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Why does my college website have advertising trackers?

Today I installed Ghostery, which is supposed to flag and block advertising trackers, analytics, and beacons. When I visited my college's homepage I found that the site used the trackers adap.tv and Trade Desk and the beacon Rocket Fuel. This alarmed me. I checked a dozen other college websites. None had any ad trackers. So...why would my school have ad trackers on its website? Am I right to feel a bit creeped out by this?
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me keep from feeling like I'm on Big Brother.

I value my privacy, and knowing that people I don't really know can easily discover my current physical location makes me feel queasy inside. How can I use the internet/social without basically shouting to the rest of the internet "this is where my body is right NOW!"? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Mar 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Google lawyer, Main Street cost

Can anyone refer me to an attorney or paralegal who is very experienced at writing the various types of legalese needed for web sites/apps, desktop software, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Jan 30, 2014 - 3 answers

How can someone stay on the grid but minimize government tracking?

Suppose I want to use my phone and computer like a normal human being (I do not want to jump through lots of annoying technical hoops every time I make a call or send email or browse a web page), but I want to minimize how much government agencies can learn about me. What are some reasonably cheap (free is best) and transparent methods or tools or products I could use? And what are some more secure (if more elaborate and annoying) methods I could use supposing I didn't mind jumping through a few extra hoops every once in a while if the stakes were high enough?
posted by pracowity on Jan 20, 2014 - 11 answers

What is the best way to "purge" my information from the internet?

I'm interested in what people have done to find and then delete their personal information (address, especially) from online directories. I've deleted my info from WhitePages and Spokeo, but I'm wondering what other sites I should look at or if there's a master directory of some sort out there. Googling doesn't turn up much, but I know my information could still be out there. Thank you.
posted by madonna of the unloved on Dec 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Computers and kids

I have one laptop in the house and one smartphone in the house. Both of these have my personal photos, texts, emails, etc on them. I also have one smart 10 year old in the house who uses these devices to google things, play games, type assignments, etc. How do I keep my personal stuff out of the site of my kiddo? [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 25, 2013 - 8 answers

How to hide my Internet usage

The Router At my new apartment tracks all my Internet usage. Is there a way to hide it? I don't know much about vpns, But are they the solution? If so I would be willing to pay for a good one. Suggestions?
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 29 answers

Suspending employee access to email account

What are the laws and or regulations about "possession" of employee/company email after an employee is terminated? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Dec 27, 2012 - 14 answers

My Friend Had Compromising Info Stolen; Please Help Me Help Him!

A friend has had an old Hotmail account hacked. The hacker used information in the archives there to access a YouTube account where apparently some compromising videos were uploaded. The hacker copied the videos to another YouTube account, and then sent links to the videos to my friend's family - and worse still, to members of the executive board of the nonprofit organization by whom my friend is (was?) employed. He reached out desperately to me, but I know nothing but the most basic things about Internet security and privacy law... [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle on Jul 31, 2012 - 13 answers

What are examples of apps/sites/experiments that have shamed/exposed people sharing their info online?

I'm looking for examples of apps, websites, or experiments that have exposed people sharing their information online, or that sought to raise awareness about info being explicitly or accidentally shared. I'd love your help. [more inside]
posted by waxpancake on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Guidance regarding a tween's internet usage

I am seeking ideas on guidelines for internet usage and privacy for a 12-year-old girl. She is pretty internet-savvy but not publicly sharing info yet (just email), and I'd like to guide her well as she begins to do so. [more inside]
posted by marble on Feb 11, 2012 - 13 answers

If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?

If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?
posted by vash on Feb 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Is it creepy to Google people? [non-dating-filter]

Do you think it's creepy when you find out someone has Googled you? Semi-related to previous questions about Googling dates, but my date isn't the Googler. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 - 46 answers

Internet security and privacy blogs

What are some good internet security forums / blogs to follow? [more inside]
posted by Arbitrage1 on Jan 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Help Me Lock It Down!

Looking to implement the most effective reasonable set of best practices for preserving internet privacy and blocking commercial data harvesting. Seeking tips, tricks, hacks, and useful online resources. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Nov 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Seeking sources for an article on privacy

For an article on culture and privacy, I'm looking for sources to discuss the "new" privacy, specifically as to how the internet and reality-TV culture have changed what constitutes privacy. I'm hitting a wall at Google, and HelpAReporter has not yet helped. Sources and suggestions, dear MeFites? Many thanks.
posted by cyndigo on Oct 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Am I Wiki-Defamed Forever?

