Mozilla unveils a new privacy tool that allows users to create a FAKE browsing history to get advertisers to think they are someone else
- Mozilla lets people take a walk in someone else's web history with a new tool
- Follow This opens 100 tabs at a time to fake someone's browsing history
- Tabs can be selected using a fake profile including & # 39; doomsday & # 39; and & # 39; filthy rich & # 39;
- The tool adds to Mozilla's growing number of privacy-focused functions
Mozilla is strengthening its rapprochement with privacy-oriented users with a new tool that can fool ad companies through fake web history.
The tool, appropriately titled & # 39; Track This & # 39 ;, was developed by a collaboration between mschf Internet Studios and Mozilla, and allows users to fabricate their history by opening a fake tab for torrent.
The idea is fairly simple: to flood your browsing history with a lot of fake visits – Track This opens up dazzling tabs 100 times – searching a large number of web visits for targeted ad data would be like trying to find a needle in a company haystack .
To further refine the deal for users who want to rid curious advertising agencies of their scent, Track This also gives the process a bit of pleasure by letting you choose a type of compound fake profile that determines which types of tabs are generated.
The influencer option directs users to a stream of skin care products, makeup and more.
The profile options include Hypebeat, Filthy Rich, Doomsday and Influencer, which all have their own unique history.
For example, selecting the Hypebeast option can evoke well-known pop culture websites, such as Complex or various clothing brands such as Supreme or Louis Vuitton, while Doomsday can bring down your web history through a hole of flashlights and canned food.
To use the tool, just go to the browser you want, go to the Track This page and select a profile. Some users, such as Google Chrome users, may need to change their pop-up settings before they descend into tab madness.
As noted by Track This, it is also advisable to open the tabs in a new window to prevent important web pages that may already be open from being lost.
Track This is Mozilla's latest attempt to offer users a more privacy-focused browsing experience.
& # 39; If it feels like the ads you are following on the internet know you a little, it is because they do & & # 39 ;, is the explanation of the company about Track This.
& # 39; That is why we created Track THIS: to bring that view into view from the point of view. & # 39;
Although there are already a large number of tools that protect you from the constant scourge of data mining – many of which, such as ad blockers, are probably more effective in helping you regain anonymity on the web – Track This offers something that that tool offers don't: a sense of independence.
In an interview with Vice, Daniel Greenberg, director of strategy and distribution for mschf said that sense of autonomy is deliberately permeated in Track This.
Mozilla has made a joint effort to scare users away from other browsers such as Google Chrome by incorporating privacy into its experience.
& # 39; These followers and these websites make you really popular and they don't really make you feel like a person & # 39 ;, Greenberg said to Vice.
& # 39; So we wanted to do something visual that would make the user feel like he was in control again. & # 39;
Unlike other coding, ad-blockers oreftier tools such as the use of a virtual private network (VPN), Track This will not prevent users from monitoring their history – such as before they will still see ads on based on their visits – but it gives a sense of satisfaction if you know that those ads are actually tailored to someone else, maybe even someone who & # 39; Filthy Rich & # 39; is.
For Mozilla, features such as Track This will also contribute to their ever-increasing efforts to offer users a more privacy-focused browsing experience.
Earlier this month, the company announced that it will use its browser by default to & # 39; enhanced tracking protection & # 39; to use, making it harder for large technology companies to track movements online.
How does FACEBOOK collect DATA ABOUT USERS WHEN THEY VISIT OTHER SITES?
Facebook is embroiled in a huge data scandal after it became known that at least 87 million user data were harvested without their knowledge.
Much attention has been paid to how the company collects data when users are on the site.
In a new blog post, Facebook has provided more information about how it tracks users when they leave the site.
It also means that non-Facebook users are also followed while surfing the internet.
Here are some Facebook services and plug-ins that collect information about users when they are not on the site:
- Many sites have & # 39; I like & # 39; – and & # 39; Share & # 39; buttons that connect to Facebook, while many apps or sites & # 39; Facebook login & # 39; with which you can log in to another site or app with your Facebook account
- This will collect your IP address, browser and operating system information and the address of the website or app that you use.
- The company says it helps websites and apps & # 39; better understand & # 39; how people use their services.
- It provides websites and apps with information about which users visit their site, based on demographic data such as age, gender and location, as well as what they click and how much time they spend on the website.
- This collects your IP address, browser information and cookies.
Facebook advertisements and measuring instruments
- Allows websites and apps to display ads from Facebook advertisers, display their ads on Facebook or elsewhere, and collect more data about advertising campaigns.
- The most important services of Facebook for this are the Facebook Audience Network, Facebook Pixel and Facebook advertising measurement.
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