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Old 07-06-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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Someone is watching me without me knowing it. Spying on me. At the top of this forum are ads for products that I have looked at on amazon.com and other websites.

I guess I'll have to figure out if it's the ones I've viewed on this particular PC or anything I've viewed from any PC.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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All I see is ads on how to become a marine tech or OB mechanic.
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
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What browser do you use? With Mozilla Firefox, all I needed was installation of "Adblock Plus"

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir.../adblock-plus/

Cleans out a lot of other stuff on Yahoo, etc also.
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:09 AM   #4
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GO to your desktop and select Security and Delete Cookies. Also ensure security is enabled through Privacy and select your level of access.
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:52 AM   #5
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Yes, I can delete the cookies. They will come back.

I don't really mind, it's the thought that someone can track what I do on the computer.
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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All I see is ads on how to become a marine tech or OB mechanic.
And you already are one?

I was looking for fender whips so an amazon.com ad came up. My wife had been looking at clothes on JC Penny's website so an ad for Penny's came up.

It's a good thing I wasn't browsing for an escort service!
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:53 AM   #7
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I'm pretty sure the airlines set cookies on your computer when you're fare-shopping. I've looked around then when I went back to the cheapest one, it had miraculously gone up quite a bit. So did the others when I went back.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:10 PM   #8
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What browser do you use? With Mozilla Firefox, all I needed was installation of "Adblock Plus"

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir.../adblock-plus/

Cleans out a lot of other stuff on Yahoo, etc also.

That seems to have done it!

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Old 07-06-2012, 12:29 PM   #9
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All the browsers and ISPs have tracking code in them to find out what websites an individual visits. This data is then provided to advertisers so they can target specific markets. So if you go to boating sites a lot you will get boating ads displayed on the forums and other sites you visit that use ads as an income generator. If you go to car sites you will get automotive ads and so forth. As it was explained to me by a co-worker's son who works for Google writing code for applications like this you can't really turn it off because it works outside your computer. While the settings on your own computer may or may not affect the display of ads, the tracking of what you visit and then the targeting of ad categories to match your visits occurs at the browser or ISP level, not at your computer's level.

So regardless of your computer's settings, the moment you visit a URL this data is noted at Google or Firefox or whoever and the ad targeting process is activated.

This is nothing new, it's just getting more sophisticated.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:31 PM   #10
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I run Aurora browser with adblock plus and Abine DNT.Both of these have sped up my browser and stop all that crap from popping up.Aurora is a different version of FireFox browser.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:42 PM   #11
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I run Aurora browser with adblock plus and Abine DNT.Both of these have sped up my browser and stop all that crap from popping up.Aurora is a different version of FireFox browser.
While those programs do speed up your Web browsing, the data acquisition continues. As Marin stated, it's all indexed to your IP and completely outside of your computers box so to speak.

Ghosting your IP is the only option for the anonymity that most folks assume they have online but even that step is no where near as private as some believe.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #12
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While those programs do speed up your Web browsing, the data acquisition continues. As Marin stated, it's all indexed to your IP and completely outside of your computers box so to speak.

Ghosting your IP is the only option for the anonymity that most folks assume they have online but even that step is no where near as private as some believe.
This is true.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:27 PM   #13
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There will come a day when the IRS tracks your spending through credit cards and bank accounts and compares it to your tax returns.

This will not be a problem for wage earners and salaried employees, but for those working for tips or under the table (or dealing drugs, etc.), it might be the end of their free ride.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:27 AM   #14
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There will come a day when the IRS tracks your spending through credit cards and bank accounts and compares it to your tax returns.

This will not be a problem for wage earners and salaried employees, but for those working for tips or under the table (or dealing drugs, etc.), it might be the end of their free ride.
It's gonna kill me to have to pay taxes on the money I earn through the internet.I don't think I will be able to pay the taxes on the few hundred I make per year.Now you telling me the gooberment will be(is) tracking everything transaction I make.What ever will I do.















I don't think they can do that.It would seem to me to be a serious breech of privacy.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:55 PM   #15
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I experienced the same problem as noted in the airline fares, but I was using one of the search tools. Thought it was just an anomoly.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:58 AM   #16
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Stopped using Google months ago because of the tracking.
Went to "duckduckgo" because they do not track or bubble.
Very happy.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:51 PM   #17
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What browser do you use? With Mozilla Firefox, all I needed was installation of "Adblock Plus"

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir.../adblock-plus/

Cleans out a lot of other stuff on Yahoo, etc also.
I also use Firefox, with Adblock plus, PrivacyChoiced Trackerblocker, Ghostery, and Abine Privacy Suite, not to mention VIPRE anti-virus and firewall... and I don't see any ads.

They can follow me and track me if they want...I'll cure their insomnia in a matter of hours.....
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:24 AM   #18
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I don't read the ads and I don't click on them. My point is, someone is tracking where we go on the Internet. That's a bad trend.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:40 AM   #19
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I don't read the ads and I don't click on them. My point is, someone is tracking where we go on the Internet. That's a bad trend.
Why? I'd much rather get ads that have some reasonable expectation of relevancy rather than ads for crap I have no interest in whatsoever.
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I don't read the ads and I don't click on them. My point is, someone is tracking where we go on the Internet. That's a bad trend.
If that bothers you, you may have to drop off the grid entirely. What with your cell phone, black boxes in your autos, credit card usage, video cams everywhere, ATM usage, etc., etc. - the data miners and "The Man" are able to find out what you're up to and interested in. What you eat, what you drink, how fast you drive, where you go, who you talk to, when and how much.

It is a bad trend and I don't like it either. But .... I don't want to live like OBL in Abbottabad, so, here we are.
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