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Are You Being Stalked

 

and then seen adverts for those items flash up in various places that you regularly visit. It's no accident. Many major websites sign up for tracking which means that when you go online and browse for something you are thinking of buying or just .....

It's no accident these ads pop up

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Have you ever gone online to look for something you might need to buy, like a kettle or a new ipad, and then seen adverts for those items flash up in various places that you regularly visit. It's no accident. Many major websites sign up for tracking which means that when you go online and browse for something you are thinking of buying or just checking out, this is  stored and fed back to online agencies for use by other websites that sell advertising space. These other websites would include Facebook, Sky News, Sky Sports to name a couple.

It is no coincidence that products you were just browsing for appear on your Facebook profile and various other sites you visit. And don't make the mistake of thinking that because you have your browser settings (Google Chrome, Firefox, Mozilla or Internet Explorer) set to disallow tracking cookies this will protect you. It won't.

Footprints

Wherever you go on the internet, you leave footprints, well more like hob nailed boot prints which advertisers have sneakily realised can help boost their sales. 

We won't bore you with the way they do it nor how they legally get around the EU Cookie laws, suffice to say if you are fed up with being stalked, here are a couple of  quick easy free solutions.

First you can take your name of all the lists of the agents and companies that share your information. The Digital Advertising Alliance (DGAA) has an opt out system in place that many advertisers have signed up to. If you opt out, technically they have signed they will respect your wishes. Here is the link to check how many that are registered with (DGAA) are currently tracking you and how to opt out. The site is very basic but fairly easy to navigate if you want to opt out.

Although opting out of DGAA companies will see a reduction in the incidence of tracking, it won't eradicate it altogether, try to check back to see if any are added so you can remove those.

Ad Blockers

Ad blockers are great and actually help the fight against malware attacks which will we feature in another article. You can buy ad blockers but a great natty free one can be downloaded at Hola.org (link below). It is installed in your browser and you can switch it off - if you wish - for different websites, if you decide you want to see ads on a particular website you visit. It does not affect the running of your browser and the only irritation it seems to cause is when you visit some websites that won't let you see the content until you switch it off. I don't know about you, but any website that is so determined to track me that it won't let me view content with an ad blocker - I don't want to visit anyway.