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#1 peakpilgrim


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Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:01 AM


I was watching a T.V. Program on BBC on Monday night regarding the security of the activity of people, in general, regarding their browsing habits.

Apparently, everytime a person types in a search on a site such as 'google', they are targeted with 'tailor-made' advertising.

While I was aware of this, what I was not aware of was that all this information is stored by the search websites. I find this to be very worrying as I do not want people to be able to access my browsing habits regarding: medical, personal, insurance and financial information etc. I am sure others feel the same way.

During the program it was revealed that 'Yahoo' released details of the browsing history of certain individuals in the form of a numbered account. A journalist, working simply on the different searches recorded under one numbered account, was able to track down the individual concerned quite easily.

I personally use 'Spybot' a couple of times a day to disable 'cookies'. What I would like to know is whether this is enough and what else can I do to prevent website operators such as:'google and 'yahoo' obtaining personal information about me?

I often use: 'google chrome', 'safari', internet explorer', 'firefox': how can I make them safe to use from a security point of view?

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 09:46 AM

what else can I do to prevent website operators such as:'google and 'yahoo' obtaining personal information about me?

Not much you can do, other than don't use them
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 05:27 PM

Hello peakpilgrim, and welcome to BC.

While it is virtually impossible to obtain full Internet anonymity, there are some steps you can take to gain a little more privacy.

Some helpful links to get you started:
Privacy: What should Google do?
Blocking Unwanted Cookies with Internet Explorer
Disabling third party cookies (Firefox)

Alternative search engines:

Firefox Addons that help with privacy:
Adblock Plus - Subscribe to Rick752's EasyList (blocks and/or hides ads) and EasyPrivacy (blocks tracking,web bugs).
Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO)

Personally, if you're worried about privacy/tracking, I would also uninstall Google Chrome, and in fact any Google software you may have on your computer (Google Desktop, Toolbar etc.).

If you really like Chrome, you can always install the similar (but without the privacy concerns) SRWare Iron.
Chrome vs Iron

Hope this has helped some :thumbsup: .

Edit: Spelling.

Edited by RedDawn, 04 March 2010 - 09:40 PM.

#4 peakpilgrim

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 06:56 PM

Hi Red-Dawn

Thanks for that info; I will check it all out. It sounds promising.

Kind Regards.

Edited by garmanma, 04 March 2010 - 08:11 PM.
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