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Your computer is watching you:
How sinister ´cookies´ track
your every move online

Daily Mail [UK], by Steve Boggan

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/12/2013 5:45:28 AM

Have you ever had the feeling your computer is watching you? That somehow it knows what you were looking at yesterday, or last year? And that rather than being your technological ‘friend’ it behaves more like a slick second-hand car salesman? You fancied flying to Paris so you checked out airfares . . . and before you knew it, your Facebook page was plastered with advertisements for hotels on La Rive Gauche. Your daughter bought a record by One Direction. Now, the family computer is bombarded with ads for boy band concerts. Anne Crabtree, a 32-year-old writer, knows exactly how

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/12/2013 6:09:05 AM     (No. 9171409)

My ignorant observer advice is stay away from Facebook and twitter and only use search engines for benign queries.
Even then Google is getting terrible at putting mirror pages in searches that lead to spam sites.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/12/2013 6:13:54 AM     (No. 9171416)

I use startpage.com for my search engine - it´s Google but without any tracking attached. I also use Ghostery, which pretty much blocks everything else. Somebody could probably still track me, but at least they´ll have to work to do it.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: chumley, 2/12/2013 6:16:10 AM     (No. 9171418)

Also delete your cookies periodically. If you use firefox, I believe they have several privacy add ons you can download for free.

The funniest one was here on L Dot a year or two ago. The usual gang was going on about Moslem killers and what not, and ads appeared in the margins for a moslem singles site. Several posters commented on it. heh.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 2/12/2013 6:29:35 AM     (No. 9171432)

Like #2, I use ghostery as well--add-on from Firefox. You can also find an LSO cookie killer from Firefox. I also use no-track ixquick for searching. You can use ixquick to access Google for a track-free experience.

Most important, change your privacy settings to permit you to choose whether or not you want to grant cookies to a certain site.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: escaped commieny, 2/12/2013 6:30:57 AM     (No. 9171433)

going from page to page, I will use Tools (IE) and delete browsing history. After I leave the internet I use Piriform cache cleaner, several times a day to clean all
piriform dot com/ccleaner
then I just get generic ads
I was on Petco, from an email ad, next thing I know, luci homepage was covered with pet ads. creepy

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 4freedom, 2/12/2013 7:46:11 AM     (No. 9171538)

Firefox has an add-on called DoNotTrackMe it works very well. I got tired of looking at Obama´s face here at Lucianne every day, this thing completely blocks all tracking and ads, sweet.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LouD, 2/12/2013 8:17:40 AM     (No. 9171587)

I didn´t realize until now, #7, that DoNotTrackMe was the reason I no longer see Fartface´´s picture here. Wow! What a program!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: southernboy, 2/12/2013 8:47:47 AM     (No. 9171635)

I delete cookies after visiting every site, including this one.
For example, I deleted cookies just before I started typing this. I just checked…sixty cookies!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Emerson, 2/12/2013 8:54:32 AM     (No. 9171653)

I have NoScript. Get no ads and clean out cookies and cache throughout the day.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Axeman, 2/12/2013 9:53:07 AM     (No. 9171801)

Some good advice here.
Don´t overlook the LSOs, also called "Flash cookies".

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Reply 11 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 2/12/2013 10:31:31 AM     (No. 9171918)

Incognito search mode works well on Google Chrome.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/12/2013 10:52:44 AM     (No. 9171971)

I had to quit using Ghostery. It was blocking other items on certain web sites I visited, such as the comment block (if I wanted to post a comment). Yes comments already made were there but no block for me to comment. Also it blocked videos on certain sites as well. Now I just use Ad Block Plus and Do Not Track. Much better.

Also in firefox in Tools/Options/Privacy area you can uncheck items you won´t need or want, including 3rd party cookies.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/12/2013 10:53:37 AM     (No. 9171974)

Forgot to mention, I also have it set where when I close firefox my History and Cookies are deleted.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: jimjr, 2/12/2013 12:44:30 PM     (No. 9172222)

In Firefox, under Options -> Tools -> Privacy, check "Tell websites i do not want to be tracked". Then under "History", select "Custom Settings", select "Keep (cookies) until I close Firefox". Finally check "Clear history when Firefox closes".

I also run AdBlock Plus, NoScript and BetterPriavacy to block ads, unwanted JavaScript and Flash (LSO) cookies.

When I am going to do on-line banking, pay bills, etc. I restart the browser and use "Private Browsing" (Tools -> Start Private Browsing). Every time. After each site.

Lastly I use "DuckDuckGo" for search as they do not store or track search history.

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