STOP WEB TRACKERS

Nate Drake ex­plores how to use the Ghostery browser ex­ten­sion and pro­tect your pri­vacy when surf­ing on­line.

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Nate Drake dis­cov­ers how to use the Ghostery browser ex­ten­sion and pro­tect your pri­vacy when surf­ing on­line.

Many web­sites you visit are track­ing you through plac­ing small files named ‘cook­ies’ on your com­puter. This helps them gather in­for­ma­tion about your brows­ing habits and tar­get you with ad­verts. Data col­lec­tion tools (known as ‘trackers’) can be very in­tru­sive. If you wanted a quote for life as­sur­ance for in­stance, would you want an in­sur­ance web­site to know that you’d been brows­ing books on Ama­zon about quit­ting smok­ing?

Luck­ily, a Mi­crosoft Edge browser ex­ten­sion called Ghostery can help stop you from be­ing tracked on­line, block­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions with such com­pa­nies while still en­abling you to surf the web. Bet­ter yet, it displays a handy pur­ple list of com­pa­nies that have tried to track you, as well as what in­for­ma­tion they’re after. In­stall it to­day to make sure your web his­tory stays pri­vate and keep mon­i­tor­ing it reg­u­larly.

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