Eliminate websites tracking you?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Greencardman, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. Greencardman macrumors 6502

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    Ok, so I was reading this article on Alley Insider about users knowing they are being tracked by major websites and hate it. I was wondering, does anyone know how this actually works? I was thinking about a way to prevent it, and the article mentions people deleting cookies.

    What if, instead of deleting cookies, you have a program that just overwrites the data inside with generic information? Basically, you surf, and a program fills up a cookie with generic sites and saves over the data that the cookie gathered from your surfing habits. Instead of trying to prevent information being passed to major websites, you just give them false information.
     
  2. John.B macrumors 601

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    If you are using Firefox with Adblock Plus, you can add the ABP Tracking Filter subscription (to block many commonly used tracking cookies) in addition to the excellent EasyList+EasyElement subscription (the first is the actual ad blocking subscription, the second collapses the space elements on the webpages that many of the blocked ads used to take). Highly recommended!
     
  3. Greencardman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. I just got into the new version of Safari. For some reason, Firefox has never appealed to me, but Safari is working out quite nicely. Not sure if there are the same tools available though. I've loving the built in spell checker though while I'm writing this post. :)
     
  4. brand macrumors 601

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    With the CustomizeGoogle extension for Firefox you can also remove click tracking.
     
  5. UberGeek9 macrumors newbie

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    The Firefox add on 'SafeHistory' helps out with tracking, I use it on all of my computers.
     
  6. UberGeek9 macrumors newbie

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    The Firefox add on 'SafeHistory' helps out with tracking, I use it on all of my computers.
     

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