10 Types of Data Your Browser Is Collecting About You Right Now

MakeUseOf | 10/12/2018 | Dan Price
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One of the most significant ways you leak private data while using the internet is through your browser. No VPN can help you; this is largely unconnected to the service they provide.

But what information precisely is being logged? Here are 10 types of data that your browser is (probably) collecting about you.

Browser - Collects - Hardware - Software

Your browser collects data about your hardware and software.

In terms of software, your browser knows your operating system, IP address, browser, and browser plugins. From a hardware standpoint, your browser collects information about your CPU, GPU, and battery.

Amount - Hardware - Software - Data - Browser

To restrict the amount of hardware and software data that your browser leaks, use a privacy-focused plugin like NoScript.

10 Simple Firefox Extensions to Protect Your Privacy

Privacy - Tracking - Cookies - Web - Requests

Sometimes we just want to protect our privacy from simple tracking, cookies, or Web requests. These 10 extensions for Firefox are just that – simple tools that can help with keeping your privacy private.

Your browser knows about your connection to the web. That information includes your IP address and browser speed.

Website - Location - Access - GPS - Coordinates

A website can accurately estimate your location, even if you’ve not given it access to your GPS coordinates. Instead, it can use the Google GeoLocation API. Even if you’re accessing the web from a browser on a mobile device, it will be accurate to within 30 miles.

To stop your browser from leaking your location data, you can use a web proxy to access sites. There lots of free options available.

Browsers - Services - Google - GeoLocation - JavaScript

To stop browsers from using services like Google GeoLocation, you’ll need to disable JavaScript. Again, apps like NoScript can do it for you automatically.

The most well-known data your browser collects about you is your browsing history.

Course - Data - Example - Mid-2018 - Google

Of course, you can delete your browsing data. But even then, it might not be truly gone for good. For example, in mid-2018, it emerged that Google maintains records about the way...
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