Research: Forget Cookies, Your Browser Has Fingerprints

Tuesday May 18th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation says that browsers let Web sites create a unique picture of visitors 94 percent of the time.

Computerworld: New research from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that 94 percent of the time, browsers give Web sites the information they need to create a unique picture of users. The sites track users by creating a digital fingerprint--the unique combination of add-ons, fonts, browser version, language, time zone, and other details that distinguish one user from another.

Typical steps users take to protect their privacy may not help."Even if you turn off cookies and you use a proxy to hide your IP address, you could still be tracked," said EFF senior staff technologist Peter Eckersley.

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