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Several pieces of advice for those of you using Firefox (a terrific browser; current version = 24.0).

1. Go to the Tools menu, drop-down and select "Options". Under "Options", review the first menu item - Tracking. Make sure that you have selected the radio button entitled: "Tell sites that I do not want to be tracked".  Then, under "History", and "Accept Third Party Cookies:", select "Never", and also under "Keep Until": choose "Until I close Firefox". Then click "OK" at the bottom of the window. 
 
2. Go to the Mozilla Add-on site and download the extension DoNotTrackMe (Abine software). It is free and I have found it extremely effective. The extension works passively, and will add an icon to the Navigation toolbar. By clicking on the icon, you can see which sites were attempting to track you on the page you are viewing. The results can be quite eye-opening, especially for popular commercial websites.

3. You may also wish to try the NoScript add-on. It will disallow any remote scripts from running unless you specifically "white list" them or else temporarily allow them. I've been using it for several years, and again the results might amaze and disturb you. Some sites try to load as many as 30 or more scripts in the background, including all kinds of tracking cookies.
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I installed it this morning. Very interesting. This site is very clean in terms of tracking, just a photobucket and papal (probably from the images and donate button). Most sites have half dozen ore more.  If you want a laugh, run it when opening Facebook. If you use the graph, it looks like a galaxy.

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Several pieces of advice for those of you using Firefox (a terrific browser; current version = 24.0).

1. Go to the Tools menu, drop-down and select "Options". Under "Options", review the first menu item - Tracking. Make sure that you have selected the radio button entitled: "Tell sites that I do not want to be tracked".  Then, under "History", and "Accept Third Party Cookies:", select "Never", and also under "Keep Until": choose "Until I close Firefox". Then click "OK" at the bottom of the window. 
 
2. Go to the Mozilla Add-on site and download the extension DoNotTrackMe (Abine software). It is free and I have found it extremely effective. The extension works passively, and will add an icon to the Navigation toolbar. By clicking on the icon, you can see which sites were attempting to track you on the page you are viewing. The results can be quite eye-opening, especially for popular commercial websites.

3. You may also wish to try the NoScript add-on. It will disallow any remote scripts from running unless you specifically "white list" them or else temporarily allow them. I've been using it for several years, and again the results might amaze and disturb you. Some sites try to load as many as 30 or more scripts in the background, including all kinds of tracking cookies.

I use all of these, I'm a huge fan of FF, I went into IE for the first time in ages a month ago and it did something that cost me a full day of cleaning my computer back up.. I HATE IE...

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I installed it this morning. Very interesting. This site is very clean in terms of tracking, just a photobucket and papal (probably from the images and donate button). Most sites have half dozen ore more.  If you want a laugh, run it when opening Facebook. If you use the graph, it looks like a galaxy.

We could work on "fixing" that for you!!

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We could work on "fixing" that for you!!

They had a great segment about this on Real News this afternoon  - they had a big screen of the biggest sites and all the links and links and more links... everyone was fascinated by it... Great segment.

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Several pieces of advice for those of you using Firefox (a terrific browser; current version = 24.0).

1. Go to the Tools menu, drop-down and select "Options". Under "Options", review the first menu item - Tracking. Make sure that you have selected the radio button entitled: "Tell sites that I do not want to be tracked".  Then, under "History", and "Accept Third Party Cookies:", select "Never", and also under "Keep Until": choose "Until I close Firefox". Then click "OK" at the bottom of the window. 
 
2. Go to the Mozilla Add-on site and download the extension DoNotTrackMe (Abine software). It is free and I have found it extremely effective. The extension works passively, and will add an icon to the Navigation toolbar. By clicking on the icon, you can see which sites were attempting to track you on the page you are viewing. The results can be quite eye-opening, especially for popular commercial websites.

3. You may also wish to try the NoScript add-on. It will disallow any remote scripts from running unless you specifically "white list" them or else temporarily allow them. I've been using it for several years, and again the results might amaze and disturb you. Some sites try to load as many as 30 or more scripts in the background, including all kinds of tracking cookies.

DoNotTrackMe is interesting, particularly the feature that lets you see what tracking devices a particular site has.  The Obastardcare website had 4 trackers when I checked on that one.  Talk about respecting your privacy.

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I installed it this morning. Very interesting. This site is very clean in terms of tracking, just a photobucket and papal (probably from the images and donate button). Most sites have half dozen ore more.  If you want a laugh, run it when opening Facebook. If you use the graph, it looks like a galaxy.

I didn't find anything on GBR with DoNotTrackMe.

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Several pieces of advice for those of you using Firefox (a terrific browser; current version = 24.0).

Does this hamper your browsing experience any?  Does it slow the site down or cause you not to be able to do certain things?  I've tried things like this before that just slow you down so much.  I saw the segment on Real News (The Blaze) about this and it was very revealing, how many sites are tracking us. 
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Does this hamper your browsing experience any?  Does it slow the site down or cause you not to be able to do certain things?  I've tried things like this before that just slow you down so much.  I saw the segment on Real News (The Blaze) about this and it was very revealing, how many sites are tracking us. 

I think it mainly blocks so-called "third party" cookies - cookies that aren't issued to you by the site you're visiting.  These are typically cookies from third-party advertisers who want to know who you are so they can target ads at you based on what they know about you.  I don't think it blocks cookies from the site you're actually visiting, so it shouldn't really slow down your browsing a particular site.

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I think it mainly blocks so-called "third party" cookies - cookies that aren't issued to you by the site you're visiting.  These are typically cookies from third-party advertisers who want to know who you are so they can target ads at you based on what they know about you.  I don't think it blocks cookies from the site you're actually visiting, so it shouldn't really slow down your browsing a particular site.

Thanks! 
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Even the IRS website - irs.gov - tracks you (then again, that doesn't suprise me).  I wonder if the NSA has a website?


The White House website tracks, and it uses one of the bottom feeder trackers as well:  AddThis.
« Last Edit: October 26, 2013, 11:03:49 PM by Oceander »


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