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Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time
LinuxBSDOS ^ | 17 July 2013 | Staff

Posted on 07/18/2013 1:00:00 PM PDT by ShadowAce

At a time when your ISP is tracking your online activities, sites you visit are doing the same (even the one you do not visit are able to track you), Google is not to be left out in the game, and the NSA is tracking everybody else, it’s easy to be depressed.

What exactly don’t these guys know about you? Or what can’t they know about you? For most people, the shocking answer, is not much. You see, privacy died about 10 years ago. There are things you can do to regain some semblance of privacy in your life, but with the wide variety of ways used to track you, only the most paranoid and tech-savvy has the skills to put up a good fight.

But while most of us can’t do very much, we can at least have fun tracking who’s tracking us, as we surf the Internet. If you use Firefox Web browser, an extension called Collusion can help you see which websites are tracking you. Install it like you would install any other Firefox add-on.

Once installed, you can access the graph by clicking on its icon in the bottom-right of the browser window, or from the menu – Tools -> Collusion Graph. This image shows all the websites that are able to track me when I visited the nytimes.com. That’s just one site I visited and 14 other sites can track me.
Collusion NSA tracking spying

Some sites do not cause as many third party tracking as the nytimes.com. For example, visiting nsa.gov only added one more third-party to the mix. Duckduckgo.com, my preferred search engine, does not add any extra spy, other than its own cookie. I don’t even want to tell you what happened when I visited my own site. Ridiculous!
Collusion NSA tracking spying

Just as I was about to press the publish button, I decided to see what happens if I disallow any type of cookies – first-party or third-party, from being set on my browser. There was no difference. I don’t know how they do it, but Collusion’s graph still read the same, as when cookies were allowed.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: privacy; tracking

1 posted on 07/18/2013 1:00:00 PM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

2 posted on 07/18/2013 1:00:22 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

And how do you know that the Collusion extension itself isn’t doing something malicious regarding your IP address, etc., behind the scenes?


3 posted on 07/18/2013 1:09:20 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

I don’t—for certain. But extensions are developed and reviewed by separate (groups of) people. I’d think it’s pretty safe.


4 posted on 07/18/2013 1:12:19 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Duckduckgo.com?


5 posted on 07/18/2013 1:13:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ShadowAce

Interesting.


6 posted on 07/18/2013 1:13:52 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: ShadowAce

If you have a website, you may also get real time information on who visits your site too.

For instance, my website had visits from the following interesting places today...

*Navy Network Information Center

*Lockheed Martin Corporation (out of Denver)

*Hughes Network Systems

*Lockheed Martin Corporation (out of Connecticut)

And that does not count the regular bounces I get from Google and Facebook bots.


7 posted on 07/18/2013 1:18:52 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: ShadowAce

OK, I went ahead and clicked on Collusion. Now I get the Collusion screen, but it’s just black with the columns present on the left. No “ferris wheel” looking thing. What is going on here?


8 posted on 07/18/2013 1:22:19 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

Keep it open and continue using the browser. It’ll update as you visit more sites.


9 posted on 07/18/2013 1:23:05 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Maybe this works:

DoNotTrackMe

https://www.abine.com/dntdetail.php


10 posted on 07/18/2013 1:23:34 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: ShadowAce

Aha. NOW it has the Ferris Wheel. It shows (gasp!) that I’ve been on the Free Republic website. Heavens, what is the world coming to? Thank you.


11 posted on 07/18/2013 1:28:24 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: ShadowAce

Sad. Not available for my 16.0 version under Linux.


12 posted on 07/18/2013 1:28:50 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Jyotishi

Long ago, when the Net was new, I started going to really ridiculous sites to throw off anyone trying to categorize me. For example, I’d click on a Mayan astrology site, then cement mixers, then strange Barbie Doll names, then sewer pipe equipment, then recipes for woodchuck, then Norwegian politics, then the AKC, then Prada....so how do advertisers and the NSA categorize me?


13 posted on 07/18/2013 1:39:59 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: ShadowAce

Tech bookmark.


14 posted on 07/18/2013 1:41:33 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: BenLurkin
My default search engine .. the owner takes privacy seriously, and dislikes Gargle's prying fascists about as much I do.

Yeah, it's Wiki, but there's some info about the guy here.

Here's their Privacy Page.

15 posted on 07/18/2013 1:42:39 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: ShadowAce

You can also just use startpage which masks your internet activity. Apparently Startpage hides your ISP. For instance the NSA could see that somebody on Startpabe was visiting FR but not who that person is. Startpage is free.


16 posted on 07/18/2013 1:43:41 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Veto!

as someone trying to mask their browsing, thereby raising your investigative interest score.


17 posted on 07/18/2013 1:45:18 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: ShadowAce

I clicked on the link, guess what!?!

“Not available for Firefox 18.0”


18 posted on 07/18/2013 1:45:41 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: NonValueAdded

Good about raising my investigative interest score. They should waste hours and days checking me out.

Yours sincerely,
Botox Barbie

Mattel may join in the hunt. The Net is so sanctimonious now, used to be much more fun before commercial interests started scrubbing. And suing.


19 posted on 07/18/2013 1:50:43 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: ShadowAce; All
I am a licensed FFL gun dealer, and an inter-net surfer, reading and posting on Libertarian sites. Can I down load a site which blocks IPs, such as duckduckgo.com and use it on demand for those sites I where I want my IP blocked? And switch back to IE-10?
20 posted on 07/18/2013 1:53:19 PM PDT by tiger-one
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To: ShadowAce

It will force everyone great and small to acknowledge who and what they are, and what they believe and will stand for in the world.

Nowhere to hide.

We’ve been told this would happen. Why is this a surprise.


21 posted on 07/18/2013 2:18:22 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: tiger-one

This is probably more like what you’re describing.

https://www.torproject.org/


22 posted on 07/18/2013 2:18:28 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Terry L Smith

Careful about updating to FF 22, it has a known issue with the “copy and paste” function...


23 posted on 07/18/2013 2:26:08 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: 867V309

867V309 wrote:
“Careful about updating to FF 22, it has a known issue with the “copy and paste” function...”

I guess I’m small fry .. won’t load for my FF version!!


24 posted on 07/18/2013 2:27:30 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: 867V309; Terry L Smith
Careful about updating to FF 22, it has a known issue with the “copy and paste” function...

Don't see it listed here:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/22.0/releasenotes/

25 posted on 07/18/2013 2:54:10 PM PDT by CedarDave (Trayvon Martin history: The MS media is in love with burglars and thugs in training.)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Interesting thread......


26 posted on 07/18/2013 3:10:24 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: ShadowAce

I use Ghostery: http://www.ghostery.com/


27 posted on 07/18/2013 4:21:47 PM PDT by OneHun
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To: CedarDave
But it is here:

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=723629
28 posted on 07/18/2013 4:23:12 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: tiger-one

http://download.cnet.com/Easy-Hide-IP/3000-2144_4-10714026.html

I’ve used it. Cluttered interface but seems to do the job, and the performance is pretty good.


29 posted on 07/18/2013 6:42:56 PM PDT by expat1000
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