If you've been following our Take Back Your Privacy campaign, you've seen our weekly privacy tips. Each week, we offer readers a new way to protect their privacy online through plug-ins, browser tricks, programs, and general privacy best practices. While each tip has merit in its own right, there are a few tips that give you a great amount of control over your online privacy. Without further ado, here are Take Back Your Privacy's Top Five Privacy Tips.
There are two sides to the analytics coin. While a well-meaning web developer might use analytics to help users find the information they're looking for more easily, a more unscrupulous one might be generating an in-depth profile about them, so that they might better enhance their behavioral targeting capabilities.
Ghostery maintains a vast database of analytics providers through its plug-in (available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer). With Ghostery enabled, users can block analytics providers as they will. On every site, Ghostery displays a small purple box showing the analytics trackers running on the current page. If something makes a user feel uncomfortable, they can simply block it.
4. Browser cookie controls