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Gary Kovacs: Tracking The Trackers

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Brokor, May 30, 2012.

  1. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Gary Kovacs: Tracking the trackers | Video on TED.com

    As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you and how it affects your online life. He unveils a Firefox add-on to do just that.

    At Mozilla, the addon is called "Collusion".
    I also use "Ghostery".
    The TOR browser is another alternative.

  2. Ken_C

    Ken_C Monkey

    thanks. now using ghostery.
  3. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Why does it keep saying "Google Analytics" every time I click on a page in this forum?

    Isn't the survivalmonkey on a server in somebody's house?

    Just wondering why.
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    No the Monkey Server is in a Server Farm..... BTPosts Server is on My Partners basement, in Seattle.....
    Many of the forums on the Monkey ARE Google INDEXED, so anything you put in there will be stored, and available, FOREVER.... ......
    VisuTrac likes this.
  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yup. Forever to the CIA, but if you remove information and change your username, for instance...in time it will propagate and be gone or be under the new username.

    I posted on a different forum with this same username, been there for 10 years. Changed my username one day, it took about a week and all information was no longer indexed by searching "Brokor" + "subject".

    But anyway.
    BTPost likes this.
  6. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Thanks for the info, guys. Ghostery is pretty cool, seeing where your page loads from. I'm sure I'm not using all of it's capabilities, though.

    How do you prpoerly use and get the most out of Ghostery? It didn't come with instructions.
  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Go to your addons (Firefox tab upper left, then addons in the right drop down menu) then click on extensions. From there, click on options for Ghostery. You can block all you want, set it up how you like.
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