Want to Avoid Big Brother on the Web?

Did you know that almost all large websites track your web browsing activity?

Eric Escobar
1-minute read

Almost all large websites track your web browsing activity. They know the products you browse and where you’re browsing them. As creepy as it sounds to be virtually followed, sometimes it can be helpful.

Every computer has a unique number, sort of like a phone number. This is called an IP address, and it makes sure that the information you are seeking on the internet gets delivered to your computer. When you connect to a website like Google or Facebook, it’s similar to calling someone on the phone. The website uses this IP address to create the connection to your computer. Also, like a phone number’s area code, an IP address can give the website a general of your location.

If you are logged on to a site like eBay or Amazon for example, many of your preferences from these sites are saved on your account. How? As cookies! No, not the chocolate chip kind. Cookies are small text files that contain a few lines of code, so the next time you visit that website, it already knows what you like.

But what if you don't want your online activity tracked?

How can you protect your privacy? Here are 3 ways:

  1. Many web browsers have a “private browsing option” that will delete cookies or history information. Here’s how to turn it on in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
  2. Set your web browser set to automatically delete cookies when you close each internet session.
  3. Turn off locations services in your browser.

For step by step guides on how to do this, check out the Tech Talker Facebook page.

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About the Author

Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.