A question about stopping trackers from getting computer details

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MariaO
A question about stopping trackers from getting computer details

Ok - so I know how to block trackers thanks to grownupgeek :) I also know that if I am visiting a page that I haven't been to before that it's best if I use a proxy - I'm not very worried about being tracked but why not use it just be on the safeside.

Ok - so here is my question - let's say I'm on a page that I've never visited before so I use a proxy. I am blocking trackers but the person has a tracker that is not on my filter list. So they track me and they only get the IP of the proxy instead of the real IP - but what about the other things that trackers sometimes give - such as browser type/screen resolution/OS etc. How can I stop it from getting those computer details? If I prevent images from loading will it stop it ALL? TIA :)

   

hubby
Re: stopping trackers from getting information

Hmm.. good question.. preventing images from loading wont prevent it completely, but since most trackers that gather data such as browser, screen resolution, etc, are javascript, you might be able to prevent that by disabling it (javascript)..

on the other hand, who cares if they know your browser, screen resolution, etc? heck, dont you change-up screen sizes and browsers when stalking?!

Almost Evil
Re: stopping trackers from getting information

 There are only two trackers that im aware of that still gather browser/computer specific data. No tracker that uses an image to track does that. The two that do, require the user to have an OLD (years old) code that still works, and runs from javascript. You can easily block that by installing NoScript onto firefox.

There is not now, nor has there ever been a tracker that gathers personally identifying data such as name, address, location (beyond IP). The closet they ever came is when they were able to grab and read MySpace cookies and decipher your FriendID.

Theres very little to worry about as far as having your browser information tracked. But as Ive always said, if youre that worried, then perhaps you shouldnt be stalking looking at people you dont want knowing ;)

 

"Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead? Living Dead Girl"

MariaO
Re: stopping trackers from getting information

Thanks - this is great information! :) What about things besides myspace...such as visiting a website or a webpage/blog where the person has something more sophisicated than a mere myspace tracker.  Are trackers capable in the form of flash? If so - how would I prevent flash? Another question if I may - does anyone know what things can hold a "tracker" besides the ones I know of - being images and javascript and possibly flash? I looked on google but didn't get very far. Ooooh another thing I'm very curious about is how to prevent your referrer url and outgoing url from showing up - isn't that user agent related? Apologizing for all the questions but I trust the opinions here very much. Or is there an online tutorial someone can recommend about this stuff. Thanks! :)

hubby
Re: stopping trackers from getting information

i've never heard of using flash as a tracker; but i guess at a minimum it could be used the same way as an image for simple tracking.
The best way to block your referrer is to either use a proxy that hides the referrer, OR, instead of clicking a link, copy the link, open a new browser window or tab, and paste the link - that will take you to the page with no referrer.. The referrer and agent ID are two different things. the referrer shows what site/link you came from, the agentID identifies your web-browser. If you use firefox you can change your agent ID to whatever you want, or use a plugin like user agent switcher to change it.

Almost Evil
Re: stopping trackers from getting information

 Like Hubby said, ive never heard of any tracker- or statistics program- that uses flash. However, anyone who owns ANY domain can set up any URL/image/script to be a "tracker"

For example, on my personally owned website I could make an image, or a page purely for tracking purposes. But it wouldnt be looking for any certain person, just for statistical data.

Im not sure Im clear on why you would care about any websites-myspace or otherwise- knowing what browser you may or may not use? Seems like a lot of concern over something that really doesnt matter. Most websites only used browser type stats to make sure their pages render correctly in all browsers.

 

"Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead? Living Dead Girl"

p to the izzle
Re: A question about stopping trackers from getting ...

Assuming you use a common browser and common OS there shouldn't be any reason to fear this info getting out. I mean if you use Arch Linux and your target knows you do and knows that most people don't use Arch then yes that would be bad. but if you on Windows XP using IE the you blend in with the other 4 squillion people that run that setup.

www.linuxmint.com/ 

tinad
Re: A question about stopping trackers from getting ...

Oddly, I worry about all this stuff too. I was hacked once and it's a terrible thing. I don't even click links on individually run sites. I always type the URL in.

It's amazing how many people are nosy really. Thank you GUG! I have a few friends mention when I visit their myspace profiles and find it strange -- and I've used Firefox since 02-03 and had adblock plus installed for at least a couple of years now and know they aren't lying to me as they've given me the exact time that I've visited and my IP -- that's just creepy. I just don't trust anyone after what happened to me.

So amazingly I can relate to worrying about every little detail. I worry about visiting blogs that really interest me sometimes or signing up at forums -- not here but other places -- because they're run by individuals and who knows if they have Jedi hacking skills!

I've found the best thing you can do is exactly what you're doing which is to educate yourself!

Rant rant, lol! Just letting ya know there's someone out there that worries just as you do MariaO. Probably not warranted but true!

Tina

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