Mozilla's Lightbeam tool will expose who is looking over your shoulder on the web

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Just who is looking over your shoulder when you browse the Internet? Tomorrow, web users will be given a new tool to shine a light on the commercial organisations which track your every movement online.

    Lightbeam, a download produced by Mozilla, the US free software community behind the popular Firefox browser, claims to be a “watershed” moment in the battle for web transparency.

    Everyone who browses the Internet leaves a digital trail used by advertisers to discover what your interests are.

    Users who activate Lightbeam will be able to see a real-time visualisation of every site they visit and every third-party that is active on those sites, including commercial organisations which might potentially be sharing your data.

    Mozilla wants users who install the Lightbeam add-on to Firefox, to crowd-source their data, to produce the first “big picture” view of web tracking, revealing which third-parties are most active.

    Lightbeam promises a “Wizard of Oz” moment for the web, “where users collectively provide a way to pull back the curtains to see its inner workings,” Mozilla claimed.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...ng-over-your-shoulder-on-the-web-8902269.html
     
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    Pretty cool (it's available now).
     
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    Wow!! I just installed it and activated it. Man, that's a bit scary. There are tons of people out there, prowling below the surface, collecting info you don't necessarily want them to have. Good thread, Rev. Thanks! :thumbsup:
     
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    Nice find, thanks for the information, up and running.
     
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    This is who was connected in the background of this board in just the hour or so I've had this running ...

    Third Party fundamentaltop500.com Oct 25, 2013 Oct 25, 2013 1
    Third Party baptist411.com Oct 25, 2013 Oct 25, 2013 1
    Third Party baptisttop1000.com Oct 25, 2013 Oct 25, 2013 1
    Third Party christiantop1000.com Oct 25, 2013 Oct 25, 2013 1
    Third Party statcounter.com Oct 25, 2013 Oct 25, 2013 1
    Third Party google-analytics.com Oct 25, 2013 Oct 25, 2013 3
    Third Party viglink.com Oct 25, 2013 Oct 25, 2013
     
  6. Revmitchell

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    If you look down on the right side of the footer those links are there for all to see. They are typical associations among Baptist websites. They are there to bring in more traffic.
     
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    Ah, so I see! Interesting.

    Google is my homepage. The sites hanging out in the background there are pages and pages long. Wow!
     

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