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How to Keep Companies from Tracking You Online—for Good
Yahoo Finance ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Mandi Woodruff

Posted on 03/26/2014 7:30:32 PM PDT by kingattax

These days, it’s nearly impossible for the average consumer to expect anonymity online or off—at least not without a bit of legwork.

Data brokers—companies that specialize in gathering information about consumers and selling it to third parties—have turned the collection and sale of publicly available personal information into a multibillion-dollar industry.

At any given moment, hundreds of these companies are analyzing everything from our zip codes, income, and ethnicity to our taste in music, our driving records, and how often we search for funny cat videos.

They then take that information, sort us into groups, and make a fortune selling it to marketers, employers, charities, government agencies, and other businesses. As to what they do with this information, the details can be hazy. Some information is sold to marketers, but some can be used to screen prospective employees, to run background checks, to detect identity theft, or to come up with a dubious alternative to traditional credit scores.

We know little about data tracking and the companies that do it. Neither regulators nor lawmakers have managed to wrap their heads around data brokers quite yet.

(Excerpt) Read more at yahoo.com ...


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1 posted on 03/26/2014 7:30:32 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

But what about the government?


2 posted on 03/26/2014 7:33:58 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: kingattax

Thx for posting this. I wish a Freeper would post a similar article on anonymizers.


3 posted on 03/26/2014 7:37:52 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: kingattax

Great article, and it has good links worth following as well.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 7:42:57 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: kingattax

Well, I learned one thing. Get rid of tracking. Thanks:)


5 posted on 03/26/2014 7:47:04 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: kingattax

Any good add-ons for Firefox?


6 posted on 03/26/2014 7:47:23 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Salvavida

youre welcome


7 posted on 03/26/2014 7:58:43 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: kingattax

Laz - any comments?


8 posted on 03/26/2014 8:05:02 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I use MRU Blaster and CCleaner before I shut my PC down at night. Both programs clean the garbage out of your files so you don’t end up storing it.


9 posted on 03/26/2014 8:11:57 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: kingattax

ping


10 posted on 03/26/2014 8:13:27 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

For FF AddOns I have AdBlock Plus, DoNotTrack Plus, NoScript and Facebook Blocker. I never see any advertising on my browser.


11 posted on 03/26/2014 8:14:22 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: kingattax

Move to Cuba?


12 posted on 03/26/2014 8:18:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kingattax

I have been using the name: Mandi Woodruff
I am not being tracked : )


13 posted on 03/26/2014 8:21:25 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: kingattax

I’m good!

I don’t own a car, therefore, I don’t have any other driving record other than clean. I keep up the license, just in case. I then have no need for car insurance, either.

I have paid in cash since 1988, and have no credit cards, and no loans, so they lose there, too.

I do not have a house, so there is no mortgage (reverse or otherwise), Oh sure, there are utility bills, but that’s enough.

I have ‘privacy doo-hickees’ on my laptop, so I’m good.


14 posted on 03/26/2014 8:24:52 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Firefox Anti-Tracking Extensions:

DoNotTrackPlus
https://www.abine.com/

Ghostery
https://www.ghostery.com/

Disconnect
https://disconnect.me/


15 posted on 03/26/2014 8:28:00 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Save.


16 posted on 03/26/2014 8:30:06 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: basil

ping to read tomorrow


17 posted on 03/26/2014 8:35:41 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: kingattax; a fool in paradise

Good way to finally get on the list of those suspicious people who don’t want to be tracked like the rest of the citizens!


18 posted on 03/26/2014 8:44:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: kingattax

Oh, dear Lord. I’m doing research for a book series and I can only imagine the lists that I’m on for the searches I’ve done. (Probably a few gov’t ones, as well.)

Then there are the searches done out of curiosity. I’ll see someone commenting or making a joke that I won’t get, Google the subject matter and really, REALLY wish I hadn’t.

And then I think, “What’s that about?” and do it again when I encounter something else that I’m curious about a week later. (I learn slow, apparently.)


19 posted on 03/26/2014 8:56:36 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Salvavida

The problem is that people give their information willingly on facebook, in agreements to use their iPhones, credit cards, bank loans, google searches, social media sites etc.. and they don’t understand the ramifications of that.

That metadata is collected and converted in profiles that corporations then purchase in order to market.

