all this talk about the NSA has helped me to understand how unprivate even my avatar is! imagine the files that the NSA has on Ener Hax! Ener will probably have to pay income tax soon! =p
this intrusion into our privacy is really not cool and sucks overall =(
however, it really isn’t that surprising and, as such, i was a bit miffed that the news made a big deal out of the Pope even being listened in on
i don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say that anyone connected to the web or by phone has been spied on (but how do they hack into the connection between the Pope and God? and does that mean those people are going to Hell?)
hey Bob, God’s talking to the Pope again, grab that line and listen in
BUT . . . even before the NSA revelations, i knew that my data was being scooped up. heck, i even scrape some of your info with Google Analytics. those analytics show me how many visitors come by, how long they stay, what they look at, where they are from (even the town), what their OS is, their monitor resolution, and some other tidbits. i don’t see who you are but i bet Google does!
after all, what do i need that data for?
i used to be obsessed with it but apart from SoaS downloads, i don’t look at it much anymore – so why should i leave it on? for sure Google uses it and makes money from it but what do i care about that?
WordPress collects data on this blog and makes some of it available to me – like the total number of unique visitors per day and search terms that led them here, but i don’t need all that other Google tracking stuff
hmm, i just talked myself into removing the Google Analytics code here and on enerhax.com! (check it out with reveal codes, i just deleted it here!) *i feel so anti-establishment and all heroic* =p
part of what made me make that decision is seeing how much data is actually tracked. i had been using Chrome as my portable USB stick browser until about 6 months ago. it was freezing all the time and the portable version could not be updated. i changed to Firefox Portable and have been very happy with it and you can update it like normal
today i saw a Firefox add-on called Lightbeam and decided to try it out
that’s only 4 websites but my data was actively tracked by 35 sites!
here’s how Lightbeam graphed this tracking (i added the numbers to show my sequence):
so here are the specifics (below) – the main sites and then the connections specifically tracking MY data! i’m going to try it out for an entire day and see how many 1000’s of places collect my info. it’s enough to make you start asking websites to stop tracking you! i know some things are part of convenient services, like gravatar for comments and flickr for embedded photos, but a site like this one doesn’t need to have Google Analytics that are not being used except to make Google more money!
ya see, all those years that you thought someone was spying on you . . . they were! doh! o_O
- wordpress.com (the root of the blog)
- twitter.com (retweet dealio)
- gravatar.com (from a comment)
- google-analytics.com (my analytics but not anymore!)
- quantserve.com (share buttons)
- google.com (sidebar search box)
- googleusercontent.com (google fonts subQuark used AND google analytics)