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Is your browser safe against tracking?

Is your browser safe against tracking?
Photo courtesy of Panopticlick

No matter where you go online, there's most likely a hacker or scammer waiting to pounce. On top of that, there are advertisers who follow your activities to show you targeted ads. It's a little bit intrusive, to say the least.

Luckily, there are things you can do to limit who sees where you go and what you do online. Some of those things include installing ad blockers and enabling "Do Not Track" or even using a VPN. But have you taken any of these precautions?

Put your browser's safety and security settings to the test with the Panopticlick site. Put together by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this site collects information about the browser you're using and will tell you your risk level, and what you need to do to improve your security settings.

Head to the Panopticlick site and click on the big, orange "Test Me" button to get started. The site will run its tests and indicate if:

  1. You are blocking ads
  2. You are blocking invisible trackers
  3. Your browser unblocked third parties to honor the "Do Not Track" command
  4. Your browser protects against fingerprinting

Depending on your score, Panopticlick will offer you resources to help get your browser on the up and up. One of those suggestions is installing Privacy Badger, a powerful browser add-on that will keep your web surfing safe and tracker-free.

Privacy Badger detects the third-party domain scripts, images, and ads embedded in the sites that you visit. If there's a tracker or cookie that seems to be following you around, Privacy Badger will stop your browser from loading items from that source. To the advertiser or hacker, it will look like you've disappeared.

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