Cookies off? No problem, we can track you anyway!

Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.

Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.

Only anonymous data will be collected by this site.

Click here to test how trackable your browser is.

I was pretty shocked when a colleague (thanks Steven!) forwarded me this. Looks like for the really paranoid, you should just simply stop surfing the net altogether.

What Panopticlick does is that it uses publicly available information your browser is willing to share (plugins installed, screen dimensions, colors, fonts, http headers, etc) EVEN if your cookies are disabled, and this information, apparently, is sufficient to uniquely track you (your computer) for practical purposes.

However, there is an upside, i guess. You analytic companies, are you using all these information as a combination to *uniquely* track visitors yet? :)

Original post at garry blogs

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