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  1. #1

    Internet Tracking Cookie Exclude List

    As browser security is really not secure at all these days, I've made my own list of explicit site exclusions to semi-perma-block ad tracking site. There is no real perma-block though and the ad agencies can by pass all your browser settings pretty much anytime they like. It depends on if they follow the "rules" or not and many sites do not follow the "rules". Nothing can help you with an evercookie/zombie cookie though.

    There are doubtless many more sites and it's easy enough for a site to add a URL to their domain alias list but it's something to start with.

    Each browser has their own method for adding exclusions or locking down the browser from unwanted activity, so to use the list you will have to determine which options in your browser to turn off, sometimes there's more than one location that needs to be adjusted.

    Also note, that blocking some of these sites may cause web pages to break or unhappiness with the primary content provider because they are no longer getting revenue by selling your information to the ad agencies eg: Google's not very happy these days as a fair few have turned off all the Google ad trackers.

    The more ubiquitous sites like Facebook and Twitter are another issue that individuals will have to decide what to do about themselves. Most sites and companies use those sites even when they know about the extensive tracking and other harm that can come via accessing the pages (even in Read Only Mode with no Log In). It's evident that the value of your information as passed to those sites is more important as a revenue source/advertising than your privacy but they still need you to click the links to gain even more access to your personal information. People that use those sites voluntarily regularly have already surrendered their privacy, so for them it may not matter how much more tracking is done.

    Good luck and hope you have a safer internet experience!


    Update 07/27/2014

    Really Bad Boy Companies

    This companies place a non-cookie on your system and you cannot block it without specialty software. The trackers are called "canvas fingerprint painters" and can ID a specific computer anywhere in the world and with Big Data behind it: YOU. There are now 13 million sites using this invisible and hard to block tracker.

    AddThis (usa)
    Ligatus (german)
    Plentyoffish (dating site)



    updated list: 07/27/2014

    Code:
    *.2o7.net
    *.adnxs.com
    *.adroll.com
    *.adstream_mjx.ads 		[not sure this is the correct format]
    *.amazon-adsystem.com
    *.atdmt.com 		[bundled with IE / microsoft partner]
    	 		ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atdmt
    *.baynote.net
    *.burstnet.com
    *.casalemedia.com
    *.chartbeat.com
    *.criteo.com
    *.demdex.net
    *.domdex.com		[maybe malware]
    *.dotomi.com
    *.doubleclick.net
    *.dynamicyield.com
    *.ensighten.com
    *.facebook.com
    *.fastclick.net
    *.fbcdn.net
    *.fetchback.com
    *.fimserve.com
    *.googleadservices.com
    *.google-analytics.com
    *.googleapis.com
    *.googlesyndication.com
    *.insightexpressai.com
    *.krxd.net
    *.mediaplex.com
    *.mediavoice.com
    *.meebo.com
    *.msads.net
    *.msn.com		[not sure this will work]
    *.newrelic.com
    *.opbandit.com
    *.openx.net		[maybe malware]
    *.optimizely.com
    *.outbrain.com
    *.quantserve.com
    *.redirectingat.com
    *.revsci.net  		[aka Audience Science]
    *.rfihub.com		[maybe malware]
    *.rubiconproject.com
    *.scorecardresearch.com
    *.serving-sys.com	[maybe malware]
    *.spotxchange.com
    *.tiqcdn.com
    *.troveread.com
    *.turn.com
    *.w4.com
    *.webtrendslive.com
    *.wlxrs.com		[Microsoft ad push]
    *.wunderloop.net
    Last edited by SabrielofLorien; Jul 27 2014 at 11:36 AM. Reason: Updated Cookie List 07/27/2014
    Whoever says “I” creates the “you.” Such is the trap of every conscience. The “I” signifies both solitude and rejection of solitude. Words name things and then replace them. Whoever says tomorrow, denies it. Tomorrow exists only for him who does not seek it. And yesterday? Yesterday is Kolvillàg: a name to forget, a word already forgotten.

    The Oath: A Novel by Elie Wiesel

  2. #2
    I've updated my list of excluded cookies: 05/23/2014

    In the mean time, you can only block so many as there are more cookies than in a package of ChipsAhoy. Literally millions of cookies.

