That's one of the things I appreciate about TED - great lectures on just about any subject w/o promoting anything. I suppose there is some "soft" sell just by being the CEO of Mozilla - but it's still cool that they put together the map. If you ever really delve into cleaning cookies, aside from hitting the button, then you already knew how much tracking there was going on behind the scenes. I would get between 5 and 20 "ghost" cookies when going to one site.
I'm not too worried because besides the "Don't track me" option in FF and deleting history on exit, there's not a whole lot of repeat info about me. I've also opted out on, hmmmm what was that site to wholesale opt out? - I'll have to post an update with that. The trick with the opt-out is you need cookies.
I have tried to clean out only the stale bad cookies, but haven't been successful. cCleaner does the best with identifying and not cleaning cookies, but the browsers seem to delete all or nothing (cookies). I suppose that I could systematically build a safe set of cookies and then always use private browsing - but I'm too lazy and too forgetful (ooops, didn't mean to clean history.... again!)
I'll take a look at the add-ons you and Boo noted - thank... both of for bringing those to my attention:
- Do Not Track Plus
Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen
..... More interesting that 'Collusion" only shows you that people are tracking you, but does not allow you to do anything about it like the 'Do Not Track Plus
' add on for Firefox
Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah
..... im now using ghostery
For anyone interested in the track mapping - the add-on can be found here
- as TVeblen mentions, this only maps it for you, it doesn't prevent tracking.