Web privacy: Is your ‘Do Not Track’ enabled? Probably not

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by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 12:17 PM

HOUSTON—Microsoft will soon release the latest version of its Web browser Internet Explorer, but a default setting within the update has online advertisers pretty upset.

The setting, or privacy option, is called “Do Not Track.” It aims to block websites from being able to track your online activities. For the first time ever, Internet Explorer will have this option enabled by default (with an option to turn it off during the software installation).

Advertisers don’t like this because they like to target ads directly at you. For instance, if you search for used cars on the Web, don’t be surprised if all the websites you visit from then on show car ads.

The good news is, even with tracking allowed, the advertiser won’t know your name or who you are. They only know what websites you’ve visited or what you’ve searched for.

Understandably, many privacy advocates still have a problem with the tracking.

If you have a problem with it, you can go into your Web browser settings or options and look for “Do Not Track” in the privacy area. Most web browsers include this option, but chances are, it’s not enabled on your computer.

Now what about all those little Internet tracking files websites already left behind on your computer?

There’s a free program I’ve been recommending for years called “CCleaner.” It’s available at ccleaner.com. It works well and cleans all kinds of old data and “gunk” off of your computer.

More on CCleaner: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/

Direct download link: http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/download/8f5102ec6123b87c74a0d9311887d992/

Questions? Comments? Feel free to reach out to Doug on Facebook (facebook.com/KHOUDougDelony) or Twitter (@DougDelonyKHOU)

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