Web Spies – How To Tackle Them

Posted on 21 October 2010

The moment you come online, prepare yourself for the bad and the ugly. There are sites out there, who are not spammers or “dangerous” but, they tend to be very intrusive.  They forcefully integrate tracking cookies on to your browsers and keep up to date details of your web activities.  Mind you! These sites are not illegal, neither are they your customary low level sites. They are big names, who have been sued in US courts for their intrusive flash cookies that act as web spies.

What Are Tracking Cookies?

Tracking cookies also known as HTTP cookies and browser cookies, are small pieces of text that a web browser picks up and stores as important information.

These cookies are mostly used for site preferences, storing authentication or dealing with any server based sessions.

With current browsers going all on Flash, you have flash cookies that are stored by the browsers.

What Do Web Spies Do?

Web spies such as Clearspring Technologies and Quantcast have been sued because of their penetrating web cookies. They do not back off, even if you have your browsers blocking web cookies. These web spies track all online activities of customers and use them to get targeted ads.

How To Clear Web Spies

The current trend of web spies is to use Adobe’s Flash Player to activate the microphone and webcam of your system remotely, thus gaining full access to your activities. The only way you can prevent this kind of act is to opt for Global Privacy Settings on Adobe Player’s help site. If you do not take care of such activities, you might very well see videos of yourself on YouTube…..  You can also free all current cookies on the browser by running programs such as Better Privacy and Flash Cookie Cleaner. These will help clean any cookies on the computer that could be acting as spies.

Protect Yourself From YouTube

Did you know that YouTube can actually access your camera and microphone? This means that you could go live on this video world and not even know about it. In order to prevent this, you need to right click on a video timeline bar (it could be any video) and get into Settings. When you click the privacy options, it will ensure that no insidious activities are performed through a seemingly harmless video.

Understand the online world has more devils than angels, and if you want to survive out there, you need to give yourself all the protection that could be thought of. No one should be able to make your life a living hell.

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