Who's stealing your history?

Created by Alin Brindusescu on 2011-01-19 10:17:31

An article (An Empirical Study of Privacy-Violating Information Flows in JavaScript Web Applications) published by ACM (in CCS 2010: Proceedings of the 17th ACM conference on Computer and communications security) explains the way some websites are monitor your web history.
The article is about some other type of privacy intrusions too but I'm more annoyed by the web history monitoring. What pages I open is something I want to keep for me and not to share with a third party.

In a summarized article on this topic published by BBC one link to check this type of issues and some solution are offered.
So if you are curious what type of informations they can get you can have a look at the What the internet Knows about you. The same page offer some solutions for the web history monitoring problem.
For Firefox users a simple way to stop the websites monitoring your history trough the method described in the article is to disable the styling of visited websites. This is very easy:
- open about:config in Firefox
- set the layout.css.visited_links_enabled option to False

Comments: work in progress!