Sites log your keystrokes and mouse movements in real time, before you click submit.
If you have the uncomfortable sense someone is looking over your shoulder as you surf the Web, you're not being paranoid. A new study finds hundreds of sites—including microsoft.com, adobe.com, and godaddy.com—employ scripts that record visitors' keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior in real time, even before the input is submitted or is later deleted.
Session replay scripts are provided by third-party analytics services that are designed to help site operators better understand how visitors interact with their Web properties and identify specific pages that are confusing or broken. As their name implies, the scripts allow the operators to re-enact individual browsing sessions. Each click, input, and scroll can be recorded and later played back.
A study published last week reported that 482 of the 50,000 most trafficked websites employ such scripts, usually with no clear disclosure. It's not always easy to detect sites that employ such scripts. The actual number is almost certainly much higher, particularly among sites outside the top 50,000 that were studied.
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The net never has been a private afair, it's simply the misconception of the general uninformed user that believes this.
With having worked in IT for far too many years, I've conceded to the fact long ago that I and everyone are being survield when using a pc... there's nothing we can do about, no magic pill, no program, no registry hack.. nothing.
I have to laugh every time some one says they have all the spyware turned off (its an elusion) or there using the tor browser and think nobody can see me, make a doctors appointment on line then the search for some thing on google or look at some thing on amazon or check out there lottery numbers then look at msn news in their edge browser and wow look at the adds that are there its just what you were looking for earlier I wonder how they knew that ! when you go into a retail store at the register they ask you for your email address or your phone number, or you buy an appliance and want insurance on it they ask for the same info. its all about the information gathering game and big money and if that isn't bad enough some hacker hacks one of these information gathering services and steals your information and your money because they cant protect the information .
As with Congress, Big Money can do as it pleases and get laws passed accordingly!!!
Browsing is not the only case where you get "observed". Going shopping with a credit card, a store discount card, answering your phone and others have been channels of finding and keeping track of people activity. Many years ago certain governments were counting on other people reporting, now it's all in the background.
Time to find that little island in the middle of the sea...
I stopped caring about the amount of information Google gets from me years ago. I still run O&O Shut Up 10 in order to squelch much of Windows' telemetry accumulation, but even then I know I can't stop it all, and I'm finding I just don't care.
I guess I'm jaded. I stopped worrying so much about it because the worst they're going to do is send me an ad for Viagra twenty years from now when I can't get it up any longer and complain about it on Facebook or whatever social platform replaces Facebook.
Many apps on various platforms "track for information purposes". Installing a firewall to block such activity is useful.
You are probably paranoid, but that doesn't mean they are not out to get you!
I'm so important everybody is tracking me
The FCC is flushing Net Neutrality.
even if you had the skills to build your own cell phone you still have to have a phone number to send and receive calls and you still would have to use a cell tower so it doesn't make a difference what OS or brand of phone you use , who gives you the phone numbers you use who designates what cell tower is where ?
Resistance is futile, even if I lived in a non tech bubble, no cell phone, no digital TV, no new vehicle , no computer...the banks and revenue Canada know everything about me and don't be fooled that they don't share the information.
There ain't know where to hide..
I don't have to like it... but I accept it.
Create false ID's, red Herrings, all my pets have junk mail folders. Every Mall raffle, Magazine subscription and such is in a pets name. We get Credit Card, Medicare and all kinds of goodies for all our pets, even stuff from Gov.
these stupid things Google and others are selling. You see them in TV ads and they listen to every word being uttered in your home.
Was in a Best Buy yesterday and the young guy there said they can't keep the Google Home thingy in stock...
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shows onscreen everything you do https://clickclickclick.click/
I have just been to greentoe.com website to purchase a mirrorless camera. I entered all required information (full name, postal address, email address etc) but I did not click submit after filling out those fields. I changed my mind and closed my browser. About 1 hour later, I got an email from greentoe telling me how their website works. Yep, they are tracking us. Just because we did not click submit doesn't mean they don't have our info.
I tend to use disposable e-mail addresses when filling out things like that... oh, and after I visit a site like that I always close my browswer so if there are any cookies they are eliminated..
Disposable mailbox (10minutemail) won't work for me on this site because I do want them to contact me if my offer is accepted. It is a legitimate site. I don't use disposable email on many other online retail websites because I want their email. I posted my experience because it seems to fit in this discussion. Many retail companies honor unsubscribe requests.
I understand... I tend to use a disposable email account; 10minutemail.com; mailcatch.com or a couple others flitering around just for the purpose of seeing what I think.. once I'm satisfied the site is legitimate and more or less safe and I want to deal with them, then I use a real email address...
It's just a safe way for me to see what the site seems to do...
about all you can do is clean as much as possible before you go to site. and do same afterward... If for no other reason that it makes you happy you attempted something!!!!
They can't see what I do because before turning the PC on I wear my trusted tin foiled hat
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