Monday, May 09, 2016

Ruminating on browser fingerprinting

I was aware of sites using first-party and third-party cookies to track user activity on the web. But the use of browser fingerprinting to uniquely identify a user was quite intriguing.

The following sites can tell you the various unique characteristics of your browser environment that can be tracked by websites.

Browser fingerprinting entails collecting information like your user-agent, IP address, plug-ins installed and their version nos#, timezone, screen resolution, screen size/color dept, fonts installed, etc.

Looks like the only way you can be absolutely sure that you are not being tracked is by using the Tor browser :)