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This week, I'm going to show you how to find out if you are being actively tracked online and how to block it permanently.

 
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This week, I'm going to show you how to find out if you are being actively tracked online and how to block it permanently.
So last week I started this thread discussing the hidden locked files on your PC called index.dat files and how to erase them for good.

Thread: If you think that erasing your internet files with a program protects you...think again.

This week, I'm going to show you how to not only find out if you are being tracked, and which companies/websites are tracking you, but also how to block them for good.

First, to see if you are actually being tracked. (you are) We will go back to that other thread and download one of the index.dat viewers, specifically Index.dat viewer 3.

You can download it for free from here.

[link to www.softpedia.com]

Once you get that installed, open it and it will automatically list every site that you have clicked on (and some that you haven't). If you followed my other thread and didn't erase them already, naughty naughty.

But regardless, you will still have a few from current internet activity. What you need to do is go through that list and start picking out sites names that you know you haven't clicked on.

One example may be imrworldwide.com. They are a known tracking site and sell your records to anybody who will pay for them. They also target you and do so without your permission. If you;re ok with that, this thread isn't for you.

That's just one example but there may be more. If you don't recognize the url that the index.dat viewer displays, do a Google search on it. Chances are it has been discussed in length at various online forums.
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[link to www.abine.com]

This site offers a free do not track me add on that will block over 600 different tracking agencies. The addon apperas to be free but I believe you can pay more and get a better service.

[link to addons.mozilla.org (secure)]

This link is for Firefox users and is absolutely free.

Both will block most tracking companies.

If you're ever worried about new ones popping up in the future, simply run the index.dat viewer again and see if anything strange pops up.

It only takes a few minutes to do all of this.

Well worth it in my opinion.
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For later.

Thx, opie.
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For later.

Thx, opie.
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If you haven't switched over to Firefox yet, you may want to start thinking about it.

I don't know why anybody would even want to use a browser that is not only know to be tracking them live, but also stores those files in your computer, hides them and then locks them so that they can't be deleted by the average user.
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Re: This week, I'm going to show you how to find out if you are being actively tracked online and how to block it permanently.
If you want to see immediately, the websites that track you. There is also a free program called TrackerWatcher and can be downloaded here.

[link to en.softonic.com]

It runs all the time and will alert you to websites that track you.
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Re: This week, I'm going to show you how to find out if you are being actively tracked online and how to block it permanently.
If you want to see immediately, the websites that track you. There is also a free program called TrackerWatcher and can be downloaded here.

[link to en.softonic.com]

It runs all the time and will alert you to websites that track you.
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I just found this link and found out that it's actually an app, but still good for wifi users and tablets, phones, etc.
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If you want to see immediately, the websites that track you. There is also a free program called TrackerWatcher and can be downloaded here.

[link to en.softonic.com]

It runs all the time and will alert you to websites that track you.
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I just found this link and found out that it's actually an app, but still good for wifi users and tablets, phones, etc.
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This one will work for PCs and is free.

[link to download.cnet.com]
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Well this should be pinned. Although we're already probably data-logged to our own detriment.
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Re: This week, I'm going to show you how to find out if you are being actively tracked online and how to block it permanently.
If you want to see immediately, the websites that track you. There is also a free program called TrackerWatcher and can be downloaded here.

[link to en.softonic.com]

It runs all the time and will alert you to websites that track you.
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I just found this link and found out that it's actually an app, but still good for wifi users and tablets, phones, etc.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33746114


This one will work for PCs and is free.

[link to download.cnet.com]
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Sorry free for 7 days before they make you buy a subscription.

Still though, it will give you an idea just how many are out there.

I'm still digging for a free anti tracker though.

Be patient.
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If you haven't switched over to Firefox yet, you may want to start thinking about it.

I don't know why anybody would even want to use a browser that is not only know to be tracking them live, but also stores those files in your computer, hides them and then locks them so that they can't be deleted by the average user.
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Anything for Linux users?
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I've found this so far, you can click around to see if there's one there that you like and is free.

