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Are you aware that web sites are tracking you?

Have you ever noticed that the ads that you see on social media and websites show the things that you are interested in? Is it a mere coincidence?

Would you be surprised if I tell you that it is not a coincidence at all? Yes! This is called social media ad targetting. Those ads are specifically delivered to you because the system figured that you are interested in them.

The question is, how did they know what you are interested in? Kinda creepy to think, right? How did now the things that they are interested in?

The text in the image may explain it a bit. But if you read it… it seems too scary to think that these websites are monitoring our activities on the web. One thing, the word ‘spam’ maybe too strong a word in this situation… well at least on some social media sites.

The first question is, how are these trackers downloaded into our computers? The answer is, ‘cookies!`. Those little files that WE ALLOW (Yes! We allowed them) the websites to place into our computers are actually gathering information about us! Sounds scary, right?

However, cookies were first intended in order for web site owners to improve user experience. With cookies, we generally would see content that we want, we don’t have to type again the information that we have already typed in similar forms.

On the other hand, another purpose of these cookies is for profiling and targeted marketing. But this is also good, we don’t get bombarded with ads that we don’t want to see.  And advertisers finance social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Virily up and running.

But here is the scary part… there are third, fourth and even fifth party cookies that are intended to deliver trojan horses and backdoors!

To know more about web trackers, go to these links:

Ok… I think I have said enough scary information… but don’t fret… there are always solutions. One thing I can suggest right now is always clear your ‘Browsing Data’ from your browser.

In my next post, I will share with you how to go about this and how to protect yourself.

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Image source: Screenshot of a warning from my anti-virus.

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I'm a self-taught photographer and artist, hobbyist, nature lover, photo editor. and a self trained web designer and developer.

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