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How much does the Internet know about you?
You’re surfing your favorite sites, and the ads seem to be for places that are awfully close to where you live, and for products/services you are interested in.
Like the man said about the Thermos bottle that keeps your coffee hot or your sweet tea cold, “how do it know?”
It’s almost accurate to say the Internet is stalking you. It sees you when you’re sleeping, it knows when you’re awake. It probably knows what sites you surf, and what you’re using to surf these sites.
Check out these graphics, and tell me they don’t creep you out:
(Signs by Danasoft – Get Your Sign)
These goofy graphics aren’t anything new. I had these up for a long time on my old blog, and I’ve been meaning to put them up here for some time. Now’s my chance.
Syndicated tech columnist Kim Komando recently ran a piece on this, along with a link to a site that is powered by ip2location.com. When you click on the button below, it’ll bring you to the site with some really interesting information. OK, the linked site has the Kim Komando brand all over it, but … well, admit it, she’s not half bad to look at.
Anyway, click this graphic to find out all the gory details:
I copied/pasted the results from when I ran this test myself. For the record, I was using the wireless Internet system from my day job, running my Acer Aspire One with Bodhi Linux and Google Chrome:
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Here’s what They Know
As I linked this into a social media site (Google+), I saw some of the values in the above box change. I don’t know if it will keep my information or read back yours. Probably the latter.
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Below is from my own readout, and I excised some information that y’all probably didn’t need to know:
- CHARACTER SET
- REFERRER (who told you to come to this page)
- OPERATING SYSTEM
- Default Browser 0
- YOUR TIME
- Mon Jan 09 2012 13:18:36 GMT-0500 (EST)
Sites you’ve visited
Sites must exploit a Web feature to see your history. By default, browsers display links you’ve visited in a different color. And sites can see how a page looks on your computer. If a link changes color, the site knows you’ve visited that link. Using special code, a site can check more than 25,000 links per second!
This page only checks to see if you’ve visited a handful of sites. If nothing is listed above, you haven’t visited one of the sites we checked (or you recently cleared your browsing history).
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If you check the ip2location site itself, you might also find it quite interesting.
I saw that Net Speed entry on my readout (it says DSL) and this probably explains a bit. The wireless connection at work is really poky. But it’s a decent fringe benefit.
I will take the rest of the Komando readout to mean my computer is more secure than most. Unknown operating system, default browser, no history of sites browsed. Very good. Excellent, in fact. The more “unknowns” your readout has, the better.
You put enough of your business out there as it is.
Facebook isn’t exactly known for its stringent privacy practices, so I found this a real hoot.
According to the tech-and-trends aggregator Mashable, you can get a shower curtain with a Facebook page design.
Look, merchandising with online and social media brands isn’t exactly new. Some years ago a lady friend contemplated getting a tattoo of the little AOL Instant Messenger guy; how dated is that?
But now you can wash up, lather, rinse and sing off-key, knowing your privacy is protected by the Facebook brand.
Gee, I feel better already. How ’bout you?
Here’s the link: http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/HtmHQgiA4N4/