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Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by MacDude21, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. MacDude21 macrumors regular

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    While browsing on the site I noticed that my DoNotTrackMe extension was showing that there where 8 companies tracking me on the macrumors homepage -- VGLink, NetShelter, Exponential, Google AdSense, Quantcast, Google Analytics, Facebook Connect, and Twitter Badge. Could we have an option to turn off these on the site or something?
     
  2. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    #2
    Uhhhh....

    Didn't you answer your own question even before you asked it?
     
  3. MacDude21 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not really?
    DoNotTrackMe can't completely block them
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I doubt this site is going to disable those services as that is part of the ads they serve up to pay the bills.
     
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I wouldn't count on that as happening. Like already mentioned, those services help the owners pay the bills and keep the site running.
     
  6. jeremysteele macrumors 6502

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    As has been said, some of these services are for social sharing (facebook for instance) and others are for ad serving (google). They won't be going away.

    Best choices are:

    A) Edit your /etc/hosts file to block the requesting hosts (time consuming)

    B) Use an extension to block the hosts (there's a bunch of them, like adblock)

    C) Accept that fact that even if you completely blocked the hosts, they will still be able to track you. (legally, I should add).
     
  7. MacNut macrumors Core

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    You either deal with the fact that companies are targeting you on the internet or you don't use the internet. I try to turn off tracking but that doesn't mean it will always stop it. Just something you have to live with.
     

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