Browsing Trackers Are Eating Your Lunch….

By | October 10, 2023
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Trackers Can Eat You Alive! 

From LinkedIn

It’s common to assume that by browsing the internet companies are collecting boatloads of personal information about you and your devices.

If you go to Amazon and buy some toothpaste via their app or browser, then like idiots, there will be ten different sites showing you toothpaste ads.

No thanks, I just bought some…

Paranoids like me tend to torque down our browsers and refuse Javascript or cookies. Many sites stop functioning and become inaccessible.

We hear about Chinese or Russian cybercriminals always trying to install ransomware on corporate data centers.  They want the information.  Amazon, Google, Adobe and the rest of “the gang” are not far behind in scooping up exposed personal data.

And then we have Accessibility.  Accessibility to a website should be provided to all whether or not we want our personal information harvested right? Once you start shutting down the open valves like popups, cookies, javascript all of a sudden the site does not work. It becomes inaccessible. Maybe the WCAG testers missed that.

Simple Things to Do

  • Don’t use Chrome (or Outlook for that matter)
  • Don’t sign up with your real email. Use a proxy.
  • My email address is [email protected] — Duck sanitizes it for me before forwarding to my real address.
  • Some of the better options than Chrome are Firefox, Opera, Brave (though I heard they laid off some people), and MS Edge.
  • On the mobile, I use DuckDuckGo (they don’t support my Linux desktop yet).
  • Block the trackers on your mobile phone with Duck.
  • There will be situations where the VPN may not like browsing external sites with poor credentials. An example was me trying to use the airport Wifi at Tulsa International. No way Duck would let me. Solution? I could’ve turned duck off but instead opted for nice fast 3G from T-Mobile. Worked great and might even be faster than the WiFi (almost 100 Mbps is fair especially for Oklahoma…:-)
  • It may be time to consider a Chromebook or Linux machine to increase your safety factor. I manage a group on Thin Clients and lots of choices. These days, the speed of application comes down to the speed of your internet connection (unless you are running Windows)

Here are a few pictures for context, real context. These are from my mobile phone this morning October 10th. First one is the main screen showing 36,000 blocks in the last 7 days. Bear in mind that most of that time I was at a KOA campground on a bare minimum internet connection (1.1 Mbps)

Okay, that kind of sets the table I think. Here is a closer look at what they want from my Android phone (Pixel4)

As a PSA I just posted a note on HIPAA and Costco. Costco sued for HIPAA. Allowed Meta to track users on website.

I have the Costco app on my phone. I rarely ever use it (or the website for that matter). Anyway I thought I would open it and navigate to 2 or 3 places and see what was tracked. I went to Shop, then Pharmacy, and then Travel. 360 blocks from just 4 clicks.


Never underestimate the tech companies. As Nick Danger used to say Relentless. They really aren’t much different than the Russian or Chinese hackers trying to install ransomware on your corporate computers.

This is an article by Kiosk Kiosks so a photo of some kiosks is mandated to appear relevant. Here is partial photo of CLEAR line at DIA and TSA Pre on Thursday morning at 6:30am. Line of machines twice as long.

DIA CLEAR Machines

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Author: Staff Writer

Craig Keefner -- With over 40 years in the industry and technology, Craig is widely considered to be an expert in the field. Major early career kiosk projects include Verizon Bill Pay kiosk and hundreds of others. Craig helped start kioskmarketplace and formed the KMA. Note the point of view here is not necessarily the stance of the Kiosk Association or