Collusion: Watch Yourself Being Tracked Online

Warning, the results of this may scare you — it might be better if you didn’t know. From Mozilla:

Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web. It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between companies and other trackers.

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  • Andrew

    For me it’s currently showing links from disinfo.com to:
    disqus.com, and to scorecardresearch.com
    advertising.com
    facebook.com
    adsonar.com
    doubleclick.net
    cloudfront.net
    stumbleupon.com
    simplereach.com
    atdmt.com
    youtube.com
    linkwithin.com
    twitter.com
    media6degrees.com
    voicefive.com
    amazonaws.com
    mediaplex.com
    33across.com, and to adnx.com
    quantserv.com
    oreck.com

    • Andrew

      I wonder what’ll happen when I put some of these into my hosts file.

      • http://twitter.com/gogogadgetpoet Mike James

        That is a weird statement Andrew. I don’t think it really changes anything. It will only mean there’ll always be a direct connection to those sites, if you put them into your hosts file. Honestly, I really don’t see a difference. Now, if you let down all your firewalls AND put them in your hosts file, different story. As firewalls aren’t naturally geared to allow items from your host file. They’ll even block host file allows.

        • Rex Vestri

            Not if the hosts file entries point to the loopback addy  ;)

          • http://twitter.com/gogogadgetpoet Mike James

            lol. nice!

    • Disinfo_censors_dissent

      See, it’s bad only when corporations like Google or Apple tracks and sells your info.

      When Disinfo tracks and sells your info, it’s totally different. TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

      Nothing to see, citizen. No double-standard. Move along, please.

      • Andrew

        I just can’t understand why you’re not on the standup circuit.

      • Disinfo_censors_dissent_DUMB

        For someone who loves capitalism, you sure do need to learn a lot more about business. I pray you are not pursuing an MBA, your grades probably suck.

        Because, you know, anonymous handles in comments (like the one you have) is just the sort of information that advertisers pay a premium for. Gee, so much information must have be collected in order to set up a troll comment account …

  • Jesus Borg

    I just downloaded it and went back here and its clicking like a mofo!

  • FusionSaint

    I went through all of my most visited sites, by far the worst was http://www.cracked.com They had almost double the outside connections of every other site. Unsurprisingly, http://www.evil.com had the least. 

  • http://twitter.com/alizardx A.Lizard

    I’m running another applet that shows 14 networks would be tracking me ON THIS SITE if it weren’t blocking them. DoNotTrack for Chrome (Linux).

  • Nunzio X

    Might I recommend GHOSTERY and  DO NOT TRACK PLUS?

    Nice little plug-ins, those.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CJQ2WN5RZPWGJJMIV54XCKR6LE LeondroB

       I’m a big fan of noscript personally. Plugin for Firefox. I tested it out on this and the difference is dramatic.

  • Beztur

    common guys the ford foundation ??? 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Foundation

  • DeepCough

    Privacy Guardian ™ is your friend. Download it and use it religiously.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Oh what a tangled web is woven…..

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