[link to www.google.com (secure)]
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If you haven't switched over to Firefox yet, you may want to start thinking about it.

I don't know why anybody would even want to use a browser that is not only know to be tracking them live, but also stores those files in your computer, hides them and then locks them so that they can't be deleted by the average user.
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Anything for Linux users?
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I have zero experience with Linux. Sorry man.
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Uber-dumb question, so please forgive me...

Why Firefox? I use Chrome and I assume that's no good because Google can track everything, correct? IE completely sucks and I refuse to use it. I'm open to Firefox, but am curious why that's the one you're recommending. TIA for answering!
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I use DNT for Firefox. Since Dec. 5, 2012:

334,282 blocked tracking sites total, GLP has three "social" sites and one company trying to track me everytime I'm here.

Use Firefox and download DNT...they work great in concert with each other, as the OP said.


[link to addons.mozilla.org (secure)]
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Found an addon for Firefox users.

[link to addons.mozilla.org (secure)]

That should just about cover it.

Any questions, feel free to ask.
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I am using a [link to www.godlikeproductions.com] called "gosthery", which blocks most of all trackers on websites which are tracking your browsing.

[link to addons.mozilla.org (secure)]

I also use "trackMeNot" but this addon is already mentioned here
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Uber-dumb question, so please forgive me...

Why Firefox? I use Chrome and I assume that's no good because Google can track everything, correct? IE completely sucks and I refuse to use it. I'm open to Firefox, but am curious why that's the one you're recommending. TIA for answering!
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It doesn't track you like IE does for one. Two, it is fully encrypted on web pages that allow encryption. It also has a wide variety of addons that are extremely useful for just about anything you can think of. They're kinda like apps for PC users.

If enough people are interested I will do a tutorial on encrypting everything on your PC some time in the future. That one can get complicated though.

Firefox is pretty fast as well. thumbs
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Uber-dumb question, so please forgive me...

Why Firefox? I use Chrome and I assume that's no good because Google can track everything, correct? IE completely sucks and I refuse to use it. I'm open to Firefox, but am curious why that's the one you're recommending. TIA for answering!
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And yes, you are correct, Chrome does track you and of course belongs to "do no evil" Google.
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I use DNT for Firefox. Since Dec. 5, 2012:

334,282 blocked tracking sites total, GLP has three "social" sites and one company trying to track me everytime I'm here.

Use Firefox and download DNT...they work great in concert with each other, as the OP said.


[link to addons.mozilla.org (secure)]
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That addon is pretty sweet. Plus it also keeps track of the sites it blocks which I like.

When I look at it and see hundreds of thousands of tracking sites trying to get at me, I kinda smile. lol
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I am using a [link to www.godlikeproductions.com] called "gosthery", which blocks most of all trackers on websites which are tracking your browsing.

[link to addons.mozilla.org (secure)]

I also use "trackMeNot" but this addon is already mentioned here
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Excellent! Thanks for posting that.

I also double and sometimes even triple up on programs to assure I'm covering all bases.
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karma-pinned it !hf

keep up the good work, op ;)
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What do you have for Mac?
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[link to www.privacychoice.org]

Here is a [link to www.godlikeproductions.com] that rates the site your at, according to privacy and tracking, while you're surfing.
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Web tips for the paranoid glpers.

Great thread opie!
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In using DNT this is the kind of info you can research.....look at the list of tracking COMPANIES!

[link to www.donottrackplus.com]
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cnn tracking me, wish i understood computers, i downloaded, as usual i get confused, i had 1300 temp files or something, i cant delete all them, call me stupid i dont care, just a foreign language to me, i clicked on albine and there blocking 6 now, rubicon project, cnn, comscore beacon, all time high 161 blocked. anybody know is there a place that is trusted to clean up youre computer and install this shit properly, i get too frustrated and usually end up fucking the computer up then takes days to get it figured out
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