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.

https://amiunique.org/

https://panopticlick.eff.org/

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 :)