Lab 8

Networking and Telecommunications

Goal

To understand how what we do is tracked on the web.

Step 1 - Ted Talk

Watch Tracking our online trackers, Gary Kovacs

The program mentioned in the video is "Collusion". A version of this has been adapted for Chrome called "Disconnect".

Follow this link for information about this project: Collusion for Chrome Shows You Who's Tracking You on the Web, As You Browse.

Watch the video there as well.*

*Notice there are some naming differences here as originally the Chrome version was called "Collusion" as well, and it later changed to "Disconnect".

Step 2 - Install Disconnect

  1. If you don't have Chrome, add it now.
  2. Next go to: Disconnect (Using Chrome).
  3. Try it out.

Step 3 - Analyze the monitoring

  1. Start Disconnect.
  2. Set to "unblock tracking sites"
  3. Pick 5 of your favorite sites (include at least 1 social media, at least 1 online-store, and at least one blog or information site.
  4. For each chosen website. Browse around a bit, visiting at least 5 pages. As you browse, monitor the visualization page.
  5. Fill out the table below:

# Web Page URL Total number
of trackers
Advertising
Requests
Analytics
Requests
Social
Requests
Content
Requests
1            
2            
3            
4            
5            

Also, for each page, in the visualization view, right click on at least 5 trackers to see who they are. Make a list of the top 5 tracking sites. Then look into these sites, find out what you can about them (who owns them, what their purpose is, what country they are from). Below is a table for this:

Major Trackers
# Tracker Name Tracker URL Tracker information
1    
2    
3    
4    
5    
Topic revision: r2 - 2014-11-18 - JimSkon
 
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