S: Online Tracking! By: Matthew Vasko
BC: Photo #1: Cookies availabe at: Flickr April 18, 2010 Photo #2:'Runway at Sky Harbor Airport' available at Flickr October 9th, 2009 Photo #3: 'Dickens Village - Teaman & Crupp Fine English China' available at Flickr December 9th, 2008 Photo #4: Computer screen available at Flickr September 4th, 2009 Photo #5:Crying kid available at Flickr March 26, 2008 Photo #6: Dog looking at computer screen available at: Flickr December 5th, 2008 Photo #7: Spam available at Flickr May 29th, 2007
FC: Online Tracking! By: Matthew Vasko
1: Cookies are tools used by internet companies to track your every move online. Not the cookies you eat!
2: I am going to give you SEVEN GREAT TIPS on how to stay safe online! If you follow these, you will be able to avoid unwanted emails, viruses, embarrassing advertisements and more! When you do ANYTHING online, companies use tracking cookies and store them on your computer. What those do is tell the company exactly what web pages you have been browsing or items you have been looking for. This can be good for companies, as it puts advertisements and products in visible places on your internet browser that appeal to you. Well these companies are not always correct with their predictions and they can get pretty annoying at times.
4: Tip #1: If you read your emails while offline, it will prevent an email web bag from being transferred to your computer. Believe it or not, viruses that can destroy your computer can be contained in emails!
5: Tip #2: You can often opt out of behavioral tracking networks! Some examples are when you sign up for the "apps" on Facebook or on your phone, most people do not read the fine print that says, by checking this box, you agree to our privacy statements. The privacy statements usually state that the company will sell off your information to "better your browsing experience. While really, they are just trying to get you to agree to them sending you spam.
6: Tip #3: Avoid using the same website for both your email and your search engine! It may not sound like a bad idea but now days, companies such as Google spam your email with things based on what you have searched for. Same with the email, if you get emails for certain products, your search results may differ from another person's thanks to "personalized search".
7: Tip #4: Avoid downloading search engine toolbars. They may permit the collection of information about your web surfing habits. Once again, it will change your browsing experience...for the better or the worse depending on what you look up.
8: Tip #5: Disable automatic sign ins because Google, for example, combines information about you from most of its services. They include Gmail, Youtube, the search engine, and more!
10: Tip #6: Determine your audience. This is possible to do through security settings on Facebook, blogs, etc. You don't want companies that spam your email to look at your blog and find more things to spam you with.
12: The final tip, tip #7 is...avoid deals that are too good to be true! They are all scams to get you to provide your address and credit card information so they can get their money, and RUIN YOUR LIFE!
13: Follow those tips and you will maintain a pleasant browsing experience!