    They all want one thing: you. They want to know everything about you, what you do, where you go, how often you go there, what you want to buy, what you are "thinking" of buying, what you watch, how long you watch for, how often do you watch it, what you eat, how often you eat it, with whom do you eat it. The want to know everything about you and that means EVERYTHING. Your medical records, your health status, your visits to the doctor, psychiatrist, HIV clinic, Drug and Alcohol Rehab. Your church, your religion, your family, your friends and their friends and their friends and their friends. There isn't anything they don't want to know about you. And for the most part, they want to know and keep that information from the time your parents post your first baby photos on FB until the day you die and then they keep it for your children and their children and their children.

    A odd form of immortality.

    For the most part, you can't do anything. You can block the most common ones, but the way all the browsers are setup, blocking all cookies doesn't work and the specific exclusion list has to be manually maintained on each browser you use. Even when you do block a site, compliance with cookie exclusions is purely at the whim of the site you are visiting. While in theory, they are supposed to honor no-cookies or the exclusion list, there are large corporations (such as Google) who do not honor this setting. Sometimes they get found out and retreat from overriding the setting on their end (Google did a bit) but it's not 100% a sure thing.

    It's better than nothing though.

    There are cookie privacy companies that will put you on a white-list/black-list and pump cookie exclusions into your browser via the Tracking Protection Section in IE Manage Add-ons (other browsers have the same option) but it's like the USA Do Not Call (Phone Listing) which simply advertises: This is a valid phone number but please don't call it, which anyone with a phone knows doesn't stop the marketing calls, and the Tracking Protection companies work in a similar same way.


    There is this site that can let you see the cookie listing for a site you enter in their search box. It is a public page from a private corporation. It's value is up to each individual if they want to see "some" of the many cookies on sites you use frequently. You can also see the actually cookies (mostly) from inside the browser as there is an option to look at the active cookies. The returned listing may or may not be accurate, so you can cross reference with what is actually showing up in the browser for that site.

    http://cookiepedia.co.uk/
    (this is not the cookie baking recipe site)


    Report on lotro.com/forums

    Total No of cookies: 26
    Total First party: 8
    Total Third Party: 18
    Total Persistent: 24
    Total Session: 2

    You can click on each section in the report page see a lot of information about each kind of cookie, and what it purports to do.

    ex:

    Third Party Cookies from .fetchback.com

    Cookie name: kwd
    Type: persistent
    Life Span: 1825 days
    Is Secure? No
    Is HTTP Only? No
    Path: /
    Last Seen Date: Not Available
    Purpose: Targeting/Advertising

    What you do with the information, is directly up to you too.
    Whoever says “I” creates the “you.” Such is the trap of every conscience. The “I” signifies both solitude and rejection of solitude. Words name things and then replace them. Whoever says tomorrow, denies it. Tomorrow exists only for him who does not seek it. And yesterday? Yesterday is Kolvillàg: a name to forget, a word already forgotten.

    The Oath: A Novel by Elie Wiesel

  3. #3
    The cookie and privacy wars are still going strong and now some bigger fish are in the pond struggling with the implications of all the "business" tracking going on. Dan Gillmor has a pretty good article in the Guardian newspaper about what happens when you actually turn off all the tracking and surprised at how much is gated by these trackers.

    ht tp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/26/google-ability-follow-users-internet-advertisements
    (url fractured to prevent auto run. remove the space from the header)

    Every now and then, when I try to read an online article, I see nothing but a blank space where the article should appear. Because I run software to block third-party tracking cookies, the publication blocks my access to the article.
    ...
    My inability to read one article isn't just annoying – it's part of a global effort to end internet users' "free lunch" of content. Behind our screens, there is a technological race to extract a price for what we read and watch on the web: our personal information and browsing habits.

    Cookies will eventually fade away and are being replaced by evercookies and supercookies and canvas fingerprinters. Of course end users give away the shop when even have a cell phone much less one of the fancier models with all those "security" options: retina scanners, finger print ID, voice recognition, face recognition, with bluetooth, wifi and mobile data active, which is of interest not just to the business community but to "others" who are not interested in selling you anything at all, except perhaps giving you a one-way trip to some remote tropical island or an extended ocean cruise or maybe habitation at some new location yet unknown to you or your family and friends.

    But the business community is one where end-users can make and say what is and is not OK. Generally business ignores anything that doesn't directly impact their bottom line numbers and so far, a lot of people are dazzled by their own reflections and haven't yet figured out exactly what the price for that reflection really is. Once they do, they find out it's a rather Faustian Bargain, one way only - our way - right this way.


    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faustian_bargain
    (url fractured to prevent auto run. remove the space from the header)


    One of the commenters on Dan Gillmor's article put it quite well.


