As we surf the web, we don’t just leave a trace on the servers we visit, but advertisers and advertising networks also track our every moves from page to page with the help of cookies on our own machines. The more they know about us, after all, the more personalized their ads can be. While most of us know this is happening, it’s hard to really understand the extend of how many of these tracking services there are. Thanks to Collusion – a new open source Firefox plugin – you can now get a better idea of who is tracking you across the web.
As Martin Bryant points out on The Next Web, there generally isn’t much you can do about these tracking services and their cookies (besides regularly deleting them from your machine – though that also deletes useful ones that remember your settings and passwords). Thanks to Collusion, though, you can now at least get a better idea of who is tracking you.