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  1. May 2020
    1. test your browser identity

      You can use Am I Unique, PANOPTICLICK, or Unique Machine to test the identity of your device.

    2. IP address protocol is designed to send a request to a receiving web server every time a user interacts with a website or service, because the receiving server needs an IP address to send a response to

      That means that your IP address is a unique string of numbers that points directly to your device. Tech-savvy website owners are even able to track what other websites you visit, the account you’re logged into and sometimes even your geo-location.

      Of course, this would require a bit more effort, but it’s kind of scary that it’s possible.

    3. how exploiting the HTML5 canvas element generates browser fingerprinting:   “When a user visits a page, the fingerprinting script first draws text with the font and size of its choice and adds background colors. Next, the script calls Canvas API’s ToDataURL method to get the canvas pixel data in dataURL format, which is basically a Base64 encoded representation of the binary pixel data. Finally, the script takes the hash of the text-encoded pixel data, which serves as the fingerprint.”

      via Wikipedia

    4. This new tracking method that websites employ to obtain your browser fingerprint is enabled by new coding features in HTML5.

      HTML5 is the coding language used to build websites. It’s the core fundamentals of every website. Within the HTML5 coding language, there’s an element which is called “canvas.”

      Originally, the HTML <canvas> element was used to draw graphics on a web page.

    5. A common way for websites to obtain your data is by using cookies. Cookies are small packets of text files that are stored on your computer, which contain certain data that may give websites information to improve the user experience.

      Websites remember and track individual computers and devices by loading the cookies (small data packets) onto your computer.

      Every time you visit a website, your browser will download cookies. When you visit the same website at a later time, the website will assess the packets of data and provide you with a personally-customized user experience.

      Think about the font size or screen resolution you view on a website. If a website knows you’re always using an iPhone 8, it will provide you with the best settings for your iPhone. Also, this way, the website knows whether you’re a unique visitor or a returning visitor. Cookies also store data on browsing activity, habits, interests and much more.

      Furthermore, websites employ Javascript, which will interact with visitors in order to carry out certain tasks, such as playing a video. These interactions also trigger a response, and as such, they receive information about you.

    6. Browser fingerprinting is a powerful method that websites use to collect information about your browser type and version, as well as your operating system, active plugins, timezone, language, screen resolution and various other active settings.

      These data points might seem generic at first and don’t necessarily look tailored to identify one specific person. However, there’s a significantly small chance for another user to have 100% matching browser information. Panopticlick found that only 1 in 286,777 other browsers will share the same fingerprint as another user.

    7. Browser fingerprinting is defined on Wikipedia as follows: “A device fingerprint, machine fingerprint or browser fingerprint is information collected about a remote computing device for the purpose of identification. Fingerprints can be used to fully or partially identify individual users or devices even when cookies are turned off.”

      That means that, when you connect to the internet on your laptop or smartphone, your device will hand over a bunch of specific data to the receiving server about the websites you visit.