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Gary Kovacs: Tracking the trackers (Firefox Collusion Add On See Who's Tracking You) Video
Ted Talks ^ | 6/6/2012 | Ted Talks

Posted on 06/06/2012 2:57:40 PM PDT by Dallas59

Just installed.....interesting. FR doesn't share. Nobody tracking. Only when clicking a link.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: addon; firefox; internet; tracking

1 posted on 06/06/2012 2:57:53 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

Went to Obama.com.....Washington Times is tracking me...;-)


2 posted on 06/06/2012 2:59:32 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

3 posted on 06/06/2012 3:02:05 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Dallas59

You can see and disable trackers on any website with Ghostery for Firefox. You’d be amazed how many some websites use.


4 posted on 06/06/2012 3:02:25 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Dallas59
When I went to Obama.com...


5 posted on 06/06/2012 3:03:20 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

Stay away from blogs.

They’ll track you, jack you and whack you.


6 posted on 06/06/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Doogle
They're watching me...


7 posted on 06/06/2012 3:08:25 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Windflier

Ghostery is the best! I have it for both Safari and Firefox. It is just amazing to see how long the list of trackers can be.


8 posted on 06/06/2012 3:11:39 PM PDT by SeaDragon ("Life is tough ..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne)
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To: Dallas59

I use Do Not Track Plus for FF and IE.

http://abine.com/dntdetail.php


9 posted on 06/06/2012 3:17:17 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SeaDragon
It is just amazing to see how long the list of trackers can be.

I'll say. I've seen some websites that have over twenty activated.

Good thing about Ghostery is, once you've disabled a particular tracking program, it's disabled for any website that employs it.

I've disabled so many now, that it's rare for me to check a website and find one that I haven't already blocked. Great tool, and simple to use.

10 posted on 06/06/2012 3:21:37 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: humblegunner
Stay away from blogs. They’ll track you, jack you and whack you.

Blogs typically use far fewer trackers than commercial websites. I've been using the Ghostery tool (which shows them and allows you to block them) for about six months now, and have found that to be the case.

I usually don't block any site's hit counter, but everything else is fair game. I don't want anyone following me around.

11 posted on 06/06/2012 3:26:18 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Dallas59

Ping for later


12 posted on 06/06/2012 3:39:18 PM PDT by TheRobb7 (Remember, JimRob called a truce....not a surrender.)
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To: Windflier

I use Ghostery and Firefox. Ghostery is very effective. The only tracker I generally see on FR is Google Analytics. click to go to a news site and the number jumps to a dozen and more.


13 posted on 06/06/2012 3:44:34 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Dallas59

I get Google Analytics only with FR. Most just ignore Google Analytics because it is on pretty much every site. Other than that, this place is clean.


14 posted on 06/06/2012 3:45:21 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: NewHampshireDuo
DNT+ and TOR are working well for me with Safari, Chrome and Firefox. I haven't found a way to use it with Mozilla relatives like Camino and SeaMonkey.

If anyone has found a workaround, would appreciate an answer.

Mel

15 posted on 06/06/2012 3:55:10 PM PDT by grwcfl537 (Sed libera nos a malo.)
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To: ShadowAce

Tech site PING!


16 posted on 06/06/2012 4:12:08 PM PDT by CedarDave (Voted for Newt today in New Mexico -- too bad he's thrown in with Mittens)
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To: Windflier

I think the most I have seen at one time was 19. I just told it to blaock everything from the get go.


17 posted on 06/06/2012 4:33:33 PM PDT by SeaDragon ("Life is tough ..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne)
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18 posted on 06/06/2012 4:38:32 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: TomGuy

Thanks. Giving it a try.


19 posted on 06/06/2012 4:57:22 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Dallas59
Remember, nothing in life is free. Good Wall Street Journal article showing that vendors don't live up to their Terms and Conditions:

details of Google and other advertising companies that were bypassing privacy levels set by users of Apple's Safari browser

"Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers—tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked.

The companies used special computer code that tricks Apple's Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block such tracking by default."


20 posted on 06/06/2012 6:13:29 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Windflier; Dallas59
Good thing about Ghostery is, once you've disabled a particular tracking program, it's disabled for any website that employs it.

Just installed it.

AVG anti-virus now comes with something similar, "Do Not Track" and it works pretty well.

21 posted on 06/06/2012 7:08:51 PM PDT by floozy22
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