Companies and website operators are tracking (tacking) our activities on the Internet.
On most websites there are also built-in tracking codes, ie small programming lines that are used on the one hand to statistically record the visitors and their behavior. But also unique identification features of the website visitors are stored. Although these are not always accessible to the website (for privacy reasons), these are available to the companies that create the trackers or statistics. e.g. Google Analytics.
But it is very easy to block these codes (SCRIPT):
- Block directly in your own browser
- Use a proxy server that filters out this content
I clearly recommend the first way!
There are very simple tools that make it possible to block targeted when calling web pages, all tracking codes and advertising. If these codes are not called, the visitor will not appear in the statistics and can not be tracked. Of course, there will be no advertising on the websites, as the advertisement will only be displayed, if you can also record it statistically. The fact that this is done on your own device, in the browser, you also have control over it and can also allow individual codes on individual websites.
The browser extensions of Ghostery are recommended!
There are on the Website of Ghostery Extensions for all popular browsers, completely free. There are even the most important mobile operating systems with free apps available, such as Android, Apple iOS or Firefox for Android. With Ghostery you can block advertisements as well as tracking codes before they are loaded, which leaves you invisible for the statistician as well as for the advertising industry.
Ghostery browser extension
Why a proxy server can pose a threat to privacy!
Because one Using a proxy server can be very risky, Proxy server and its operators can not only recognize all the contents of it (even SSL encrypted websites can be decrypted without transparency for the users) but also create and save extensive statistics and records of all user activities! It is also possible to deliberately manipulate data received or sent! So if you can not trust the provider of the proxy service to 101% then you should never do this!
There are also VPNVendors who promise to block tracking codes as well as advertisements on websites. "Cyber Ghost VPN"Offers this service. At first glance, this also looks like a convenient and complete solution.
And indeed, it also brings benefits in daily use on multiple devices. Sure, you just do not have to worry about it, either on the PC or on the smartphone and it reduces the likelihood of being tracked by these "trackers".
The problem I have with VPNProvider Tracking Blocker is see:
- You have no control over what is actually blocked. As a result, on the one hand unpleasant trackers can still be loaded and you can not recognize this
- and further, you can not turn it off selectively, which may cause problems viewing or using web pages
- And the privacy advantage over your own VPNProvider is also constrained by the use of proxy servers, theoretically, this allows him to view, manipulate and save all my activities. And there is no limitless trust.
TIP: I clearly prefer the method of being able to choose what I see or block. I do not want one either VPNProviders that could record or even manipulate my data through the use of proxy servers.