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#1 Ubiq

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:30 PM

Hello!

I apologize if this is the wrong place for this question. Sometimes I'm not so smart about that.
Lately weird things have been happening on some sites I visit that are leading me to believe that I'm giving out more info about myself than I want.
Usually, I would take a screen shot so you guys would know what the heck I'm talking about, but I've been really busy and haven't been thinking clearly I guess.
Every time it happens I sigh and make a mental note to do something later. :rolleyes:
Anyway, how do I find out what I'm putting out there? I don't even know how to look this up.
Isn't there a site that will tell you what you are leaving on a page? :unsure:
Thanks for any help you can give. :wub:

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:51 PM

In all honesty I have no idea what you're asking without some additional information. What sort of sites are you talking about? What type of transactions are you talking about? It could be as little as a browsing cookie to something to be paranoid about. The level of information you supply to base your question on is insufficient to hazard a guess at this juncture.

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#3 Ubiq

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:04 PM

Hi Animal! Thank you so much for responding!
One example is when I go to log in on various sites, they will identify me as my workplace. This is my personal laptop, not my work one. One site was able to see where I live. So I'm trying to fix this sort of sprawling, hard to define(for me-because I'm not smart about this stuff) problem. It's not a huge problem, but I want to make sure I'm being seen as me and not as my workplace.

I remember a few years ago going to a website that would tell you everything they could gather from the footprint you left on their site. I can't remember the site name. I can't remember how they were terming this 'footprint' and so my searches for it have thus far been unfruitful. They could tell you your computer name, sites you had previously visited, if you have open ports, lots of stuff. I guess I have this idea that if I could just find that site I could figure out what's going on.

I don't think it's cookies, because it happens after I have cleaned them out, but maybe I'm not doing it properly. I was thinking about trying Hijack This, but it will have to wait until the end of the semester because I don't have much time to devote to this right now.

I hope this helped make this less confusing and thanks again.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:32 PM

ubiq,
You can run shieldsup at grc.com and it will give some of the information you mentined. It will give your computer name and will let you run a test of your ports. I haven't messed with it a lot but I didn't see where it would tell what sites you had been visited, so this is probably not what you are talking about - but just thought I would mention it.

Edited by FayB, 15 March 2011 - 09:33 PM.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:42 PM

Hi Ubiq

What Browser are you using?

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:19 AM

@FayB: Thanks! That's a great site! Unfortunately, it showed that everything seems very secure. So I'm going to be puzzling over this for a bit.

@ThunderZ: I'm using Firefox 3.6.15 with a few of those add-ons.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 04:54 AM

I'm using Firefox 3.6.15.......


This article may help explain it and also how to stop it.




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