Find Out Which Websites are Tracking You Across the Web

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Have you ever wondered where the websites you visit send your information? Well, if you have, read on to find out about this new extension from Mozilla that will tell you how you are tracked across websites.

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Installing Collusion

We will be using Collusion to automatically track and link-up related cookies, to install it head over to the Collusion website and click on the download button.

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This will take you to the Collusion page in the Firefox add-ons gallery, where you can click on the add to Firefox button.

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You will then have to confirm that you want to install the add-on by clicking the Install Now button.

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Once installed, when you visit a website you will see a small red and white button in the right-hand corner of the add-on bar.

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If you click on it, Collusion will open up and give you an overview of which websites have tracked you, and link websites using the same trackers in a spider diagram like fashion.

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The sites that you have visited directly will have a blue glow surrounding them, to see where a website that you have visited has sent your data, simply hover over it. Below we can see that 9gag sent cookies to 4 third-party websites.

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To get more detailed information about the websites your information was sent to, click on the website you visited, a menu will appear on the left hand side where you will be able to see the specific URL’s that information was sent to.

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You should be aware that not all cookies are tracking you however, they are used for a number of things. If you wish to find out more about cookies and other tracking methods check out this post.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+