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Archive for October 2012

Oct/12

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Yahoo to ignore IE 10 Do Not Track

From Declan’s article on CNET.

The fight over the “do not track” flag continues.

In the latest version of Internet Explorer (version 10), Microsoft has made “do not track” the default setting. This makes tracking by websites an “opt in” rather than an “opt out” proposition. Privacy advocates have long favored this approach, but advertisers don’t like it.

Yahoo feels so strongly about this that they say that they will ignore the Do Not Track (DNT) flag when coming from IE 10 browsers. The open source Apache web server is also going to come configured to ignore the IE 10 DNT flag.

So, even if you explicitly want Do Not Track, and would have gone in and manually enabled it, you will be tracked by Yahoo anyway.

Ironically, this means that if you actually want to not be tracked, you need to use a different browser and manually enable the setting.

I do appreciate the effort Microsoft, and shame on you Yahoo.

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Choice, an Australian privacy group, has released a paper on how to avoid geo-blocking and price discrimination against Australians.

Their research has shown that prices, especially on IT purchases, are significantly higher for Australians than Americans, even before considering shipping costs.

Using a VPN based privacy service like Anonymizer Universal allows Australians (or anyone else) to use a US IP address to get the best prices.

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Welcome to Anonymizer’s inaugural episode of The Privacy Podcast. Each month, we’ll be posting a new episode focusing on security, privacy, and tips to protect you online.

Today, I talk about non-technical ways your online accounts can be compromised, focusing on email address and password reuse, security questions, and using credit card numbers as security tokens. In part two, I give power user tips for getting the most out of your Anonymizer Nyms account.

Hope you enjoy the first episode in our monthly series of podcasts. Please leave feedback and questions in the comments section of this post.

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