It became extremely annoying for me to get targeted ads, since I do most of my shopping online, even groceries. I am a great target for advertising operators :)
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But I don't want to chase options on every online service I use, just to opt-out and protect my privacy. All these options should be off by default in my opinion, or at least you should be warned, no ? I don't know if it's still accurate but there's a law in Europe for this.
Anyways, this is not a new problem. But I realized that while I was shocked by how cookies could breach your privacy +10 years ago, I was not taking any action to protect myself. Let's fix this.
I am trying to fine-tune my browser and change my search habits to make sure I am leaking as less data as possible.
Here's a list of actions I have done, if you have better ideas please
comment, I'll try to keep that list up-to-date.
- Use Firefox and disable third-party cookies. - Activate Do Not Track - there's now a good list of ads companies that should honor it. - Install Cookie Monster to get more control on cookies. - Install the Ghostery pluginto detect and block ads scripts. It's pretty enlightening. - Install HTTPS Everywhere. (nothing really a counter-measure for data leaking but it's safer - use it!)
I have also decided to give a shot to duckduckgo.com instead of google.com for search.They don't track at all. You caninstall the ssl search bar add-on and also tweak your Awesome bar so it uses it too (I set it to https://duckduckgo.com/?q= and it seems to work).
It's been a week of Duck Duck Going, and I like it so far. It's refreshing to use a new search engine. I have not suffered from bad results so far -- nothing compared to what made me move from Altavista to Google a very long time ago :D
And oh... nooo.. what now.. Browser Fingerprint ??!