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Internet privacy vs. IP tracking - discussion & question


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#1 GoshenBleeping

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:35 PM

There is quite a lot on the web about privacy invasion due to web tracking. (As an example see the TED talk by Gary Kovacs, CTO of AVG Tech.). If you install Collusion in your browser, you can see the companies that are tracking your web movements. However am I correct that this tracking does not necessarily allow these companies to determine my identity? Seems to me that these companies can track all they want but will not be able to determine my identity as long as:
(1) My IP address changes every time I connect (my Internet connection is DSL through Frontier & is almost always different) which means that I am essentially anonymous
(2) I do not surf the web while logged into a web site account so that trackers cannot associate my name with my surfing activities
 
Is it possible that if a company gathers enough information about my surfing habits in a single web session, they can (somehow) determine who I am?
 
Comments? Am I missing something?


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 04:46 PM

Is it possible that if a company gathers enough information about my surfing habits in a single web session, they can (somehow) determine who I am?
 

 

In a single session, no.  Over time, yes.

 

If you want to peg your paranoia meter take a read/list to Security Now! - Episode 264 - Side-Channel Privacy Leakage.

 

There are many things about your computer that when taken individually mean nothing, but when taken as a group, over time, can be used to identify you.



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:19 AM


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