Ever wonder how many companies are tracking you on the net? Which websites are the worst offenders? Now, Safari and other browsers do allow you to browse anonymously, but that can cause problems with sites that require tracking cookies for log-in purposes. You can also set your browser preferences to only accept cookies from the actual site and not third-party cookies.
I recently found a neat plug-in for Safari that blocks all tracking cookies by default, Do Not Track Plus. This nice freebie is available for Mac or PC, Safari, FIrefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. And did I mention that it’s free? It’s easy to use. Install it, then forget about it. I have yet to find a site where I’ve had to disable it. It appears to work nicely in the background.
Everyone worries about Facebook tracking. Well, according to DNTP, it blocked Facebook from tracking me on 229 other sites. Now, I guarantee that I haven’t visited that many sites since installing it, but I’m sure there are some sites that are tied to FB and tried multiple trackings.
MacNN.com has 6 companies trying to track you.
Our own MacGroup Detroit iBBS has only Google AdSense tracking us. This is about as clean as you can get.
So, if you are worried about being tracked on the web, or if you’re just curious about who is tracking you, try Do Not Track Plus. If nothing else, it’s very interesting.