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Traditionally, people assume they can prevent a website from identifying them by disabling cookies on their web browser. Unfortunately, this is not the whole story. When you visit a website, you are allowing that site to access a lot of information about your computer's configuration. Combined, this information can create a kind of fingerprint — a signature that could be used to identify you and your computer. But how effective would this kind of online tracking be?
EFF (Electronic frontier Foundation) is running an experiment to find out. Website Panopticlick will anonymously log the configuration and version information from your operating system, your browser, and your plug-ins, and compare it to our database of five million other configurations. Then, it will give you a uniqueness score — letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web. Adding your information to our database will help EFF evaluate the capabilities of Internet tracking and advertising companies, who are already using techniques of this sort to record people's online activities. They develop these methods in secret, and don't always tell the world what they've found. But this experiment will give us more insight into the privacy risk posed by browser fingerprinting, and help web users to protect themselves.
Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 824,842 tested so far.
Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys at least 19.65 bits of identifying information.
(Your thoughts, your likes/dislikes, sexual interests, sexual perversions, interests, intellect levels, morals, just about everything about you can be found out in under 2 minutes by TPTB if they need to.)
Results returned from whois.arin.net:
OrgName: Road Runner HoldCo LLC
Address: 13241 Woodland Park Road
The following ports were checked: 16771, 80
Out of the above ports, the following are open and permitting outbound traffic: 16771,80
Firewall status: PRESENT
Isn't that about the same info that you received?
Originally posted by grandnic
I guy, pretending to be a former IT tech from NASA as made some pretty wild claims on ATS (as Astroengineer) and on his blog.
I'm still skeptic about his claims but he has posted on his blog a very interresting and complete guide to anonymity on the web. His guide explains a way to browse the web without leaving any traces with only a modest investment.
Guide to Anonymous & Evidenceless Internet
My computer knowledge are those of a curious user since the 80's but I am in no way a pro. His guide seems thorough and legit.
Any opinions from pros or experienced IT tech would be appreciated.