How to make sure you're not "tracked" when you surf online

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -  It seems that with every keystroke and every click of the mouse,  someone is tracking you online.  Whether it's your phone, your tablet, or even your web browser.

We have given you tips in the past to help cover your digital tracks but now it's just become a little easier.

You may remember that we told you that internet browser giants such as Microsoft and Google promised to help consumers out with "do not track" options and Google has just announced that they have added this feature to their browsers.

A version of this feature has been available prior to now but setting it up is now easier to do.

WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton explains:


Not yet so it's still very important to make sure you set your privacy and security settings and just be aware of who is tracking you and who is no


It's not always easy to get a big picture on who is tracking you and what they do with the information.  Their privacy policies will give you a little clue but they are often hard to read.  Your best bet is to insure you pay attention to:

1.  YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS:  Check those for privacy and security

2.  LOCATION SETTINGS:  Say "no".  Most will work unless they need to use a GPS to help answer your question

3.  WATCH WHERE YOU CLICK:  Those ads on trusted sites love to follow you around so avoid clicking on them.


This tool at Microsoft tells you if you have do not track set up and it looks at all browsers, not just Microsoft!

You can try these following tools to see who is tracking you online:


Firefox Browsers:

a.  Abine lets you opt out of targeted advertising and tells you if a site is tracking you.  

b.  Collusion is an add on that works with the Mozilla

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