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 Post subject: AVG Do Not Track
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:46 am 
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AVG "Do Not Track" is a component of AVG Anti Virus (free). Although when first thinking about it, it seems like a good feature, but does it really stop those who want to track your browsing habits from doing that?

I would think it wouldn't hurt having that feature enabled just as long as it doesn't become annoying and or prevent you from your normal browsing way of doing things.

Is it worth the effort in telling some of these annoying websites to stop tracking me?

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Almost every Web site wants to sell you a product or service.. or give you suggestions on services, per your browsing habits. This is done via "tracking" cookies, tiny files that are constantly sent to your system. Some are more benign than others, for the site's own use. But too many others are sent by third-party outfits that profit from selling your browsing habits.. and may be browsers themselves... checking your keystrokes and mailing lists!!
The "do not track" feature of the newer AVG program lacks true 'watchdog' properties as the previous versions, where you had the tic box for "no third-party cookies".
Whatever brand of AV/firewall program you have, be it free or paid.. there should be a tic box for "no third-party cookies"! Tell those 'cookie dumpers' that you don't want to be tracked, and they may still do so.. at their profit, your loss.

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http://www.ghacks.net/2011/10/18/wipe-2 ... ternative/

Can at least clean up the stuff that was put in there so far...

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