    The "free internet" stuff isn't free.
    The lunch is not free after all, it is bought indirectly. By increased consumerism from all those millions clicking on websites, and a tiny proportion buing things.
    The support costs nothing, so the rate of return is high.
    ...
    if we want the free stuff, we cannot avoid paying for it, and we're deluding ourselves if we think it is free.
    It will take a bit of a re-think to understand this part. TANSTAAFL works regardless of the method of information delivery. Even charities know there's a quid pro quo needed to get people to donate. Send $X and I'll shave my beard. Send $Y and I'll get a tattoo. It works because people are willing to pay openly and freely for this exchange. The same can be said for businesses too. If they offer something good and the exchange is fair, there's no reason they have to hide behind a 1x1 pixel drawing.


    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quid_pro_quo
    (url fractured to prevent auto run. remove the space from the header)

    The article also lists some privacy tools that people can use to help block the tracking but as he mentioned many sites will just crash or hang if you use them. Some of the tools are also of interest to those "others" and if you even look up information on them (eg on Wikipedia) you will be "on the list" permanently as there's no way to get off the list.




    Ko-Ko, The Lord High Executioner of Titipu

    Act I

    Ko-Ko enters ("Behold the Lord High Executioner"), and asserts himself by reading off a list of people "who would not be missed" if they were executed ("As some day it may happen").

    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mikado
    (url fractured to prevent auto run. remove the space from the header)
    Whoever says “I” creates the “you.” Such is the trap of every conscience. The “I” signifies both solitude and rejection of solitude. Words name things and then replace them. Whoever says tomorrow, denies it. Tomorrow exists only for him who does not seek it. And yesterday? Yesterday is Kolvillàg: a name to forget, a word already forgotten.

    The Oath: A Novel by Elie Wiesel

  4. #4
    I've updated my list of excluded cookies: 07/27/2014


    There are 2 places to exclude the sites listed depending on which browser you use. Once place is under Security/Sites which just blocks a whole site and intended to be a way to prevent going someplace "you don't want to go". The other is under Privacy/Sites which is a specific block to cookies on a site.

    Some browsers are better at blocking than others but the cookie-companies are adept at finding browser exploits and using those to get "their" cookie on your system. This technique includes using a "config text file" and using that to load up the cookies using a back end process. Since most cookies are text files it still works for the cookie-tracker but it is harder to find because it's a config file and doesn't respond to "clear cookies" command because it's not true-blue cookie file. The file can have any name so it's harder to figure out unless you just stumble over it.

    There are efforts underway to provide better "browser hardening" and some browsers have parts of this available. Fully implemented it will shift the game-board some but with evercookies and canvas fingerprinters (an exploit in the HTML5 canvas element) it will still be a challenge.


    Browser hardening

    Browsing the Internet as a least-privilege user account (i.e. without administrator privileges) limits the ability of a security exploit in a web browser from compromising the whole operating system.

    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browser_security#Browser_harde ning
    (url fractured to prevent auto-run. remove the space from the header)
    Last edited by SabrielofLorien; Jul 27 2014 at 12:02 PM. Reason: typos
    Whoever says “I” creates the “you.” Such is the trap of every conscience. The “I” signifies both solitude and rejection of solitude. Words name things and then replace them. Whoever says tomorrow, denies it. Tomorrow exists only for him who does not seek it. And yesterday? Yesterday is Kolvillàg: a name to forget, a word already forgotten.

    The Oath: A Novel by Elie Wiesel

  5. #5
    Persistent Monitoring has been ruled by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to be an attack on the network, regardless of the source. Both the security services and hackers qualify even if one is government sanctioned and the other is of interest to the same people but for different reasons.

    No one has yet ruled that pervasive monitoring of human beings is an attack on the person and certainly some companies are more inclined than others to do this.

    Foursquare an app that tracks places you go and where you "check in" so that everyone knows where you are and can surprise you by "dropping by" while you are doing the weekly marketing, has decided that you no longer need to know that they are tracking you even when you have the app "OFF". Even the Wall Street Journal mentions this as being "creepy". They do have some arcane ways to make "OFF" actually be "OFF" but other apps don't bother.

    There was a mention that Google was investing in a chat monitoring system so they can watch what people are talking about. Makes the NSA's job so much easier if Google does the harvest and then passes on the results to their business partners.

