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Affluent Investor | June 26, 2017

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How to Stop Your Favorite Website From Spying On You

We previously showed the various ways that Google is tracking your online activity, as well as the data the search giant likely has stored about you.

But, it’s not just Google that is quantifying everything you do – pretty much every website is tracking you in some shape or form. Here’s what you need to know, and also a way to keep the trackers at bay.

Today’s infographic is from StudyWeb, and it goes over how different websites engage in tracking users.

These trackers are intended to allow websites to tailor their experience to each user. This way, you’ll see more relevant ads, and your individual preferences will be remembered. While many people appreciate these benefits, others do not believe the trade-off with their privacy is worth it.

If you are a privacy-oriented person and want to take action, the bottom of the infographic gives you step-by-step instructions on how to change your browser preferences on a number of devices to avoid such extensive tracking.

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How you experience the web should be your choice. That’s why being informed about how tracking works and learning how to protect your privacy are both important things to know.

While it’s true that trackers can’t be eliminated completely – mainly because top websites like Google and Amazon have their own proprietary tracking systems – taking these actions can at least help keep them at bay.

 

Originally published on Visual Capitalist.

Visual Capitalist creates and curates enriched visual content focused on emerging trends in business and investing. Founded in 2011 in Vancouver and reaching millions of investors each year, Visual Capitalist’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, The New York Times, Maclean’s, The Vancouver Sun, and Business Insider.

 

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