Skip to comments.How to Keep Companies from Tracking You Online—for Good
Posted on 03/26/2014 7:30:32 PM PDT by kingattax
These days, its nearly impossible for the average consumer to expect anonymity online or offat least not without a bit of legwork.
Data brokerscompanies that specialize in gathering information about consumers and selling it to third partieshave 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 ...
But what about the government?
Thx for posting this. I wish a Freeper would post a similar article on anonymizers.
Great article, and it has good links worth following as well.
Well, I learned one thing. Get rid of tracking. Thanks:)
Any good add-ons for Firefox?
Laz - any comments?
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.
For FF AddOns I have AdBlock Plus, DoNotTrack Plus, NoScript and Facebook Blocker. I never see any advertising on my browser.
Move to Cuba?
I have been using the name: Mandi Woodruff
I am not being tracked : )
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.
Firefox Anti-Tracking Extensions:
ping to read tomorrow
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!
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.)
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”
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.
Bookmark for study.
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
TOR is no good. The government maintains at least one exit point from the network. They’re monitoring everything in and out of there.
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.
Great post... thanks
Ghostery nice ...
Don't use the network, and they have to go looking for you.
So, what would you do?
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.
1. Find data broker’s HQ.
2. Destroy data broker’s HQ.
3. Repeat as needed.
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).
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