    It's so nice to know that you will be tracked while taking a bio, and that they will push an ad for the latest in personal hygiene products while you wash up and send an alert with a photo confirmation, that you didn't stand at the sink long enough .

    "OFF" doesn't mean "OFF" any more.



    ht tp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/06/foursquare-now-tracks-users-even-when-the-app-is-closed/
    (url fractured to prevent autorun. remove the space from the header)

    A third of smartphone owners surveyed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2012 said they have turned off the location-tracking capability on their devices, and most of those people were motivated by privacy concerns.

    Funny comment exchange on the wsj article

    ht tp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/06/foursquare-now-tracks-users-even-when-the-app-is-closed/
    (url fractured to prevent autorun. remove the space from the header)


    just deleted. i only started using FS this year and was enjoying check-ins for my own tracking purposes. with this new strategy they’ve just made it worthless to me, and now tracking.

    You can turn this feature off in settings.

    Yes, I know, I can turn it off – did it by deleting FS and Swarm.
    Whoever says “I” creates the “you.” Such is the trap of every conscience. The “I” signifies both solitude and rejection of solitude. Words name things and then replace them. Whoever says tomorrow, denies it. Tomorrow exists only for him who does not seek it. And yesterday? Yesterday is Kolvillàg: a name to forget, a word already forgotten.

    The Oath: A Novel by Elie Wiesel

  6. #6
    I moved my email client over to Thunderbird. It's a email aggregator and allows you to collect all your email from all the providers into one interface. Using it avoids having to deal with the Ad-Bombs that you get when you login to the main email services. Although I paid MS for many years to be ad-free, they didn't particually value my payment as much as they "valued my privacy" as a source for their revenue.

    I am not familiar with the technical pluses and minuses of Thunderbird but the following maybe helpful.

    • It uses the same interface style as Firefox so the security settings are pretty easy to find.

    • You have to enter the privacy list in Thunderbird as it does not share the privacy files with Firefox.

    • Disable DOM storage:
      Firefox/Thunderbird Disable DOM Storage:
      Type “about:config” in your address bar and hit enter to view your internal browser settings.
      or
      Tools/Options/General/Advanced Configuration/Config Editor
      Scroll down to "dom.storage.enabled“, right click on it and hit "Toggle“ to disable the

    • If you look on the plugin page you may see the list of active plugins. There may be some that are listed as "vulnerable" and in "theory" should be removed or updated depending on your situation.
      Some items can be removed by the Control Panel/Install-Uninstall programs but some are a bit more challenging to find. Expecially if you have ever had Java on your system. I removed Java a long time ago but it turns out the Java Uninstaller does not uninstall the whole thing, it leaves some remnents behind. There are good instructions on the internet how to remove these rements phyically and with the registry editor. As with anything to do with the registry - BACK UP FIRST, SECOND, THIRD before proceeding (ymmv).

    • If you are looking for where Thunderbird put all the stuff it's located here:
      C:\Users\(yourname)\AppData\Ro aming\Thunderbird
      You can back up this folder for transfer to another pc or archive.

    • For that additional "flair" flip the message into TEXT mode to avoid the HTML-web-bug/web-beacons. I don't know if it will stop them completely but you can read the messages and see all the trackers embedded in the text. Rather startling when you think you have things locked down and it turns out the backdoors are WIDE OPEN.

      You can keep HTML for writing outgoing mail and set the default to TEXT for incoming. If you want to see the HTML version of the message you can flip the view.


      To read messages in TEXT mode:
      Select View | Message Body As | Plain Text from the menu.

      To read messages in HTML mode:
      Select View | Message Body as | Original HTML

    • Setting to prevent auto-opening of the next message so you don't accidently open that junk message with the malware web-beacon in it.

      Tools/Options/Advanced/ Reading & Display
      Reading Panel Section
      Open messages in: A New Tab
      Close message window/tab on move or delete

    There are other security options I have yet to investigate and the main email services like Yahoo and Google are moving quickly to stall end-to-end encryption as a default. How this will roll out or work and how secure the encryption will be is not yet known.



    ht tps://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/
    (url fractured to prevent auto-run. remove the space from the header)
    Whoever says “I” creates the “you.” Such is the trap of every conscience. The “I” signifies both solitude and rejection of solitude. Words name things and then replace them. Whoever says tomorrow, denies it. Tomorrow exists only for him who does not seek it. And yesterday? Yesterday is Kolvillàg: a name to forget, a word already forgotten.

