Jump to content

Big Brother Is Watching You!


Parsad
 Share

Recommended Posts

I'm really starting to get unnerved by some technology companies.  It's bad enough that the government knows every little detail about our personal and financial lives now, but it's quite disturbing that Google Ads will change automatically to something I just did or searched for.  For example, I just booked my hotel for Omaha, and automatically the Google Ads on here change to Hilton Doubletree ads.  This happens almost every time I open a new window and search, or complete some sort of transaction. 

 

They have cookies on everything we do now on the internet.  Even if you empty and delete your cookies, they are back tracking you the next time you open your browser.  Very frightening in a way...to imagine these companies know so much about our daily movements and habits.  There is little the government is doing to stop them, because it just makes it easier for the government to track us as well.  Cheers!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

For anyone who is annoyed/concerned about this, there is a device (USB flashdrive) called "Ironkey" that

is effective in thwarting the bullshit surveillance.

It effectively changes your IP address continually as well as a few other neat tricks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

For anyone who is annoyed/concerned about this, there is a device (USB flashdrive) called "Ironkey" that

is effective in thwarting the bullshit surveillance.

It effectively changes your IP address continually as well as a few other neat tricks.

 

https://www.ironkey.com/product/products-for-windows/

 

sure,... and they are also funded by the government  ;)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IronKey

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Seconding duckduckgo.  Also, although not perfect, you can use extensions for your browser which help to limit the tracking of your activity and collection of data about you.

 

If you use firefox try installing the following combination:  NoScript, Ghostery, and AdBlock Plus.  They block most tracking activity by default but allow you to whitelist websites/companies that you trust.

 

It won't help you much against the government (see: https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying) since apparently all major ISPs in the US just blanket forward all data and browsing of US citizens to the NSA (usually through "private companies" to avoid legal issues).  You can google or duckduckgo this for more information if you want. 

 

Regardless, it definitely does help against the many private companies that try to track your every online move and mouse click, including google adsense.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You can look into this as well: https://www.torproject.org/

 

If you do not have a completely clean computing/browsing environment and keep it that way then tor is of little help. It attempts to anonymize you at the network layer, but if your browser is still barfing up cookies its very easy for sites to identify and track you while using tor. It is also painfully slow or at least it was the first time I tried it out. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You can look into this as well: https://www.torproject.org/

 

If you do not have a completely clean computing/browsing environment and keep it that way then tor is of little help. It attempts to anonymize you at the network layer, but if your browser is still barfing up cookies its very easy for sites to identify and track you while using tor. It is also painfully slow or at least it was the first time I tried it out.

 

I take that back, it looks like the tor project now provides some browser plugins to help reduce the exposure to cookies etc... in addition to providing the network layer anonymizing. https://www.torproject.org/torbutton/index.html.en

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...