Someone wrote nasty, upsetting things about me on the Wikipedia page about me. I edited them out, but they're on the edit history page forever, right? Anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 - 22 answers

"Pardon me, your metadata is showing."

Thinking out loud - after reading many articles on the G+ naming problem, it occurred to me all the myriad ways that someone using a pseudonym could accidentally expose their real name. [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Jul 26, 2011 - 26 answers

Keeping the identity of a secret admirer... secret

How anonymous is my anonymous gmail account? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on May 25, 2011 - 21 answers

Why do you need to see my face to read my opinion

Why are so many sites these days switching to Facebook commenting systems? Am I really so unique in not wanting neither my real name/photo splashed across the pages of a thousand websites nor my opinions on various hobbies and secret interests published on Facebook for all my acquaintances to view? And what can I do to work around this system? [more inside]
posted by acidic on May 16, 2011 - 22 answers

What are the practical and ethical issues regarding using pen names on internet sites that expect people to use their real name?

What are the practical and ethical issues regarding using pen names on internet sites that expect people to use their real name? [more inside]
posted by philipy on May 12, 2011 - 11 answers

50megs is runing my rep.

15 years ago, as a teenager, I wrote a fanfic about a sexual encounter and published it under my real name. One of the archives with this story has resurfaced on a new server, www.50megs.com, unbeknownst to the original owner of the archive. She's tried to have the page removed but to no avail; I've also been in touch with the new host of the site but have been told to just contact the owner - who no longer really owns it. What can I/we do to get this page down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 - 14 answers

VPN and SSL - Expert Held Needed!

VPN/SSL question - Expert Help Needed! I would like to connect to a Usenet provider through a VPN. The Usenet provider offers an SSL connection. The VPN will be an OpenVPN connection. My understanding is that, under this scenario: the usenet provider will know what files I download but not my IP address or who I am (setting aside billing information), while the VPN provider will know my IP address and what Usenet provider I connect to, but not what files I download. Is that correct? [more inside]
posted by trystero on Mar 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Wait, maybe I SHOULDN'T blog about this

What are some things, either from your experience or that of others, that one should avoid or at least think twice before sharing on the internet (namely through blogs, twitter, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Feb 7, 2011 - 28 answers

Help me get my back back.

Facebook is showing a naked picture of my back (with a distinctive tattoo) on one of their banner ads. I did not authorize and do not like this. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 10 answers

umm.. do I know you?

I occasionally pick up Twitter followers that appear to be bogus accounts (e.g. today's follower has stats of 1 tweet, following 640 people, 0 followers). What's up with these accounts? What's the motivation behind them? What are people trying to accomplish?
posted by swngnmonk on Jul 27, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I compel removal of my personal info from Internet searches?

What legal recourse do I have to force a publisher of my personal information on the Internet to remove it? [more inside]
posted by QuestionableSwami on Jun 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Where is the line?

What legal barriers prevent ISPs from violating their users' privacy? [more inside]
posted by finite on Apr 20, 2010 - 6 answers

When using my university's internet connection, how much of my internet usage can they see?

I access the internet in a university halls of residence, with internet access provided by the university. How much of my web browsing is private? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Please help me understand cookies (the interwebs kind).

Please help me understand cookies (the interwebs kind) [more inside]
posted by lalex on Feb 26, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I remove my personal information from Zabasearch and other directory websites?

How do I remove my personal information from Zabasearch? And while I'm on the topic, are there other directory websites I should be concerned about and how would I go about removing my information from those? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Maintaining my ability to one day run for City Council

Can some of you amazing Internet security people explain to me how cautious I need to be about what I do online? Is there a way to explore ideas online that are ideas you'd normally keep private? Or -- do I perhaps not need to worry about this, given the way opposition research and government confirmations actually work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 - 11 answers

How can I use a computer securely and privately

How can a competent but not technical geek person browse internet as securely and privately as possible, keep files private on a pc etc? Linux distro? specifics - [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jun 8, 2009 - 12 answers

Internet autobiography - safe?

