Oxymoron: 2 words that conflict with each other (ex. jumbo shrimp, fresh frozen, modern history, live recording, online privacy)
Don’t you hate to see ads that pop up with images of places you just visited? For instance, by visiting Overstock.com or Coldwatercreek.com and looking at sweaters, I am sure to see that same sweater on another page that I am reading. Why is that you ask? It’s because tracking cookies have been attached to your clicking activities.
Cookies are on every page you visit and they track your clicks and follow you as you surf along.
Been to Travelocity to check out plane fares to Orlando? If so, you’ll soon see a rash of Google ads on the right side of your screen for Orlando hotels, restaurants and adventures.
These cookies track your behavior and collect the data and other companies pay to see your activity.
I found a tool, called Ghostery that tracks the trackers and allows you to see each tracker on every page you visit. You can view the site that is tracking you and see what they are looking for, check out their privacy policies, opt off their list and block companies you don’t trust.
And it’s free.
This tool is a Firefox add in and will show you the tracking websites as a small bubble on the top right hand corner of the page. It’s a neat tool, in the background and very effective.
Another quick trick: unplug your modem for 1-2 minutes. When you plug it back in, the IP address will change and your trackers will have lost their scent.
What works for you?
- Top 4 Firefox Privacy and Security Add-Ons (linearfix.wordpress.com)
- Configure Firefox To Delete All Cookies On Exit But Select Ones (ghacks.net)
- Disable third-party cookies in IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome (news.cnet.com)
- The Ultimate Guide To Online Privacy (downes.ca)
- Digital footprint update: FTC online privacy settlement (jennstrathman.com)