Sunday, December 14, 2014

2 Free Tools: protect your internet privacy, stop pesky ad displays

2 Free Tools: protect your internet privacy, stop pesky ad displays
The other day I was out browsing the web looking at new GMC trucks. The next day, and it's still happening, almost every page I visit in my browser has ads for a GMC truck.

Finally, I came to the realization that the GMC sites I visited had installed a cookie (software code) on my computer and this was creating the GMC ads on those other - non related GMC - pages I was visiting. 

It's no coincidence those GMC ad were appearing every where. As I began talking to other people, many have had similar experiences. 

It's not GMC that is the issue, it's the nature of internet marketing gone bad - IMHO.

Hey, there are all sorts of companies collecting info about you when you surf the web. It's not just  Facebook, Google+,YouTube and the other 'biggies'.

If you don't mind this sort of practice that is literally mining your personal data (behaviors and habits), then do nothing.

And, if you want to retain your privacy in a digital world here are two great - free - tools you can use right now. If you using IE then you are just asking for trouble and you do live in a glass house.

AdBlock Plus - 300 million downloads to date

Adblock Plus blocks all annoying ads on the web by default: video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, flashy banners, pop-ups, pop-unders and much more. Simply install Adblock Plus to your browser (it is available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera) or your Android smartphone or tablet and all intrusive ads are automatically removed from any website you visit.

Disconnect was founded in 2011 by former Google engineers and a consumer-and privacy-rights attorney. We develop award-winning, user-friendly privacy and security software in San Francisco, California. Disconnect exists to help solve an important social issue and our founding principles are reflected in the way we run the company.  Our software also makes your Internet faster and reduces bandwidth consumption, by blocking tracking requests. We strive to give you the Internet on your terms: private, secure and fair.  (Web Site & Download)

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