Re: [peditors] ADMINISTRATIVE: Yahoo Groups privacy issue
- On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 9:29 PM, Steve Kunkel <kunkel321@...> wrote:
> Creepy... Thanks for the heads-up on that. I expect you still get bombardedNo more than you would be otherwise. The "spying part" is attempting
> with advertisements though, you're just opting out of the spying part....
to discern your habits and interests to show you *relevant* ads you
are more likely to click through.
Ads are a non-issue here. I run Firefox 3.0.5. Firefox permits the
installation of Extensions that can customize the way the browser
works. Two that are part of my standard config are NoScript and
NoScript is what the name implies: it blocks all scripting activity on
web sites unless you add the site to a whitelist. It defaults to
(Microsoft's new competitor to Flash.). Things like pop-up ads are
Stylish is an extension that allows you to run arbitrary CSS (called
"userstyles") on specified web pages. I use a userstyle called Ad
Blocking Filterset P. Filterset P is a component of the AdBlock Plus
extension for Firefox. It's a lengthy set of CSS rules that define
sites that are sources of advertising. Content pulled from those
sites in pages you view is presumed to be advertising, and the browser
simply doesn't render it.
The AdBlock Plus extension is more elaborate, and actively scans pages
looking for stuff you might want blocked. I don't bother. I don't
mind some ads, especially if relevant to my interests. I just don't
want them obtrusive enough to interfere with reading the content of
the site. Filterset P does a good job of cleaning things up.
- I remember a year or so ago, maybe longer, there was a similar thing
pointed out in Goodle's toolbar - buried somewhere deep in its usage
stuff was an option to opt out of being followed wherever you went.
On 12/31/2008 at 2232 -0500
dmccunney <dennis.mccunney@...> wrote:
> No more than you would be otherwise. The "spying part" is attempting
> to discern your habits and interests to show you *relevant* ads you
> are more likely to click through.
- I recall that, too. The option referred to is probably the one related
to anonymous usage statistics, and that one is up front, not buried.
I don't use Google's toolbar, but I'm also not that concerned about
being followed where I go. If I *am* going someplace I'd prefer not
to be traced to, I know how to block the trace
On Thu, Jan 1, 2009 at 8:20 PM, john.messeder <jmesseder@...> wrote:
> I remember a year or so ago, maybe longer, there was a similar thing
> pointed out in Goodle's toolbar - buried somewhere deep in its usage
> stuff was an option to opt out of being followed wherever you went.
> On 12/31/2008 at 2232 -0500
> dmccunney <dennis.mccunney@...> wrote:
>> No more than you would be otherwise. The "spying part" is attempting
>> to discern your habits and interests to show you *relevant* ads you
>> are more likely to click through.
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