Posts Tagged ‘tracking’

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.


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.


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.


How to Configure Adblock Plus’ Malware, Social Media Button and Tracking Blocking

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Almost everyone knows that Adblock can help eliminate ads from the web pages you visit … but it can also do more.

Adblock Plus is without doubt one of the most popular ad blocking tools on today’s Internet. It is available for browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, as well as mobile devices and does a solid job at getting rid of many of the ads that you are exposed to normally on the Internet.


Find Out What Websites Know About You

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Here’s an interesting tool for those of us who are concerned about privacy …

Every time you connect to a server on the Internet, you automatically submit information to the server that may be used to for a variety of purposes. From creating a unique identifier and other tracking related activities, to malicious uses. The majority of websites are ignoring most of the information that are submitted automatically when the connection is established, others may use technical information like the screen resolution or web browser used to optimize contents for each connecting user.


Privacy Initiative to Release Three Internet Explorer 9 Tracking Protection Lists

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

If this actually works the way that it’s supposed to work, it could be an incredibly helpful tool for those of us who are concerned about online privacy …

One of the new features that Microsoft introduced in their Internet Explorer 9 browser was support for so called Tracking Protection Lists. These lists can be installed in the browser to add protection against tracking, and as a side effect many forms of advertisement. A list of common TPLs is available at the Internet Explorer Test Drive website where they can be installed with just two clicks of the mouse.


Don’t Want to be Tracked Online? Use TrackerBlock

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

If you’re bugged by web sites who constantly try to sell you stuff based on the other sites that you visit, you might want to check this out:

Most Internet users do not know that every step they make on the Internet is likely tracked by one or multiple companies. Tracking can be loosely divided into a first party and third party group. First party tracking is usually connected to the generation of visitor statistics, and less about the individual user. Third party tracking on the other hand can often be linked to advertising companies who either use the information directly for advertisement or sell user profiles to other organizations and companies.


SurfControl – Time Track Web Usage in Firefox

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Just in case you don’t already feel guilty enough about spending too much time online, here’s a Firefox add-on that should help you feel even guiltier …

If you had to write down how much time you spend on the Internet in the past week, could you do that? And would you also be able to list the top 5 sites that you’d consider productive, and the top 5 time wasters in that time? To top that, would you be able to come up with a ratio of productive and unproductive sites that you visited in the past week or even in the past 30 days?


Telecommunications Data Retention – What It May Reveal About You

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Just in case you don’t have enough to worry about already …

Ever wanted to know what government agencies can find out about you thanks to telecommunications Data Retention laws?


Microsoft Introduces Internet Explorer 9 Tracking Protection

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

If this actually works, it’s a great idea … in fact, it’s great enough to make IE my preferred browser again.

Consumer Privacy made it in the news big time recently in the United States with the FTC’s (Federal Trade Commission) report on online consumer privacy. Microsoft, secretly until now, has been working on a feature called Tracking Protection for some time that they plan to ship with the release candidate and final version of the Internet browser Internet Explorer 9. What are the main features of tracking protection according to Microsoft?