Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Online Privacy Tougher Than You Can Possibly Imagine

We've all heard the horror stories about online privacy. Google servers read your Gmail, Facebook once sold your data and Google Buzz shared your personal activities with your mail contacts. And that's just the major vendors.

Then there are the legions of Web sites that track what you do so they can sell targeted ads.

There are solutions for those that hate all this as much as I do. Plenty of software titles exist to block these snoops. Problem is these tools can be harder to use than an F-14.

A recent study looked at the usability of nine anti-tracking tools and didn't find much to like.

The problem is each tool has to be set up to match the user's goals. There are various types of tracking, and it is not at all intuitive as to which does what, how to choose what to block and what not to block. Beyond that, once you set these tools up, they are a bit invisible -- some don't tell you exactly what is going on, making it difficult to fine tune your settings.

Do you use anti-tracking software? If so, what tool and how does it work? Share your experience at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/16/2011 at 1:18 PM


Featured

  • Windows Admin Center vs. Hyper-V Manager: What's Better for Managing VMs?

    Microsoft's preferred interface for Windows Server is Windows Admin Center, but can it really replace Hyper-V Manager for managing virtual machines? Brien compares the two management tools.

  • Microsoft Offers More Help on Windows Server 2008 Upgrades

    Microsoft this week published additional help resources for organizations stuck on Windows Server 2008, which fell out of support on Jan. 14.

  • Microsoft Ups Its Carbon Reduction Goals

    Microsoft on Thursday announced a corporatewide carbon reduction effort that aims to make the company "carbon negative" by 2030.

  • How To Dynamically Lock Down an Unattended Windows 10 PC

    One of the biggest security risks in any organization happens when a user walks away from their PC without logging out. Microsoft has the solution (and it's not a password-protected screensaver).

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.