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Web security reminder: block third-party cookies

Third-party cookies allow advertisers and other third parties who are up to no good to track what you are doing on the web. You don’t want that. In Google Chrome, go to Settings > Advanced > Privacy > Content settings and make sure that you check the box to “Block third-party cookies and site data.”

If cookies are so bad, why not block all of them? Well, if you want sites like Facebook or Twitter to remember you, then you need to keep cookies turned on, otherwise you will have to sign in every visit. That’s inconvenient, and you can always gain the privacy of browsing with only local data by using an “incognito window.”

If you select the option to “Block sites from setting any data,” then you won’t even be able to sign in because the site will forget you as soon as you go to another page. And it doesn’t provide any extra privacy, because the site could still track your session by your IP address. I definitely do not recommend this extreme setting.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. thx

    anon

    April 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm

  2. Gracias Lion.

    steve@steve.com

    April 3, 2017 at 10:10 pm

  3. That was a good little reminder. Updated!

    Mike Street Station

    April 4, 2017 at 7:22 am

  4. Great!

    S.J., Esquire

    April 4, 2017 at 11:45 pm

  5. Disabling cookies will do you no good, most sites take advantage of HTML flaws and scripts to keep track of you no matter where you go. Sorry to tell you but cookies are the least of your worries. Load up firefox and noscript and see how many embedded links there are. There are umpteen ways to identify you, there are companies that specifically have network analysers deanonymize you.

    There are people paid 24/7 to take data and extract your information, you’re not going to win this war against a bottomless well of wealthy corporations who are hell bent on making “the market” transparent.

    https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-de-anonymize-user-search-data-with-machine-learning?share=1

    bilded

    April 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm


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