Thursday, December 11, 2014

Getting Google Chrome and Ad Block Plus

Have you ever had the desire to protect your privacy? Well you are not alone. Many Americans every year do just that. Protecting yourself online can seem like a daunting task, today I’m going to show you how to retake your privacy and stop those pesky data mining companies from stealing information about you and selling it to the highest bidder.

For this discussion we will be assuming that you are using the Google Chrome web browser. If you do not have this browser it is recommended that you go to the like below and get it.

Now you might be asking yourself, why do I need the Google Chrome Browser? Well in studies comparing the major web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari) it has been shown that their ability to protect your privacy with the default settings changes very little. So it would be only logical then to select the browser with the best results, when compared to other browsers in its tier class. One addition, yet very important reason why we choose Google Chrome was because each tab has its own process within the computer. This simple means that instead of all the tabs being run in the same process, Chrome separates each tab into its own process to create a faster browser and browsing experience. 

So you have the Google Chrome Browser? Great, now we can get started protecting your privacy and making your internet viewing experience better. For today’s task we will be getting a program called Ad Block Plus. This program will make all of those pesky ads that you see go away. Which in its own right seems like a great deal, but how does this protect your privacy? Well ad companies want to use something called a targeted ad, this simple means that instead of a college student seeing an ad of house loans when they are on a website that he might see an ad for cheap textbooks.  Sounds like a great thing at first glance doesn't it? Well, let the buck stop here. Ever wonder how they target those custom ads at you anyway? Well my friend it is not by sheer luck, they search your computer for cookies (not the yummy chocolate chip ones) that tell the ad company various things like the sites you visit, things you do on those sites and links you click on. Getting scared yet? Again let me emphasize this isn't some National Security Agency (NSA) computer deep inside Cheyenne Mountain, this is an ad agency that uses your computer against you to see what you do online, just so they can try to sell your mom a cheap pair of shoes. So go ahead and go to the link below to download Ad Block Plus for yourself.

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