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?