I’m extremely pedantic about what I do in each browser. I would never for example access online banking using a browser with a third party extension installed. (but then I’d never access online banking from a Windows box, and many people do, so maybe I’m in tin-foil hat land … but still … )
One of the reasons M$ Windows has persisted has been the concept of “safety in numbers”. Whether mis-placed or not, there is something to this concept. The more people use something, the more eyes there are on it, the more chance someone will spot a problem and get it fixed before it becomes a problem for you. I kinda feel this way about browsers, there are so many people using blink based browsers, issues become visible and get reported very quickly, so at least you know what you’re dealing with. Lesser browsers, fewer users, I do wonder how many issues go unreported …
Real example; about two years ago while testing software, I inadvertently found I was able to spoof a root certificate in a browser in such a way that I could present an SSL certificate that claimed to be literally anyone, and the browser happily verified the certificate and reported the underlying site as verified. Seemed to be a fairly critical issue which I duly reported, only to be told that this was an “edge case” that they couldn’t replicate, despite being supplied with an example. Now, I won’t quote the OS (it wasn’t Linux) or the Browser, but IMO if that was a mainstream browser on Linux, it would’ve been fixed posthaste.
There is probably a discussion to be had in terms of security vs privacy that maybe some of the larger privacy advocates are trying to avoid …