[artinfo] what every Browser knows about you
sj at c3.hu
Sat Dec 3 10:16:16 CET 2016
The second you log onto the internet, you start leaving a trace
that's more telling than you think. Browsers can not only identify
where you are in the world, but they collect a ton of other data too,
such as where your mouse is hovering and when you launch a private
browser window. Here's a way to find out exactly what you're leaking.
Point your browser towards this website experiment called "Click" to
get started. A cascade of information will begin to stream down on
the page, from the number of cores your computer has to the movements
your mouse makes.
_Webkay_ also displays a comprehensive list of everything websites
can learn and guess about you, without asking for explicit
permission, based on the data reported by your browser. Not only does
it explain what's collected, it also links to tools you can use to
prevent some of the leaks from happening.
you can install a NoScript browser extension (like _NoScript Security
Suite for Firefox or _ScriptSafe_ for Chrome), which are able to
block a lot of standard website sniffing code from being executed.
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