Are you concerned about all the tracking that goes on while you surf the Internet? Users of the Chrome browser have a new weapon against the invasion of their privacy. [Added later: This works for Firefox also.] [Added even later: there seem to be a lot of problems with this extension in Firefox.] It is an extension that makes it really easy to configure the privacy settings for Google, Facebook, and many other sites. It is called PrivacyFix and has just been released. The description and download are at this link.
When you run the extension, it provides an analysis of your privacy settings for Facebook and Google, and it lists all the cookies currently tracking you as you browse around the Internet. The extension takes you to each site to make fixes and provides a clear explanation of changes in privacy settings that can be made. An example for Facebook is shown in the figure below.
If you are concerned about what use the extension itself might make of your private data, here is a statement of privacy from the developer:
“We do not receive or store any data associated with your use of Privacyfix unless you voluntarily send it to us. Period.”
The extension is brand new and I have only used it for a day but so far I really like how easy it is to configure various privacy settings. If you try it, let us know what you think.
More details on how to use the extension can be found at this link.
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