Five ways to avoid being tracked on the Web

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    crymomma zeropaid sweetheart Established Member

    Web spies are getting stealthier and stealthier. Recently they've been caught peering into our browser histories to determine the sites we've visited, even in so-called privacy mode with cookies disabled, as Dan Goodin described earlier this month on The Register.
    Many of the companies whose sites were discovered using the technique claimed to have had no idea and immediately decried the spying. Julia Angwin reported on many of these surprise responses on the Wall Street Journal's Technology site.
    If the owners of the spying sites aren't even aware of the activity, what are unsuspecting visitors to do? Well, you could wait for the government to take action, as CNET's Declan McCullogh reports in the Privacy Inc. blog.
    Or you could rely on the online advertising industry to police itself, despite the marketers' inability to determine which spying practices violate their own guidelines, which Julia Angwin describes on the WSJ's Digits blog.
    Personally, I'd rather take matters into my own hands. Here are five ways to reduce the chances that your browsing habits are being recorded.
    [h=2]Block ads and super-cookies before they can download[/h] Last May, Microsoft and Adobe announced that deleting cookies in Internet Explorer 8 and 9 would also delete the long-lasting Flash cookies, or local shared objects (LSOs). The long-awaited change requires Flash 10.3 or later, as Microsoft's Andy Ziegler explains on the IEBlog.
    Add-ons for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome go a step further by allowing you to prevent LSOs and other tracking files from being downloaded along with a Web page's content. I first wrote about Giorgio Maone's free NoScript add-on for Firefox in a post from January 2008. The extension lets you block Flash and Javascript on a site-by-site and source-by-source basis. I can't think of a reason why Firefox users would not use this add-on.
    NettiCat's free BetterPrivacy extension for Firefox lets you decide which Flash cookies to allow and delete. The program can be set to notify you whenever a new LSO is stored, delete the default Flash Player cookie, and even set a keyboard shortcut for erasing LSOs. By default, BetterPrivacy removes all Flash cookies when you close Firefox. Read more at,

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