Will my fingerprint break if I physically disconnected and threw the audio speakers out of my laptop? Will it make me more easily recognizable with fingerprint technology? If I don’t visit any personal ones (social networks / etc) from my work laptop and only do work on it that is not associated with me in any way, can fingerprinting pose any danger to me?
I don’t know if it’s fingerprintable to remove the sound card if that is even possible nowadays. That entirely depends on Tor Browser.
How the Web Audio API is used for audio fingerprinting
But Tor Browser seems to have that “mostly” under control, for details see:
Browser Tests - Whonix chapter
Fingerprint.com in Whonix wiki
However, there’s a much worse risk and a dated existing recommendation in the wiki. Quote: System Hardening Checklist chapter Disabling and Minimizing Hardware Risks in Whonix wiki:
Since speakers (all audio output devices) can be turned into microphones, if possible, physically remove speakers on the host and remove/disable the beeper.
Also unspecific to Whonix. The same question could be directed at The Tor Browser Bundle.
Do you think fingerprinting is dangerous for me if I use my laptop only for work purposes? I don’t go to my social networks and have nothing to do with my real identity. How, then, can fingerprinting compromise me? Yes, the attacker will know a little more, but they still don’t have access to my identity. Am I wrong?