Many sites gather information about your machine. They can tweak design elements for your visit. If your Internet speed is slow, for example, they can automatically change a video’s resolution.
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Software and IP address
So, for starters, sites know what browser and operating system you use. They can also see the language you speak. A malicious site can target specific vulnerabilities in your browser.
Sites also know your IP address. Your IP address identifies your computer on the Internet. It reveals your Internet provider. Undoubtedly, you've seen ads tailored for your location. Now you know why.