The problem is that insurance companies are now looking at your meta data in order to explore ways to make certain individuals “high risk”


20 posted on 03/26/2014 9:06:31 PM PDT by willyd (I for one welcome our NSA overlords)
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To: Salvavida

https://www.torproject.org/


21 posted on 03/26/2014 9:18:17 PM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: TomGuy

Thank-you.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 9:22:25 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: kingattax

Tracking Ping! Keep co. from tracking you online. I need this. Thank-you.

I’ve noticed if I’ve click on say, a pair of shoes, it will appear on other website advertising spaces. I’d say I’m being tracked.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 9:25:27 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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self ping


24 posted on 03/26/2014 10:45:36 PM PDT by shove_it (my real nickname is Otter)
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To: kingattax

Bookmark for study.


25 posted on 03/27/2014 3:28:35 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: Cyman

Been using TOR The Onion Router to give our friends at the NSA something to do for their fat checks. The TOR browser is a version of Firefox that uses a sequence of TOR routers to mask your IP address from all but the most dedicated spooks.

It's interesting to see how much information isn't passed by (or is assumed from your IP) the TOR browser, especially when you google something and find the default response is in French. I find that I cruise FR with TOR and everything else I do in the clear because it works better.

Fight the Free Sh☭t Nation

26 posted on 03/27/2014 3:37:26 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: kingattax

bfl


27 posted on 03/27/2014 3:54:24 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: kingattax; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

28 posted on 03/27/2014 5:47:30 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Cyman; Mycroft Holmes

TOR is no good. The government maintains at least one exit point from the network. They’re monitoring everything in and out of there.


29 posted on 03/27/2014 5:50:50 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Yes, but with TOR you get SSL everywhere so at least they are going to have to work a bit for it. Make them actually crank those CPUs that you paid for. There is nothing you can do to stop them, but you can slow them down a bit.


30 posted on 03/27/2014 5:55:50 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: kingattax

Great post... thanks


31 posted on 03/27/2014 6:18:45 AM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Ghostery nice ...


32 posted on 03/27/2014 6:21:22 AM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: Mycroft Holmes
They won't even notice the CPUs they're using to track you. You're not even slowing them down. You're just making it easier for them because they know where you are by manning the gate.

Don't use the network, and they have to go looking for you.

33 posted on 03/27/2014 6:25:12 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

So, what would you do?


34 posted on 03/27/2014 6:34:11 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: Mycroft Holmes
The best solution is to use the products that prevent tracking, like those listed above, and to not use products that depend on outside entities to guard you.

Don't mention things they are looking for, and don't go to sites they are monitoring. I've already violated the last one by posting here. I'm using a proxy to redirect my traffic, though--one I configured myself.

35 posted on 03/27/2014 6:52:06 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: kingattax

Reference


36 posted on 03/27/2014 7:24:42 AM PDT by Ignatz (Winner of a prestigious 1960 Y-chromosome award!)
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To: kingattax

bkmk


37 posted on 03/27/2014 8:05:34 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: kingattax

1. Find data broker’s HQ.

2. Destroy data broker’s HQ.

3. Repeat as needed.


38 posted on 03/27/2014 8:10:18 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: kingattax
I think that attempting 'Do Not Track' does virtually nothing except track you as a security conscious individual... Kinda like when I opted out of my So Sec number being used as my driver's license number... It really did nothing except let them know I didn't like it. Corporate participation in 'Do not Track' is completely voluntary - meaning the nasty ones are gonna do it anyhoo... And since the tracking would only inhibit third parties, first parties (think Google) will continue unrestricted.

The only way, and I mean the ONLY way to surf anonymously is to keep a war-drive for your laptop (or a different laptop altogether), with a mac address spoofer, and absolutely *no* personally identifiable information whatsoever, to include software with identifiable keys (Microsoft Office, etc). Then that configuration or laptop must only be used from coffee shops, hotel lobbies (or parking lots) or by drive-by pirating of open connections, never *ever* being used from your own network. That laptop/persona must *never* log on to *any* site using *any* of your normal user stuff (like online mail, FreeRepublic account, etc).

39 posted on 03/27/2014 10:07:51 AM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: Cyman

TY ;-)


40 posted on 03/29/2014 10:13:18 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Salvavida

bfl


41 posted on 03/29/2014 3:59:51 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions, led by a deer.)
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