    The Oath: A Novel by Elie Wiesel

  7. #7
    De-Anonymization - fancy word that. It means finding who you are in real life. Tracking your "anonymous" status, uncovering all your email alias addresses and your various user ids or login names. Oh... and this isn't done by the NSA (well they do it too), but by nearly every business on the internet.

    It's part of nearly every (non)Privacy Statement and LOTRO/Warner websites aren't unique in this activity and it's one of a long long list of exceptions in the privacy statements (that no one actually reads or understands).

    One method is to embed tracking codes into email messages sent to you and inside the message are hidden tracers that will put a "tag number" on you. There's a corresponding tag number for the company using the service and with a bit of not-to-difficult data mining, Bob's Your Uncle.

    It's one of those areas that remains hidden because most folks have their email messages set to HTML format. Within HTML formatted messages all sorts of interesting things can be embedded. It's sort of like getting the meta-data with a turbo-charger attached.

    Here's a sample from a recent LOTRO email about October 2014 events. All the URLs are fractured to prevent auto-run. I don't recommend you click on them or your will be tagged as me. Notice how subtly they ask you to enable the images that will embed more tracking...


    Code:
    (sample start)
    
    Email not showing up correctly? Enable images! If that doesn't work, view online here 
    <ht tp://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=a392ff4e9b3094ddc5ed515748000206387a490801e7439d6557b69d8d3e800bffb79c8188509a4a>: 
    
    
    To view an online version of this message in English, click here. 
    <ht tp://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=a392ff4e9b3094ddc5ed515748000206387a490801e7439d6557b69d8d3e800bffb79c8188509a4a> 
    
      · Klicken Sie hier, um die E-Mail in einem Webbrowser anzuzeigen. 
    <ht tp://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=a392ff4e9b3094dd77d2df5a0816cdbdaf00964b3f31ffcb10a132f69dd0137bc1a333942b7b55a2> 
    
      · Cliquez ici pour lire ce message dans un navigateur Web. 
    <ht tp://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=a392ff4e9b3094dd5b11756937f3cd5da8e1d08d9a56cf9fe307e8131f15a3b825c92c758c9b39fe> 
    
    
    Facebook 
    <ht tp://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=a392ff4e9b3094dd8c0a3296bca4b3125a243f7bca3ae1ec159a05aced0b776a1323abca99034bc5> 
    
    Twitter 
    <ht tp://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=a392ff4e9b3094dd02495fc6466b765ea151f13f8ec9031638b7967b1eec2a6893d98f569cd2f723> 
    
    Google+ 
    <ht tp://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=a392ff4e9b3094dd6e16c8c3590955ec4679aa12a6f39095d4be0fed745aa960480b8b68b68c7b35> 
    
    YouTube 
    <ht tp://cl.s6.exct.net/?qs=a392ff4e9b3094ddfde18d5596dd00d0d2f6d3e45bba644437268cc590e33ea880666c81eec24487> 
    
    (sample end but it goes on and on and on in the message)
    And you might notice that none of these links are LOTRO links ... exct.net is a company that specializes in targeted email tracking. That BIG LONG NUMBER is YOU (well me actually) which is why you wouldn't want to click it unless you want to become attached to my tracking profile.

    The interesting sub-section of this is, that LOTRO gets to find more about you but exct.net gets to keep the data too and exct.net will reuse this information about you and your connection to LOTRO. Have you wondered why you get emails for other games? Well exct.net-like companies are very well aware of which games you like an for a small fee, other game companies using exct.net-type services, will get you on their mailing lists too. That's even if Warner has a "do not share" agreement with exct.net. Because why? Why they never read their (non)privacy statements either.

    You can view your own version and reduce the number of these items that auto-activate by switching your email to TEXT mode and stop using HTML mode. Thunderbird email software has this ability as do most others but some will hide this setting. Because why? Why, it makes it harder for you to be tracked once you see a Sea Wall Of Tracking Code appear in a simple email message.

    If you want to see the now infamous MetaData attached to your email, look for a setting that will show you the email message source. It's soooo informative no wonder its the most popular item to harvest, it's open text, it's not encrypted and not encryptable under the current state of the internet. And just to make it a bit more exciting, there are governments that want to enact laws to prohibit any encryption of any part of the message including the message body.

