Posts Tagged ‘third party cookies’

What Websites Know About You and How to Protect Yourself

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Here are a few more tips for those who are concerned about online privacy …

This is the second part of a mini series about privacy on the Internet. Check out the first part about IP addresses here. Whenever you connect to a website using a web browser, mobile application or program that supports Internet connections, information are automatically made available to those sites.

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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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Google Chrome a Potential Target for Google’s Post-Cookies Plan

Friday, September 20th, 2013

It will be interesting to see how this works out. Depending on what Google does, it sounds like there’s a chance that internet users will have even less privacy in the future.

The most common way of tracking users on the Internet is through the use of cookies. These little data snippets are saved to user systems as soon as a website is visited. What makes cookies special is that third party scripts that run on websites can set cookies and read cookies they have set previously. This is a tracker’s dream come true, especially if your script is used on a lot of websites on the Internet.

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Firefox’s New Third Party Cookie Handling Lands in Nightly

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

This sounds like a step in the right direction, but it also seems like they could have gone farther in order to better protect user privacy …

The Internet would not be the same without cookies. These little text snippets are used for a variety of purposes, most notable to store session information but also for preferences and other data that the site operators want their users to make use of across sessions. There is a dark side as well and it is firmly linked to the advertising and marketing world. Cookies are used to track users across websites they visit.

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Mozilla Changes Firefox’s Cookie Policy, Improves User Privacy

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

This will frustrate sites that harvest data on user browsing habits for a while … but they’ll probably figure out a way around it within a month or two.

Many browser developers have added various features and options to their web browsers to improve the privacy of users on the Internet. All include a private browsing mode for instance now which users can make use of to prevent the saving of session related data on the computer system they are using. Companies have also pushed forward the Do Not Track feature which tells websites that users do not want to be tracked. Do Not Track is not a mandatory feature though and it is up to each individually website and company to either comply with the request or ignore it.

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Disable Major Third Party Tracking Services with Disconnect for Chrome

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

If you’re concerned about privacy, then this is a pretty useful add-on for Chrome …

Facebook Blocker which I reviewed yesterday made sure that some Facebook scripts cannot be executed on third party websites. That’s helpful among other things to disable tracking by the popular social networking site. The problem with the extension? It only covers Facebook when there are hundreds of other companies and services that do the same.

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