Cookies, spiders, bots….
They’re all out to get you on the web. Our friends at CNet help you cover your tracks.
CNET By: Dennis O’Reilly
Web spies are getting stealthier and stealthier. Recently they’ve been caught peering into our browser histories to determine the sites we’ve visited, even in so-called privacy mode with cookies disabled, as Dan Goodin described earlier this month on The Register.
Many of the companies whose sites were discovered using the technique claimed to have had no idea and immediately decried the spying. Julia Angwin reported on many of these surprise responses on the Wall Street Journal’s Technology site.
If the owners of the spying sites aren’t even aware of the activity, what are unsuspecting visitors to do? Well, you could wait for the government to take action, as CNET’s Declan McCullogh reports in the Privacy Inc. blog.
Or you could rely on the online advertising industry to police itself, despite the marketers’ inability to determine which spying practices violate their own guidelines, which Julia Angwin describes on the WSJ’s Digits blog.
Personally, I’d rather take matters into my own hands. Here are five ways to reduce the chances that your browsing habits are being recorded.