Should anyone ever really have a sense of privacy once they hop on the internet. Most people have no clue what, technologically speaking, happens to their data as it leaves their computer to some remote server somewhere.
My philosophy is that any data transmitted over the internet is flat out not private. There are so many middle-men in the process, from your ISP, to root dns servers, cdns and other proxies…
And now, with Facebook’s like button, they can track all of your behavior, including keystrokes without you even being logged in.
However, you can take steps that will mitigate this danger.
- Always visit your sites on SSL(if available) eg facebook and gmail should both have ssl access available
- Flash Player – Change the setting to block all requests to store data. For most people, most flash apps and videos(like youtube), will still be playable. There is absolutely no reason for flash to be storing tracking information.
- Tor – a great way anonyminize your web behavior