This is the second part of a mini series about privacy on the Internet. Check out the first part about IP addresses here.
Whenever you connect to a website using a web browser, mobile application or program that supports Internet connections, information are automatically made available to those sites.
We have talked about the IP address before and while it is one of the most important ones from a privacy point of view, it does not end there.
Each time your device or program makes a connection so-called header information are transferred along with it. You can check the user-agent here on this page for example.
It reveals information about the web browser that is being used, the operating system and architecture, and also where you came from.
Some sites use the information to display different types of contents to users, or prevent users from using the site or some functionality completely.
There are other methods and options to retrieve additional information. Below is a list of common technologies:
Test your system
There is no universal solution that works for all users. There are however guidelines and best practices that limit your exposure on the Internet.
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