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El Taco
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Ad tracking and stuff

Postby El Taco » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:31 pm



Howdy, y'all. I've been doing a lot of reading lately about ad tracking, and found some interesting stuff. My first venture was an ad blocker called Adfender. Quick download, runs in the background, and not one ad in sight, anywhere. So I started reading about ad tracking, which the ad blocker had no effect on. I really don't care for the idea of being followed, recorded, and having a profile built on me by god knows who, so I hooked up with Abine inc. After installing a do not track program, I started browsing to see what's there.

A couple of my sites showed one company tracking my movements, which are now blocked, of course. Google Adsense is everywhere, nearly. It also shows (and blocks) social networks.

Here, as I make this post, there's a company called Tynt Tracer that would like to know what I'm up to, as well as Google +1 and Facebook Connect. Oh, wouldn't they like to know, huh?

Call me paranoid, but I believe in my rights as a private individual, and that includes the ability to browse the internet anonymously.

Anyone else here done something to stand up for their own online privacy?



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Re: Ad tracking and stuff

Postby El Taco » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:33 pm

Wow, I went to wunderground to check the weather, and found eight tracking companies blocked as well as the previously mentioned social networks. I'm beginning to love this program already.

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Re: Ad tracking and stuff

Postby SteveB123 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:02 pm

El Taco wrote:Call me paranoid, but I believe in my rights as a private individual, and that includes the ability to browse the internet anonymously.


All that free content you're happily browsing isn't free.
Private, no-charge sites that depend on ad revenue will, soon enough I imagine, simply block individuals with ad blocking software.

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Re: Ad tracking and stuff

Postby El Taco » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:18 pm

I apologize, I was considering the "Anything goes, doesn't fit in any other category"

I suppose it's your call to ignore me, and I won't think anything less if you do.

As for a trolley, I've been thinking about a trailer made from wing parts, but every thought seems too complicated or bulky.

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Re: Ad tracking and stuff

Postby trike lady » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:15 am

I have 3 on my Opera Browser. No ads+, ABP and Ghostery.
I don't like nosy pests.
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Re: Ad tracking and stuff

Postby El Taco » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:50 am

I've heard of the Opera browser, but I'm still a little too old fashioned to venture from IE as of yet. I was amazed at the number of tracking attempts blocked in a single evening of browsing. Just a couple hours and already the number is in the thousands.

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Re: Ad tracking and stuff

Postby trike lady » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:15 pm

I have three browsers on my laptop. I run Opera, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
You can add the Opera to your computer and have two.
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Re: Ad tracking and stuff

Postby dingdong » Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:31 am

Firefox with "No Script". Nothing without your okay.
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Re: Ad tracking and stuff

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:15 pm

Running any browser these days with "no script" or "javascript disabled" will kill a large amount of the functionality of pretty well any modern web site - this one included.

As for the ad tracking - it is a fact of life on today's Internet. And as mentioned previously in this thread, ads are a necessary evil in order for web sites to offer their services for "free." Server hosting and bandwidth are not cheap, particularly for large sites with lots of visitors. Ads are what pay for those costs. If large numbers of people blocked the ads, thereby drying up the ad revenue, many sites would either cease to exist, or would be forced to charge for access to content.

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Re: Ad tracking and stuff

Postby SteveB123 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:04 pm

El Taco wrote:I apologize, I was considering the "Anything goes, doesn't fit in any other category"

I suppose it's your call to ignore me, and I won't think anything less if you do.

As for a trolley, I've been thinking about a trailer made from wing parts, but every thought seems too complicated or bulky.


If I was going to ignore you, I wouldn't have replied! :D

Complicated isn't my style either.
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