Posts Tagged ‘cookies’

Chromodo Browser has Serious Security Issues

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

It’s faster than Chrome and more private than Chrome, but apparently Chromodo also has substantial security problems.

Comodo’s Internet web browser Chromodo, based on Chromium, has significant security issues according to a Google Security Research report that puts its users at risk while using it. When Google launched its Chrome web browser years ago, several third-party companies created their own version of the browser by modifying specific settings of it that would improve user privacy.

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Oscobo – A New Privacy Focused Search Engine

Friday, January 15th, 2016

If you’re tired of being bombarded with ads for everything you’ve recently searched for, you might want to give Oscobo a try.

Ever since the Snowden relevations, privacy search engines and privacy in general has been a boom on the Internet. Search engines focused on privacy have seen a rise in daily searches. While they are still nowhere near popular as Google Search or Bing, the two main search services in most parts of the world, they have shown that there is a market for these kind of services.

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How to Deal with Cookie Notices on Websites Automatically

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Cookie notices aren’t an issue for internet users in the United States, but European internet users might find this tip helpful.

Cookie use notifications on websites is a very annoying thing on the Internet for a number of reasons. These notifications are displayed on many websites to citizens from the European Union and state, basically, that the site they are visiting is using cookies. Designed to inform citizens about cookie use on sites they visit, these messages become annoying quickly.

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How to Clear Site-Specific Cookies in Google Chrome Quickly

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Here are a couple of shortcuts that can be used to clear cookies in less time than it takes using the Cookies Settings page …

It may sometimes be necessary to clear site-specific cookies. Maybe because you are a web developer and need to test a service, want to remove cookies after you are done visiting a website, or want to clear cookies to find out if they have been the cause for issues you have experienced in the past. Most Chrome users are probably using the Cookies settings page to remove cookies for individual sites in the browser.

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Why You Should Delete Cookies Before Signing in to Google or Facebook

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Just in case you don’t have enough privacy and security issues to worry about already …

Whenever you use Google or Facebook without being logged in to an account, a cookie is saved to the local system. It is anonymous at this point in time even though it reveals information about your browsing habits to the company that set it. Google for instance knows that you have searched for this and that but cannot link the information to you as a person.  The company even states that it uses anonymous identifiers in its privacy policy.

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This is Firefox’s New Privacy Button

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Although there’s nothing really “new” about what the Privacy Button does (clearing history, cookies and etc.,) this feature will definitely come in handy for less experienced users, who haven’t had the time to familiarize themselves with Firefox’s previously existing privacy features

Firefox is probably the number one browser when it comes to putting users in charge. It is for instance possible to customize the user interface to your liking or disable or change most features that you don’t like. Firefox turns 10 years in November 2014 and Mozilla plans to celebrate that in several ways.

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Find Out How Many Cookies Internet Sites Save to Your System

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Like the article says, cookies aren’t necessarily bad … but it’s still kind of interesting to see how many cookies some sites save to your system.

A cookie is a little snippet of data that websites can save to systems of users connecting to them. While web browsers ship with options to block cookies by default or prompt users for action, the default way of handling cookies is to allow them to be saved automatically. Cookies are not necessarily bad as they can be used for a variety of legitimate purposes such as saving the logged in state of a user or site preferences without account.

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How Google is Tracking You … and How to Avoid It

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This explains why your Facebook page suddenly becomes clogged with ads for vacuum cleaners every time you Google the phrase “vacuum cleaner” … but I’m not quite convinced that there’s very much we can do to change that phenomenon.

Tracking is an essential part of online advertising. The more advertising companies know about users who visit web pages and services they display ads on, the better targeted advertisements can be displayed to those users. When it comes to tracking, Google is without doubt the uncrowned king of it based on the popularity of some of its services and the sheer number of other services that are widely used.

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How to Make Sure that ETags are not Used to Track You on the Internet

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Just when we’d figured out how to avoid being tracked by cookies, along comes a new privacy problem: Etags.

While cookies are still being used widely to track users on the Internet, recent privacy-related developments have forced marketers and companies to experiment with different means of tracking users on the Internet. One method that has been in use for at least several years uses so called ETags to track users. ETag, which stands for Entity Tag, is a HTTP response header that is primarily being used for caching.

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At Least 1% of the Top 10000 Websites Use Fingerprinting to Track Users

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

One percent isn’t so bad … but as browsers get better and better at discouraging other tracking methods, count on that one percent to grow ..

Computer users are exposed to a variety of tracking technologies when they browse the Internet. From traditional third party tracking cookies to local storage, Flash cookies and fingerprinting. Companies that develop browsers aim to reduce the tracking their users are exposed to on the Internet, for instance by implementing Do Not Track options or changing the way third party cookies are handled.

While that takes care of some forms of tracking, it does not touch others.

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