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Tech: How does it know my details?

Penny S. 16 Mar 11 - 02:32 PM
Penny S. 16 Mar 11 - 02:36 PM
treewind 16 Mar 11 - 02:47 PM
GUEST,PeterCW 16 Mar 11 - 02:48 PM
Joe Offer 16 Mar 11 - 02:52 PM
Geoff the Duck 16 Mar 11 - 03:15 PM
GUEST,Captain Colin 16 Mar 11 - 03:23 PM
JHW 16 Mar 11 - 03:58 PM
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Penny S. 16 Mar 11 - 04:53 PM
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GUEST,PeterCW 16 Mar 11 - 05:35 PM
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My guru always said 16 Mar 11 - 06:27 PM
artbrooks 16 Mar 11 - 08:55 PM
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Subject: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Penny S.
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 02:32 PM

Some of the time I'm on here, an ad appears between the main threads and BS for webuyanycar.com. A few days ago, I used their site to find an estimate on my car, to compare with the offer from a car dealer. The ad knows the details of my car, and my location. I've checked to see if I have a cookie from the site, and I don't. So how is it doing it, why has it given me a higher estimate than the one emailed to me, and how to I stop it.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Penny S.
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 02:36 PM

And now it's B&Q, and it knows that I've been on their website looking at flush fitting circular ceiling lights.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: treewind
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 02:47 PM

Tracking Cookies
(wikipedia)


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: GUEST,PeterCW
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 02:48 PM

Deetails here


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 02:52 PM

Hi Penny-
Many commercial sites place "tracking cookies" on your computer when you visit, so they can tailor the information they give you if you go back. It's a bit spooky, but it can be helpful. You can set your browser to block such cookies, but that does eliminate the advantages cookies can give you.

I like to use Google Chrome because it seems faster than other browsers. However, it seems to have problems with complicated Websites like Hotmail unless I regularly go to "tools" and deleted Internet files, including cookies. Trouble is, that means I have to go and log in at a number of Websites I visit regularly, like Mudcat. I wish there were a way to clean out the troublesome cookies and leave the ones I want.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 03:15 PM

Joe - there's a new browser named Iron, which claims to be based on Chrome, http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php but without sending tracking data back to Google or other web advertisers.
Quack!
Geoff.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: GUEST,Captain Colin
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 03:23 PM

Joe- you can do this with CCleaner (options/cookies) I believe, which is free. Also with Ashampoo Winoptimiser 6 (which is also free) but only for IE (Clean up system/internet cleaner/edit exceptions/cookie exceptions tab)- maybe later versions of Winoptimiser will give more options


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: JHW
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 03:58 PM

Your Online Choices website says "On this website you'll find information about how behavioural advertising works, further information about cookies and the steps you can take to protect your privacy on the internet."
Also gives you easy tick box optouts from companies OTHER THAN those you've visited who place cookies to assess your advert 'needs'
It got rid of my persistent 'we will buy your car' and 'Travelodge' ads.

Website is www.youronlinechoices.com

(I couldn't get the clickymaker to work tonight. Kept adding mudcat to the url and so turning up 404 not found)


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Gurney
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 04:05 PM

I should think Penny's question is more about the information about her stored elsewhere, rather than the I.D. information inside a cookie. I've noticed that 'elsewhere' information, too, and the internet seems to be eternal, so it stays 'somewhere.'
A little creepy. Is my computer telling others that 'I'm online, sell to me,' or is Mudcat being used as a conduit for sales information?

It is enlightening to websearch yourself. It's surprising how much information about you is available, in your various personas.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Penny S.
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 04:53 PM

Thanks, I've now opted out. But I need to find where those cookies are, as they are not in the usual folder.It is the same.

By the way, I was wrong about the estimate.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Penny S.
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 05:06 PM

Back in the early days of computing, I knew what was what on my hard drive. Temporary files were just that, and I could safely delete them. I've just found stuff dumped on my hard drive which I know absolutely nothing about - what's Prefetch for goodness sake? My netbook is clogged up with stuff I dare not delete, and won't work properly anymore.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: GUEST,PeterCW
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 05:35 PM

Mudcat being used as a conduit for sales information?
Mudcat is an Adsense publisher so yes it is.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Noreen
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 06:18 PM

JHW- you need to put the FULL address into the blickifier, i.e. including http etc., otherwise it is assumed to be part of mudcat.

Penny: looks like prefetch is supposed to be there.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: My guru always said
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 06:27 PM

Ah, this explains things....


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: artbrooks
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 08:55 PM

I use Firefox and its add-on, Add Block Plus, so I mostly don't see on-line ads - including the ones on Mudcat (sorry, Max). Norton kills tracking cookies, and tells me so.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Penny S.
Date: 17 Mar 11 - 02:57 AM

I'm using Firefox, so that's an option. Odd thing is I thought that when I installed the Google Toolbar (now deleted) I had selected not to have tracking cookies...
Prefetch may be important, but it keeps adding new files... I don't have much space on my Eeepc C drive, and i can't direct some programs to the D drive. Irritating.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 17 Mar 11 - 05:07 AM

Prefetch is there to (in theory) make your browser run faster by putting all the stuff it needs to load in one box.

There's probably a cookie add on that will let you delete certain cookies, but I don't know of one off the top of my head. Might add that to the list of pet projects.


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: C-flat
Date: 17 Mar 11 - 06:03 AM

I've noticed this to be more prevelant lately, although in most cases it's a bit redundant as I keep getting ads for things that I've recently bought.
Weird sense of being monitored though.

C-flat (they really are watching me....)


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Subject: RE: Tech: How does it know my details?
From: Penny S.
Date: 17 Mar 11 - 10:35 AM

I hyave fortunately found a site dedicated to clearing Eeepc's, and have a lot more room. Since one of the things it did was delete history, I can't find the site address. But it directed me to a program called CCleaner. It was happy about deleting things I wasn't confident about.
I've googled myself - interesting. Of the things that are me, and not people sharing the same name, a large number are on Christian sites republishing a letter congratulating the writer's self on showing up my ignorance of the Bible in a letter to the Guradian, but without giving a link to my letter.
Some places have my email address. Not a lot I can do about sites with technical questions about devices I use, apart from being careful in future.
Penny


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