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This infographic shows who tracks your web browsing habits and how to limit it

By Shawn Knight ยท 33 replies
Feb 26, 2015
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  1. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,390   +618

    I think we've had enough personal comments. Any more will go bye bye. Back on topic please.
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,691   +426

    To be honest, unless it's what I consider "private" personal information (anything surreptitiously trying to gain access to things outside of the browser environment on my computer or even those "Find friends" buttons that allow Facebook/Linkedin etc to raid your email contacts list. Also suspicious of the single sign on/identity provider style "Sign in with Facebook" options on sites) then I don't really mind. It is after all what gives revenue to some sites allowing them to exist.

    Although viewing one item on Amazon and having adverts on every other page I go to egging me on to buy it isn't good for my bank balance. I guess it depends on what you view on a regular basis. Having 15" black dildos pop up in adds while showing your mum an article on Techspot would be less than ideal.

    I don't even use an ad blocker as I've just become able to mentally disregard them completely on the sites that I frequent. For someone reasonably technically adept in ICT/IT this is probably unusual. Now that I think about it I do wipe out tracking cookies with Spybot/CCleaner on occasion.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2015
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,177   +1,596

    Yea I'm not that worried. Most of it is just for advertising and trying to make the experience more custom to the user. So I do wonder if tracking is really the best term for some of this.

    Now for the real question, how much is Techspot tracking us!!?!?!?!?!?!? dun dun daaaaaaa!!!!!!
    Arris likes this.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,763   +1,159

    I 110% agree with you, this is a non-existant issue.

    BTW: All your information is out there, from your social security number (For those that have one) to how much you earn, it's just a matter of how to look for it. By now you shouldn't even care anymore.

    Say what? You thought your privacy was actually private?? Nah, do you remember back in Captain's days where telle-marketters called you? Well this is a really old issue, that won't probably go away unless you go somewhere where you don't have to actually interact with anything internet-based.
    Rippleman likes this.
  5. dansharp2014

    dansharp2014 TS Rookie

    Serious answer...I don't mind advertising as much as tracking. Advertisers have no right to track my interests on the net.
  6. dansharp2014

    dansharp2014 TS Rookie

    Would you mind your neighbor coming to your house everyday every hour to ask what you're doing and what are you going to do so they can make their plans?
  7. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 871   +393

    Quick question: why are you here? This very site (as with 99% of all other sites on the web) do exactly what you are saying they don't have a right to do. You digitally signed a contract just by opening techspot saying you agree to being tracked.
  8. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 871   +393

    Is this the actual comparison you make? I don't see the connection or likeness of the 2 scenarios at all.
    stewi0001 likes this.
  9. bluejolls

    bluejolls TS Booster Posts: 121   +9

    I am using WorkExaminer that help me track all web browsing history and limit certain sources from tracking you

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