Computer Tip: Stopping some of the tracking cookies

Just in case you didn’t know, some company could be tracking your surfing habits.

Some of us don’t mind. Others do.

Tracking cookies have been a hot topic. More and more web browsers [well, the recent versions] are including mechanisms to reduce the tracking.

There may be others, but so far Google and ComScore/Sitestat [two of the bigger trackers] have introduced techniques to remove their tracking in your browsers.

Note: For Google, this will not stop you from using any of Google’s services including search, Gmail, and YouTube.

Note: You must repeat these for each web browser you use.

For Google:

  1. Go to https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
  2. Click on the blue button named “Get Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on”.
  3. Depending on your web browser, you will either have to run a small application (for example, Internet Explorer) and follow the directions or the extension/plug in will be installed directly (for example Firefox).
  4. In either case, follow the directions. You will most likely have to give approval to install and update. Restarting the browser is required.

For ComScore/Sitestat:

  1. Go to http://sitestat.com/privacy/?lang=en_US
  2. Scroll down to Preferences. You will see a link in the second line saying “click here”.
  3. Click on that link.
  4. Follow the very simple directions.
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