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20 Mar, 2012 | Posted by: st

Turned Off Tracking,

Have You Now?

Maybe so, maybe not. As we learned a short while ago, Google was found to be bypassing privacy settings in Apple's web browser (Safari) on phones and computers.

At the time, Safari was the only browser that had tracking turned off by default. A page on Google's site, since removed, informed Safari users they could rely on the settings in the browser to prevent tracking.

Google has since stopped the tracking and deleted associated files. Other companies were found to be using techniques similar to Google to bypass privacy settings, and when notified by the Wall Street Journal, were "looking into the matter."

No-Track Button

So, after all that, several of the large Internet companies have agreed to support a do-not-track button that would be embedded into most web browsers.

The button (or option)is currently in most browsers (Firefox has had it for a year, for example), But's just that the tracking companies had not agreed to pay any attention to it, and so ignored the preference.

The caveat: It won't stop all tracking, just like the national do-not-call phone list doesn't stop all unsolicited calls. For example, data to customize ads will not be tracked, and the data won't be used for employment, credit, health-care nor insurance purposes.

However, the data can still be tracked and used for market research and product development (and of course, law enforcement). That's a hole a Mack truck can drive through!

Still Using Password1?

Just checking, since that's the most common password used on business systems (welcome is the second). And why not? It's easy to remember, meets the general password guidelines of starting with (or including) a capital letter, a length of at least 8 characters including a numeral. Problem is, it's also an easy (and obvious) guess for those attempting unauthorized access.

So, change it now! Include non-alphabetic characters, such as $, #, @, & and others. That will prevent successful attacks that try to guess a password by using typical words.

If you have multiple accounts requiring passwords, of course you should use a different password for each one, and even different login IDs.

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