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  • aboard_epsilon
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    if you are a member of youtube ..then youre also a member of google .

    i dont think they can track you if you put the sites you dont want them to see, into youre favorates.....you then go directly there ..bi-passing the tracking .

    as far as i can tell .....you can only disable tracking ..if you are a member .

    all the best..markj

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  • oldtiffie
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    Originally Posted by J Tiers

    As far as I know, this is ONLY if you have a "google account"...... which I assume means you have to have signed up for something.

    if you just use their search, and are not some sort of "member", this would not seem to apply.
    Originally posted by dp
    If you get mail from and send mail to gmail accounts you are being tracked, too. That's just a very small piece of it.
    Surprise surprise - another "freebie" with strings and a long tail attached.

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  • Black_Moons
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    Originally posted by Arcane
    Are you blocking cookies maybe?

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  • Willy
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    I sometimes check the US news at http://www.google.com/ and have no issues at all getting there. No redirect to Google.ca.

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  • Arcane
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    http://www.google.com/ncr redirects me to http://www.google.ca/

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  • Black_Moons
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    Evan: http://www.google.com/ncr works fine for me. (No country redirect)

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  • EddyCurr
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    Originally posted by Evan
    One recent change that Google implemented is that they won't let me visit
    google.com anymore. No matter what I put in for an address it redirects to
    google.ca based on my IP being Canadian.
    This has been in place at my access point (Edm) for some time now.

    .

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  • Evan
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    One recent change that Google implemented is that they won't let me visit google.com anymore. No matter what I put in for an address it redirects to google.ca based on my IP being Canadian. The only way to get to google.com is to use an open US proxy. The pages are very different when you go to the news, for instance. One thing about satellite is that it can't geolocate my IP accurately. That is one way I can tell that the tracking is really turned off. If it wasn't it would pick up my location the first time I looked up something local like a pizza place.

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  • dp
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    Originally posted by Evan
    Everybody is watching IP addresses including me. Any time you visit a post on any thread in this site that has a picture from my server on it I get your IP address. Also, if you visit any of my web sites and get there by using Google I get a list of the search terms you used to find it along with your IP, your browser type, your operating system and what pages you visited.
    My web servers can also collect that but I have turned it off as I don't care and don't need it for anything. On my previous proxy server I set it to dumb down how my web browser is presented to web servers but I upgraded and haven't had time to hack the code yet to repeat that.

    However - where I work our data mining software uses everything extensively. Tracking mouse movement reveals where a visitor's eyes are on the page grid, for example. Many web pages have hot spots and I have developed the habit of moving my mouse off any page I visit until I know where the safe zones are. It has actually become a kind of a sport. If I can get to the specific link I'm interested in without tripping any hotspots it is a win. Kind of like playing Battleship

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  • Evan
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    Yep - they are watching the IP address
    Everybody is watching IP addresses including me. Any time you visit a post on any thread in this site that has a picture from my server on it I get your IP address. Also, if you visit any of my web sites and get there by using Google I get a list of the search terms you used to find it along with your IP, your browser type, your operating system and what pages you visited.

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  • Evan
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    Also, we should be aware that Google now has new "privacy" rules. It appears that they intend to collect massive amounts of personal information on all of us. There is a method to opt out of this function that is available on Google. I won't post it here but it's easy to locate.
    They aren't collecting anything that they didn't already collect. What they have done is to consolidate almost all of their services under a single privacy policy and a single data collection database. Previously they had something like 50 different privacy policies and databases so I don't blame them for the changes. From a business standpoint they should have done it long ago.

    If you use Chrome you can opt out of nearly everything, better than you can with most other browsers. They need to make sure that is possible or they will be stomped on by governments.

    Get the Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on (by Google) and install it. That will turn off the reporting. Turn off cookies if you want just for Google or whomever. Install Ghostery2.4.0 and disable all web beacons etc which turns off 10 different Google collectors as well and nothing will be tracked.

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  • CCWKen
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    Originally posted by dp
    If you get mail from and send mail to gmail accounts you are being tracked, too. That's just a very small piece of it.
    Absolutely! They also store any names you use in your emails. For future "spelling corrections", they say.

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  • dp
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    Originally posted by wb2vsj
    CLARiiON, eh? I work for EMC in RTP. PM me if I can hep you with something though I worked primarily on the Celerra side. So, no guarantees

    Walt
    I'm fighting a serious battle with forced flushes and mucking with hi/lo water settings isn't helping. I think it needs a flare update and some SSD's to improve front facing caching but it is close enough to EOL/EOS that we can't justify the cost and down time. Never mind I've been pushing this for years, now!

    The system appears to be bi-modal as once it hits a critical IOPS rate it will shift modes, sever cache flushing ensues and remains stable until we stop Oracle logging on at least one system. The solution for now is to buy Oracle Database Appliances with massive DASD storage. I racked 500 lbs of them today. Damned heavy things.

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  • Black_Moons
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    I recently put *.googleadservices.com into IE's restricted site list, As I found out it was causing a 20 second period loading on any website that called it (ie, used google ads) where IE was totaly locked up, unable to resize or scroll the window, And im getting sick and tired of my 'high speed internet' being slower then dialup because of all these lame scripts trying to steal every little bit of info they can. (Using IE8)

    Btw, this was after already putting most of the rest of google into restricted sites, or blocking them via hosts redirect to 127.0.0.1.
    Only other thing I have ever bothered to block is that annoying one that appends "For more info read: <someurl>" To everything you copy from the website to your clipboard.

    Thank you village press, for using localy hosting GIF ads. They are secure, Fast, and I see no need to block them as they don't make sound or try and pop over things or other annoyances.
    Last edited by Black_Moons; 03-02-2012, 10:31 PM.

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  • wb2vsj
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    Originally posted by gnm109
    I don't know. Thats' why I didn't post it. You can go to Google and use keywords "remove all web history" and it will tell you how to do it.

    ...
    That trick did work. I had two browsers open (IE and FF) and only one was logged into YouTube.

    Same YouTube search in both, both had "Adult" themes in the results.

    Did the "remove all web history" from the account that was logged in and refreshed the search results in both. Adult themes vanished in both browsers.

    Yep - they are watching the IP address

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