There are a lot of web services that web browsers use to track users, namely
- Using web services to help resolve navigation errors
- Using prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar or the app launcher search box in Google Chrome
- Predicting network actions to improve page load performance
- Automatically reporting details of possible security incidents to browser developers or authors
- Enabling phishing and malware protection (this might be an essential feature!)
- Using web services to help resolve spelling errors
- Automatically sending web browser usage statistics and crash reports to the browser developers or authors
- Sending a “Do Not Track” request with your browsing traffic (this might be a desired feature for many!)
Choosing proper privacy settings for your browser helps you surf websites without worrying about your behavior being tracked and opting out from personalization in ads and contents – however this can never be 100% sure.
Opt-out from Personalization & Do Not Track Settings
Frequently Asked Questions on Do Not Track (DNT)
The web industry now takes Do Not Track (DNT) serious as this is directly related to user’s right to be tracked for commercial purposed by the advertisers and other third party websites. The following FAQs on DNT is taken from Mozilla Firefox Web Browser – DNT – help page and other browser help pages.