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Do You Know? “Ad-Blockers” Make It Easier To Track Your From The Advertisers

Apr 15, 2017
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Privacy is the most important segment in the internet world. Most of us won’t like to reveal our internet activities. But what if i say that your “Ad-Blocker” software might make it easier to track you from the advertisers.

Unbelievable Hun? 😉

A report from PageFair in 2016 have proved that over 615 Millions of devices were using Ad-Block at the end of 2016.

Do You Know? “Ad-Blockers” Make It Easier To Track Your From The Advertisers

I’ve to use Ad Blockers to improve the browsing experience without Ads. But most ad blocking tools are encouraged to track the usage online. Although their jobs done perfectly But makes the usage visible.

In 2010, A report by Electronic Frontier Foundation made us all painfully aware that web browsers did little to protect identifying information. In an update to 2017, French researchers have found that ad-blocking tools do little to stop that years later.

In simple words, Any Extension – Which is attached to identify the information is traced. To ignore it, Jut use Ghostery, A simple tool which protects websites from tracking you.

Running the test on my own browser — with an ad-blocker that claims to prevent me from being tracked and hide identifying information from advertisers — showed that my identity had a fingerprint unique to the 5,653 others who had submitted to the experiment.

You can try it here.

Once approved and the test started, The site was able to provide all the plugins which i use. Even all about the social networks which i was logged in. The tool detects tall the traits which made advertisers to track me. Even at scale there will be few others with my exact screen resolution, time zone, installed plugins, logged-in social networks, etc.

Ethical issues aside, ad-blockers are mostly up to the task at blocking content you don’t want to see. If you’re relying on them for some semblance of privacy from the pyring eyes of advertisers, stop.

> Browser Extension and Login-Leak Experiment on Inria

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