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Old Feb 19, 2012, 1:21 PM   #21
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Speaking of cookies, don't forget LSO's also called flash cookies, they can store up to 100K of data about you. And are NOT affected by browser cookie setting (even though the wikipedia article says they are, I keep finding them on my machines).
In FireFox you can use the "Better Privacy" add in plugin to regularly wipe and control them. Don't know about other browsers.
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Along with all the other good information Jim gave, I always turn off "third party cookies" in the browser. Instructions on how to do so are browser specific, but basically a third-party cookie is used when the web site you visited wants to inform another, entirely unrelated site of your visit. Some uses are legit, but they're usually used for tracking/marketing.
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Old Feb 20, 2012, 2:41 PM   #22
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if your worried about privacy you could always run your web browser in a sandbox
the one i use is called sandboxie and its free.
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 7:46 PM   #23
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There are many tools around to help out with problems like cookies. Now, you may want to allow some cookies, as they can help improve your browsing experience and some sites don't work correctly without them. But, you may not want other sites updating cookies about your habits.

So, you can find a number of tools and browser add-ons to help out. For example, this Firefox add-on allows white listing of sites you want to allow cookies from:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...-with-buttons/

Here's a tool that I install to automatically remove all LSOs (I do not allow any site to store them on my PCs, period):

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...betterprivacy/
I just installed a another product to help out with tracking called Ghostery, after reading about it in John C. Dvorak's article about it here:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400448,00.asp

I remembered this thread when reading about it and figured I'd mention it since I've got it installed in Firefox running in Linux now. I'm also still running the Better Privacy plugin I previously linked to (designed to remove any LSOs, with mine setup to remove all of them each time I exit my browser).

Basically, after installing the Ghostery addon in your browser (and it's available for most popular browsers), just go through the setup wizard and tell it to "select all" when you get to a page showing what it can block (grouped by different categories). Then, if desired, you can add sites to a whitelist later.

It's got a message "bubble" that pops up when you visit pages telling you what it blocks. But, if you find it irritating, you can disable that feature by going into Tools>Ghostery>Manage Ghostery Options in Firefox, then click on the Advanced Tab and uncheck the box for "Show Alert Bubble". The Ghostery addon for other browsers should have a similar options menu.
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 8:08 PM   #24
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I have been running Spywareblaster for several years, for blocking of tracking cookies and some kinds of malware. It funcions with IE and Firefox quite nicely, and plays well with my AVG anti virus. It also allows you to create a backup of your hosts file, as well as a couple other conveniences.
Internet Explorer tracking protection allows you to get a protection list online, which is kept up to date. Of the two browsers I use, (FF and IE), I find that the IE blocking is more effective, judging by how quickly a page such as one on these forums, loads.

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I just installed a another product to help out with tracking called Ghostery, after reading about it in John C. Dvorak's article about it here:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400448,00.asp

I remembered this thread when reading about it and figured I'd mention it since I've got it installed in Firefox running in Linux now. I'm also still running the Better Privacy plugin I previously linked to (designed to remove any LSOs, with mine setup to remove all of them each time I exit my browser).

Basically, after installing the Ghostery addon in your browser (and it's available for most popular browsers), just go through the setup wizard and tell it to "select all" when you get to a page showing what it can block (grouped by different categories). Then, if desired, you can add sites to a whitelist later.

It's got a message "bubble" that pops up when you visit pages telling you what it blocks. But, if you find it irritating, you can disable that feature by going into Tools>Ghostery>Manage Ghostery Options in Firefox, then click on the Advanced Tab and uncheck the box for "Show Alert Bubble". The Ghostery addon for other browsers should have a similar options menu.

I also run Ghostery and like that I can set up/decide what gets tracked.

I don't know if there's an equivalent on the PC side, but on the Mac side is a program called "Little Snitch" - demo mode is full functioning, and free, but only works for 3 hours at a time before it must be reset. Little Snitch tells me if anything on my computer is trying to access the internet, and gives me the choice to allow it or block it, tells me what port it is trying to use, etc. Full version is about $30.
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