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GOOGLE - YAHOO - BROWSER SECURITY


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#1 peakpilgrim

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:01 AM

Hi

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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#3 RedDawn

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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:
cookies
Privacy: What should Google do?
Blocking Unwanted Cookies with Internet Explorer
Disabling third party cookies (Firefox)

Alternative search engines:
Scroogle
ixquick

Firefox Addons that help with privacy:
Adblock Plus - Subscribe to Rick752's EasyList (blocks and/or hides ads) and EasyPrivacy (blocks tracking,web bugs).
BetterPrivacy
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.).
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10282312-2.html

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.


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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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