October 15th, 2012 by ElizaP
That’s the question that a new Firefox and Chrome add-on is attempting
to answer. The add-on, called Privacyfix takes stock of how you spent your time
with internet service providers Atlanta on Google over a month’s time, stretches that average usage over one year, and then comes up with an estimate for the amount of value per search.
For Facebook, the add-on offers users a number of alerts and warnings about the things they should be doing with their accounts, such as altering their privacy settings and deleting Facebook apps you no longer use. This appears to be a valuable app for Facebook users, who are applying the add-on’s suggested privacy measures. The add-on also shows users how far Facebook and Google track them across the internet.
March 29th, 2012 by ElizaP
It was announced today that Yahoo will be installing ‘do not track‘ options in all of its global sites in time for this summer. This is much earlier than Google, who said it would be offering a do not track option in its Chrome browser by the end of this year. The technology is currently available in three browsers – Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari – and has been available for a long while. But this newest move by Yahoo to install the technology across its network will add another layer of security for surfers who don’t want their activities tracked. However, the technology isn’t currently supported by all sites, simply because they haven’t been tweaked to allow cooperation with it. Yahoo’s backing of the installation does give it more clout, though, and it is hoped that more sites will implement the technology as time goes on.