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Jul 30, 2011

Who’s Spying on You Through Your Browser?

Wall Street Journal has amassed a sizeable infographic containing all the ways top websites track your data. While nearly all websites send your data to third-party trackers, some are worse than others. Luckily the main offenders are websites that suck.

The worst website of them all is Dictionary.com, who send your browsing data to 234 different trackers. Other particularly invasive sites include Comcast.net, Photobucket.com and MSN.com.

What do these trackers do, exactly? Some just store your preferences or files or history so that things are easier to use or quicker to load. Others, however, send your information to marketers which they can use to spam your phone, email inbox or IRL mailbox with DEALS AND OFFERS.
 
 

12 comments:

T Papar said...

check out the collision addon for firefox.
http://collusion.toolness.org/

shows who is tracking you while you are browsing. you will be impressed

GMSoccerPicks said...

Thats crazy, and enraging.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Wow, great update, this is important info... I had no idea that dictionary.com and photobucket were so invasive. Photobucket being particularly disturbing, since it's a photo site...

Mark said...

I thought this was common knowledge. I can get hundreds of spam emails to my hotmail account. Still, there are some places people go where they'd rather people knew they didn't, that's what proxies and ignorance are for.

Dylanthulhu said...

I agree, the thing about Photobucket is really disturbing considering how many images are hosted from there.

Ken Lynch said...

I hope I don't bore them to death with the sites I visit. On the other hand, they ARE invading my privacy. So I hope I DO bore them to death. Stalkers.

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Good to keep in mind...
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Drake Sigar said...

What Mark said.

FeurFenix said...

If you are concerned about privacy, you should check out the ghostery addon for firefox, chrome and opera.

Major.Mack said...

gotta love it :)

happyhacker said...

Quite enlightening, thank you.

Kid Shuffle said...

Thats fucked up. Dictionary.com? REALLY? :(