    Here's an example of what you might see in the message source, a web beacon:

    Code:
    (sample start)
    
    <!-- HD RETARGETING PIXEL -->
    <img width="1" height="1" style="border:0" src="HT TP://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/ActivityServer.bs?cn=as&ActivityID=349503&ns=1"/>
    <!-- END HD RETARGETING PIXEL -->
    
    (sample end)
    Now some of these items might be OK but in the world of the bad guys who are interested in such things, any of these lines can be intercepted and hacked to alter the URLs. Then the bogus message which looks exactly like the legitimate message, will redirect you to another site that may look like a duck and walk like a duck but is not a duck.

    I get loads of emails from FedEx for packages that have never been sent to me and if I would just "click here" and enter a few details (OH? Really??!) they will get that never-ordered package to me PDQ.

    It gives retargeting an enhanced meaning.


    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De-anonymization
    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_anonymization
    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_mining
    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_bug
    (urls fractured to prevent auto-run)
    Whoever says “I” creates the “you.” Such is the trap of every conscience. The “I” signifies both solitude and rejection of solitude. Words name things and then replace them. Whoever says tomorrow, denies it. Tomorrow exists only for him who does not seek it. And yesterday? Yesterday is Kolvillàg: a name to forget, a word already forgotten.

    The Oath: A Novel by Elie Wiesel

  8. #8
    Disabling JavaScript for fun and not for their profiteering...

    Java and JavaScript are 2 separate items but are often confused. They have their value and uses but the primary value of JavaScript is the ability to install malware and trackers of all sorts on your system via your browser.

    "Good Corporation Citizens" don't do this of course but not many corporations are really "good citizens" any more and while they may post how much they value your privacy, they value your information which they sell to the highest bidder much more than your privacy.


    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_(programming_language)

    Java is a general-purpose computer programming language that is concurrent, class-based, object-oriented,[11] and specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is intended to let application developers "write once, run anywhere" (WORA),[12] meaning that code that runs on one platform does not need to be recompiled to run on another.[13] Java applications are typically compiled to bytecode that can run on any Java virtual machine (JVM) regardless of computer architecture.


    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript

    JavaScript is a dynamic computer programming language.[5] It is most commonly used as part of web browsers, whose implementations allow client-side scripts to interact with the user, control the browser, communicate asynchronously, and alter the document content that is displayed.

    (urls fractured to prevent auto-run. remove the space from the header)
    One of the more fun things to do to rather mess up this process is to disable one of their most potent tools in harvesting your information which is JavaScript. Without the .js files running in your browser it's a bit harder for them to haul away that treasure trove. It doesn't prevent everything from being harvested but it does mess up the works a lot. Especially for the Marketing Tracker Companies which spend megabucks on writing complex scripts and utilities which are then sold to other companies so they can roll-their-own data harvesting machinery.

    Of course, turning off JavaScript will "break" a lot of sites. It's sort of fun to see which ones belly-up when you access them. If you do want to re-gain access it's a matter of reversing the option. You can ping-pong the setting as often as you like.

    For Internet Explorer:
    1. Open the gear icon, selected Internet Options. Navigate to the Security Tab
    2. Click the Internet Zone Icon and select Customize.
    3. scroll almost to the bottom for the setting: Scripting / Active Scripting
    4. default= enable
      options: disable or prompt

    The "prompt" option is pretty annoying as it will request permission for each .js file to run and most complex websites have loads of .js files. Select "disable" to just turn them all off. Select "enable" to allow them to run.
    Firefox:
    1. In the address bar, type about:config and press enter.
    2. Click "I'll be careful, I promise!" on the warning dialogue box that comes up.
    3. Search for "JavaScript"
    4. Right-click on javascript.enabled and select "Toggle."
      The status should change to "user set" and the preference should become emboldened.
    5. Close the about:config tab
    It's quite amusing to watch websites popup "YOU DISABLED JAVASCRIPT!!! QQQQQQQ!!!!"

    Note: Turning off JavaScript will not turn off all the trackers nor prevent any 3Letter Agency from tracking you. Tracking is a complex business and there are many ways they can get the information about you from other activities you do or from a "helpful" friend blabbing about you on twitter or facebook or perhaps a "helpful" enemy/stalker putting interesting details out in the public sphere.
    Whoever says “I” creates the “you.” Such is the trap of every conscience. The “I” signifies both solitude and rejection of solitude. Words name things and then replace them. Whoever says tomorrow, denies it. Tomorrow exists only for him who does not seek it. And yesterday? Yesterday is Kolvillàg: a name to forget, a word already forgotten.

    The Oath: A Novel by Elie Wiesel

 

 

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