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Are You Trackable?
Chances are, you’re also using a browser that tracks your every move online. Whether via cookies or a browser fingerprint, advertisers can keep track of your online purchases and searches.
As PCMag lead software analyst Michael Muchmore writes, you can delete your cookies, but the bigger threat to your online privacy is browser fingerprinting. Your browser fingerprint can contain your browser type and version, operating system, plug-ins, time zone, language, screen resolution, installed fonts, and other identifying information.
Want to see your fingerprint? The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Cover Your Tracks web page allows you to put your browser’s privacy to the test.
How to Prevent Web Tracking
To prevent or minimize being tracked, start by using a private browser. Apple’s Safari and Microsoft Edge are both options with high ratings from EFF.
If you can’t quit Chrome or another browser that doesn’t offer much tracking protection, use a plug-in that hinders tracking, such as Decentraleyes, DuckDuckGo, PrivacyBadger, or uBlock Origin.
And don’t get fooled by private browsing modes (known as Incognito mode on Google Chrome). They don’t protect you from prying eyes online. They just hide your activity from your local machine’s history.
There’s no such thing as total privacy or perfect security in an online space, but using these tips can make it harder for anyone to track your activity.
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