Find out what your browser is telling Web sites about you
We all know how easy it is to let information slip online, but it can be hard to know exactly what info we're releasing. Stay Invisible is a site that shows exactly what your browser is telling the world.
Try as we might to stay under the radar, our browsing habits are usually pretty easy to track. There are many tools to enhance private browsing, but the first step is figuring out what info you're broadcasting every time you check out a video or follow a link.
Stay Invisible is an online privacy test that reports what information your browser sends to those who care to ask for it. Just navigate to this page and you'll see a quite extensive report. Don't worry if you don't understand every listing; many of them have explanatory links, and the point is more to get an overall picture of your online privacy. If this inspires you to do something, you've got plenty of options:
- Do Not Track Plus is an add-on for most major browsers that blocks sites and ads from tracking you unless you give them permission.
- Here are three pretty simple steps to protect your information and computer when going online.
- And here are five smart ways to beef up your privacy when browsing.
On the off chance that Stay Invisible didn't persuade you to make a change, check out this scary yet hilarious slideshow covering online privacy snafus.