Many websites, usually those that count on ads to generate revenue, use personal data stored inside the computer only to extend their gains, while putting the web-surfer in a vulnerable position. The most known client of this type is Google (not the website itself, but any that runs on AdSense) and most of all, Facebook. Each of theme retrieve precious information using cookies stored on the local hard drive and the only way to stop them is a privacy-orientated software, like PrivacyFix.
In a few words, PrivacyFix is a Google Chrome extension (there’s one for FireFox too) that installs on-top of the browser and blocks multiple websites from retrieving user-related data, such as information about the search terms used in the past, other websites that you have surfed and so on. Using a strict set of settings, PrivacyFix can be customized to block whatever type of information the user desires, and can be used to handle precious data like age, birthday day, sex, location tracking and so on.
How PrivacyFix blocks the leakage of vital information ?
Facebook is the most relevant case in this situation, where privacy issues are paramount. The company gives users a page where certain adjustments can be set, but they are without question, light of detail. Also, whenever Facebook updates its user agreement statement, each and every user must reset these settings to go accordingly the new lines. If they forget, Facebook uses the default set (meaning most information is leaked for the sake of their income) until told otherwise.
Related Read: [How to] Enable Do Not Track on any Browser
All of these troubles can be adverted, and even the ones generated by several other websites by using PrivacyFix. This Chrome extension protects the precious cargo from over one thousand websites, including the most visited.
Once PrivacyFix is installed, the extension will quickly scan the computer to detect the currently contained cookies and what kind of information are they tracking. At the end of this process, an easy-to-use page will be displayed, containing results and advices on how these cookies function, what details are being advertised and direct links to websites for changing settings (with explanations).
PrivacyFix can also be used to block these cookies, so whenever Facebook attempts to retrieve something vital from the computer, it will be unable to do so. This can be done for over one thousand sources, and when one is not included in the list, you can set the Chrome extension to automatically generate email requests to delete information from the site.
Whenever a new site is visited, or an already filtered source updates its settings, an active feature called HealTracker will automatically announce the user, by displaying an alert in the upper-righthand corner.
Other interesting things
PrivacyFix has been constructed with the help of many experienced characters and besides offering protection against many websites, it specializes on Google and Facebook itself. Adding this to the fact that it can only be installed on Chrome (for now), the browser made by Google itself, and that the software may be considered as a direct attack to the purse of these large companies, Google and Facebook may somehow intervene in the proper functioning of the program.
The software also specializes at blocking offline tracking from the same two major websites, as well as including a frequent reminder to scan the computer, just in case any unwanted cookie passed the border.
How much revenue you generate for Facebook and Google?
PrivacyFix also shows you how much Google and Facebook track your computer and includes a calculation tool to see how much revenue you generate for them. It’s an interesting feature, which somehow opens your eyes. Also, it has a way with Facebook apps, and by taking a quick look through that menu, you can see that some formerly disabled apps are now activated by Facebook itself, without your consent.
As for those wondering if the application stores something on board for itself, the answer is a clear NO. In some way, this can be seen as another method to navigate the web anonymously.