March 2018 Newsletter

**** The 4specs Perspective

Internet Security - Web Usage

This newsletter started after I read an interesting article on how to track cell phone users by their location and send targeted sales messages to their phone. As I started writing this newsletter, the topic expanded too much for one month and I will cover smart phone tracking next month.

You may have noticed after visiting one website, you will see ads related to that website as you move around. This tracking is done through third-party cookies. One of the worst offenders is Facebook tracking you across many sites.

Here is my approach to general Internet tracking and privacy.

Am I paranoid? No, just cautious on the trail I leave. I do close Firefox daily to clear the cookies.

[Added 3/2018 - with all the Facebook publicity on security - there is a new add-on in Firefox called Facebook Container]

I use Edge/Internet Explorer for websites where I want to keep the cookie - banking and Amazon as examples. I use Chrome for personal activities such as a personal email account and hobby sites such as several ham radio sites I use daily.

Feedback, comments and suggestions always appreciated.



Colin Gilboy
Publisher - 4specs
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