Threats - why we label them

We're all being exposed to trackers and malware, constantly. Website owners and app makers are responsible, for what THEY put onto OUR devices. Yet they rarely inform us, clearly, when they expose us to unexpected hidden code -- and anti-virus software isn't protecting us! (Threats: Google Analytics, Scorecard Research.)

 

To demonstrate the issue and to protect our visitors, we've checked each external link on our site (with the help of Privacy Badger among others) and we've labelled them all by hand.

We use an open-source CMS to generate this website. We have not added any trackers and we haven't enabled options or modules for tracking, so we just see your basic server footprint (IP address, browser type, OS, approximate location, referring website, time and duration of visit). That's more than we really want but that's how the internet works.

Anyway, we don't collect or monetise your personal data.

 

You are being stalked though!

There are trackers pretty much everywhere on the web now (like that Guardian news article link at the start of this page). Their purpose is obvious from the name. Trackers. Many sites also contain adverts and Flash, which are frequently dangerous. Often there are fonts and social media buttons too. They all tend to come from other servers, without your clear consent (or knowledge). They record your online behaviour, building profiles in various databases.

Sadly, that's just a fact of modern life. Our data is a valuable commodity!

Of course, it's not only websites. Apps are just as guilty. Whatever your connected device, whether phone, tablet, PC, smartwatch or even car... it's probably talking to a number of unexpected servers. Do you know who's watching you, constantly? Or why? Does it feel safe and comfortable, having random strangers monitoring your behaviour and activities, using your data for unknown reasons? (But usually for profit, obviously.)

 

Majority of top million websites infected!

The largest study of online tracking proves we really are being watched. It's a real thing and we should be concerned!
(Threats: Addthis, Google Tag Manager, Scorecard Research.)

Who is tracking us?

The sites you visit and the apps you use have no control over the trackers and they can't see the background code but they let them in anyway, on purpose. Usually for some sort of gain. You know, like the Trojan Horse. There's no true benefit for you, if third parties record your actions secretly, or infect your device. If there seem to be benefits, that's called a "honey trap". There are only security risks and you do not have to agree!

Creator of the Web rejects tracking

 

Um... but what can I, like, even do?

Be aware of it (you are now!) and stand against it. Value yourself, value your data and protect any liberty you have. Take better care. Most of all, get more informed, because that's the best defence available. Then act. In defence terms, proactive is better than reactive. Putting up some protection is much easier than cleaning up a disaster!

 

 

Cyber security affects you and everyone you care about!

Essential basic information

 

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER:    Terminology, free speech and the right to consent.

This site operates a blanket policy, regarding the use of hidden third-party code and files, for which we use the term 'threats'. Without exception. It is our sincere and carefully researched opinion, that accessing any third-party server, if not obvious to the visitor or user, represents a potential risk to their privacy and personal security. Whether intentional or just as an inadvertent consequence, such activity, if concealed or non-obvious, is unconsenting data acquisition. (Accessing a server leaves a record of connecting IP addresses, etc. because that's how the Internet functions. "Following" an IP address around the web soon paints a picture of that individual user, infinging their PERSONAL privacy.)

We can't just ignore data harvesting practices, or worse, support them by participating. Thus we highlight the issue instead. It is not to denigrate the end parties. It's not a comment upon the business practices or ethics of Google, Facebook, Scorecard Research, et al. We simply advocate awareness and choice, especially concerning businesses that profit from data gathering and processing.

When it comes to software, services, social infrastructure and the collection and use of data, we support transparency over secrecy!