Writing about yourself on the internet - safe or unsafe? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo on Dec 5, 2008 - 22 answers

WorkFriendly.net has been gone for a while, though I'm looking for other potential websites that do the same job.

WorkFriendly.net has been gone for a while, though I'm looking for other potential websites that do the same job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 - 4 answers

Is my livejournal now visible to my employer because my friend accesses livejournal from work?

I have a friend who browses the internet at work. She thinks she has our company's internet monitoring program beat by surfing through Lotus Notes. Recently I've discovered she's been logging into livejournal from work, and I'm concerned because my security is friends-only (and she is on my friends list). Is she right about surfing with Lotus Notes, or am I screwed as far as the company now having access to my livejournal?
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2008 - 18 answers

Receiving money, without the buyers knowing my real name?

I would like to receive money from people, but I don't want them to have my real name or contact information. Can I do this through Paypal, or what are my other options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2008 - 4 answers

I'm looking for a quiet and discreet place where awesome people gather.

Where can I anonymously complain on the internets? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2008 - 18 answers

web privacy at work?

How my web privacy do I have when I use the internet at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2008 - 28 answers

Pandora's box

Oh, Christ. I just clicked on someone's profile on Facebook. I really don't want them to know I found them there. If it's an open profile, meaning a relative stranger could find it and open it with no restrictions, will this person get any kind of notification that I viewed it?
posted by pomegranate on Jan 16, 2008 - 23 answers

What does browser encryption protect me from?

When my browsing and downloading is "encrypted," who or what am I protecting myself from? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on Jan 9, 2008 - 18 answers

My very own NORAD

As part of my work for a client I've begun researching online privacy, cryptography, and other sundry ways of protecting oneself online. And I'm now completely creeped out and must switch NOW to uncrackable passwords, multiple email accounts, encrypting the crap out of everything I do, and generally making sure that only the things I want public on the internet are publicly accessible. But we run into the question - how do I do that without driving myself nuts trying to remember my passwords, convince everyone I know to use encrypted communication, and maintain a reasonable amount of privacy in my web surfing? And how do I do that after 8 years of webwhorage where I wasn't too concerned who knew what about me? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Dec 28, 2007 - 15 answers

How can I contact an anonymous domain name holder?

So I'm starting a business and someone has registered the domain name that would go perfectly with it, and then done nothing. It still has the register.com "Clevername.com is coming soon to Register.com" page at the domain even though it has been registered for several months now. Now here's the tricky part: They use register.com's private domain feature which means that all the whois information goes to domain discreet, a company which shortstops all your whois information for clients. [more inside]
posted by frieze on Dec 7, 2007 - 9 answers

How does one commission a Firefox Extension/ Greasemonkey script?

How does one go about hiring someone to create a specific Greasemonkey script or Firefox extension for them? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Sep 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Gray is the Color of the Day

Looking for a Firefox extension or alternative browser that allows for web pages to be grayed out (specifically images) a la Ghostzilla. [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Aug 10, 2007 - 4 answers

Is our landlord allowed to monitor our internet?

It seems our new office building's landlord is monitoring and logging our internet traffic. Is this OK? [more inside]
posted by negatendo on May 11, 2007 - 13 answers

LegaleseFilter: How does AT&T's new DSL privacy policy compare to my current provider's?

LegaleseFilter: How does AT&T's new DSL privacy policy compare to my current provider's? Obviously, lawyers or other such persons will be most helpful here. [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 on Jun 30, 2006 - 0 answers

Posting someone else's email address on a public website. Is it legal?

Is it legal to post someone else's email address on a public website? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Apr 22, 2005 - 10 answers

How to publicize a useful experience anonymously?

Let's say you've had an experience and written about it. And let's say it's something others on the internet might want to know about. And let's say you have it saved as a simple html doc and would like to get it out there, accessible via Google, etc. And let's say you'd like perfect anonymity. What can you do to get it out there and indexed but not traceable? Free? Anonymous? Publish and forget? Obviously, this is about battling spammers at some point. Advice?
posted by scarabic on Mar 11, 2005 - 16 answers

How can I privately register a .nl domain when I'm not in the Netherlands?

I would like to register a .nl domain, however I am not based in The Netherlands. Can this be done?
Bonus points if my name / address information can be kept out of whois.
posted by sebas on Aug 26, 2004 - 9 answers

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