Prevent Tracking: Protection from Researching Your Internet Activities

Data octopuses such as Google not only store almost every input and every click during the conscious use of Google services, but also track and store as many page views as possible that have been researched with technical tricks outside of their own services.

Do not protect yourself against such tracking, facilitate the creation and potential abuse of very extensive profiles about your person, work and/or institution.

Big Data Kraken Love Small Cookies: Treacherous Cookies

In order to be able to track you permanently and identify you unambiguously, such sniffers assign a number assigned to you, which is stored in the background in a so-called cookie on your PC and transmitted to the sniffers each time you access the site. This number tells the sniffers who is accessing what and thus which profile is to be maintained, regardless of the IP addresses or Internet accesses that may change.

In this way, all searches and page views can be assigned to these unique numbers for years to come. These numbers can in turn be associated with your person – e.g. through logins made over time, by means of certain IP addresses, the traces on your PC or certain searches or patterns of behaviour. Read more at https://futurezone.at.

Shake off Data Kraken

In order to protect yourself from long-term readjustment, you should delete cookies at least every time you close your browser and only allow cookies for the pages you have just visited. Also protect against similarly functioning Flash cookies block JavaScripts from tracking services such as Google Analytics that collect data during execution and are embedded in many pages

You can do this with the following settings, for example:

  • Delete cookies from Firefox
  • Browsers with data protection functions that are relatively easy to set up have corresponding setting options:
  • Open the “Edit” menu and click on “Settings”.
  • In the “Firefox Settings” window that now opens, click on “Privacy”.
  • Here you can make the following settings:
  • Deactivate the option “Accept cookies from third parties”!
  • Set the option “Keep until:” from “until you are no longer valid” (this can take years!) to “until Firefox is closed”.
    Also delete Flash-Cookies and Super-Cookies!

In addition you should consider Flash-Cookies and Super-Cookies! However, a special plugin is required for this:

  • Add e.g. the plugin “Better Privacy”.
    to Firefox. Go to its website and click on “Add to Firefox”.
  • The following window will open:
  • Click on “Install now”. The plugin will now install itself automatically.
  • You will then be prompted to restart Firefox: After the restart “Better Privacy” is active: From now on you will be asked if you want to delete the so-called LSO cookies when you quit Firefox. Confirm this. In this dialog, also activate the automatic deletion of cookies so that you do not have to manually confirm their deletion each time you close Firefox.

Cross-site services

Cross-site services such as Google Ads, Google Analytics, Twitter or Facebook buttons (so-called like buttons) continue to be problematic, as these are not loaded by the provider of the website but always directly by a few companies, which are then informed about the visit to the pages.

Here e.g. Ghostery remedies. However, only if it is explicitly configured to filter such calls, because in the standard configuration only a warning is displayed, but no filtering.

An even simpler replacement for Ghostery with less integration with the advertising industry to be filtered is the new PrivacyBadger from the non-profit organization EFF.

Another way to avoid footprints is when you pay via Bitcoin, it is very popular for gambling payments.

Browser fingerprint

The problem would then remain the unfortunately relatively individual fingerprint of the browser, so that for really reliable untraceability it would indeed be necessary to surf anonymously and with the help of the Torbrowsers falsifying this fingerprint.