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Do not track IE, firefox, chrome? Who is on your side?


Do-Not-track

After learning all about Collusion plug-in for firefox, few months back, looking at the images of network of tracker, it was always in the back of my mind while browsing how online advertising companies always trying to predict “what I am looking for” by putting on all these sponsored adds, which most of the time very annoying as they probably have a very little clue. However what concerns me the most is that they record and distribute my browsing history for indefinite time, which I don’t like at all.

Collusion Firefox Add-in

Collusion

Do not track IE, firefox, chrome? Who is on your side?

Today to my surprise I came across read this article “Microsoft’s “Do Not Track” Move Angers Advertising Industry”. I was like really? You can opt-out from all this tracking business? There is an option for it? How come I didn’t notice before?

More surprisingly it’s from IE who lost their market share caused by unwanted popup, and introducing “do not track” option by default? Probably lesions learned and probably time to take a closer look at the new IE 10.

Looks like “Do Not Track” has become the keyword in the market, IE 10 making it default; Firefox “secretly” introduced it with version 9.0. And not surprisingly Google says chrome will support “Do not track by the end of this year”, not surprisingly the most reluctant guy to get on board. However there is a chrome extension to make it work for you. You can also enable “do not track” in IE 9. I’m planning to test them all and see how real they are.

By enabling this to not track option in each of the browser you basically state that you do not want your cookies to be shared with third parties. But then that might change your inter-site browsing experience for better or worse!

Do not track IE 9

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Do not track firefox 12

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Do not  track Chrome with DNT+ “No not track plus”

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Who is tracking you?

Hundreds on advertisement provider are collecting and compiling your browsing behaviour. They track you though the cookies.  Browsers store your browsing history and relative information locally inside cookies, which is only to be shared with the site you are browsing. The original idea of cookies was only to improve your browsing experience.

The sites are sharing information stored in your cookies to third parties without asking you explicit permission. This sharing your browsing information is so wide spread that it’s a network of companies who is storing and sharing your browsing history all across the web, apparently only trying to understand what product or service you are interested in.

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Reference:

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/9.0/releasenotes/

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/web-browsers/298596-microsoft-turns-on-do-not-track-by-default-in-ie10

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/epanfjkfahimkgomnigadpkobaefekcd

http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/is-online-commercial-tracking-really-so-bad

tag: do not track, do-not-track, firefox, firefox 9.0, online privacy, chrome, IE, IE 10, Collusion, who is tracking you, plugin, DNT+, IE 9

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