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Did you know that chess.com loads cookies onto your web browser and uses them to track you once you leave their site? How do you feel about that? It's understandable that they advertise to you while you are here, right, but tracking your movements after you leave their site...is that ethical. Doesn't make the service free right. They should probably give you access to all their kit if they are going to treat you like their child and monitor you internet use.
Don't worry, I have tripled layered my computer with tin foil. I am invulnerable. Oh wait, I forgot to protect my brains. Panic!
Easy fix: Wear your computer on your head. Portable computation devices are always handy as are foil hats. It is like beer hats only better.
EDIT: Add fan hats and beanies to the list of cool hat mutations.
good idea conqiustador
I am not disagreeing with what the initial poster said but i would like to know how that person knows this? What is the source of this information. If it is correct I think it is wrong and should be stopped. At the least everyone should be informed of this when they first sign on.
yes were u a moderator..... iam asking the person who posted the forum
...what website isn't using tracking cookies from third parties?
Don't like it? Your browser most likely has a setting for accepting/rejecting cookies.
Are you just an idiot?
If you don't want cookies, set your browser to have them expire at each session. You will have to sign in with your password whenever you close the site and come back, but you won't have any cookies "tracking" you.
You should also get adequate protection - both Ad Aware and Spybot and similar products have free versions, they do what most antivirus programs don't, and cover different things. But if you use them, and update and run them once a week or so, you can protect yourself from almost everything out there.
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Put simply: we will NEVER share your information with anyone!
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I don't know for others, but for me it sounds like :
"Did you know the IRS is keeping track of your job so they can tax you ?
OMG the freedom is so much infriged..."
To be honest if you typed "chess.com" into google, google now have much more information on you than chess.com does :)
Its called the interent and nothing is ever fully private, its just about trusting which companies with the information you provide.
Its kind of like having to walk into a shop but you have a bike, your not allowed bring your bike into the shop but you have to buy a drink of water.
you need to ask a passerby to watch your bike, you could choose the really rough looking guy with broken handcuffs on his wrists or you can choose the official looking man in a suit.
you get to choose who you trust with your bike
how do you set a computer to reject cookies. and why am I craving cookies now from this thread ?
Some general hints for using the internet
Don't do all your search on Google - use Bing, or whatever else is there
Every now and then, keep clearing your cache
Don't click on ads! (sorry erik!)
If you're done with a site and want to visit some other site, power off your router and switch it back on after 30 seconds and then go visit other sites.
I have Norton antivirus protection installed on my desktop & McAfee on my laptop - every so often these inform me that tracking cookies have been deleted (as well as more serious threats). So equip your PC with some decent software protection & you shouldn't need to worry.
Wouldn't recommend the free downloads because they are not constantly updated & won't give you the highest degree of protection.
Try not to get paranoid about this - tracking cookies are only meant to collect information for marketing purposes. That's about as sinister as they get - now Phishing software is something to worry about !
You can install a number of extensions on FireFox (and presumably Chrome at al, too) to block this kind of tracking behaviour. For example, Ghostery notifies you of all tracking activity taking place on a given page, and gives you the option to block it. No-Script disables java script by default to prevent further invasions through that route. AdBlock Plus blocks pretty much all adverts on the internet. The list goes on.
I think you're right to be wary of allowing this kind of automatic tracking, but I doubt any of those doing it care about you personally. They just want to build an individual profile that they can sell as part of a huge wad of data to advertising people.
I wish there were no reason at all for security measures of any kind, but that's not the world we live in...sad.
Here are some helpful links.
@ buho +1
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