When you think of online tracking, what exactly comes to mind? If you’re like the average Internet user you’re most likely picturing tracking cookies placed by marketers as you use the web.
In recent years, people have become aware of the vast amount of tracking that occurs online and now regularly clear their cookies or download privacy software, like DoNotTrackMe, to stop themselves from being tracked. However, there’s more than tracking to consider when you think of full Private Browsing.
Websites are also able to collect information on your browser configuration, even if you have privacy software installed. This is information like what plug-ins & software you have installed, your cookie status, the time zone, fonts, and other features of any particular machine.
Let’s take a look at an infographic to help you understand more…
Does “Private Browsing” actually provide privacy?
Using your browser’s private browsing feature doesn’t provide as much privacy as you would think. While it does hide your browsing history, cookies, and more from people who physically sit down at your computer, it does not stop you from leaving a digital footprint.
What can I do to get closer to real Private Browsing?
To minimize your identity via your browser’s fingerprint, you can use system configuration that many others use, clear your cache and cookies each time you close the browser, and use VPN’s to hide your browsers’ IP address from websites. It is also be a good idea to use the Panopticlick Tool from the EFF to see how unique and trackable your browser fingerprint is.
And as always, you should get a tool like DoNotTrackMe to protect your browsing and personal information as you use the web. Everything you do to protect yourself is a step in the right direction towards true private browsing.
Our friends at WhoIsHostingThis.com came up with a great infographic to clearly show what exactly digital fingerprinting and “private” browsing are, as well as to offer great tips to protect yourself. Enjoy!