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How Personal & Internet Security Work by Preston Gralla

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Chapter 4. How Websites Invade Your Privacy

How Websites Invade Your Privacy

Surfing the Web may feel like a solitary experience, but in fact, every time you visit a new website, that website gathers information about you. The information might be innocuous—how many pages you visit on the site, for example. But it might be not-so innocuous as well. The site may track every page you visit and the amount of time you spend on each page. It might examine your IP address and find out your geographic location and your place of work. And it may gather a lot more information and be able to put together a surprisingly sophisticated and complete profile of who you are and your personal interests. ...

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