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    findley Guest

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    Behavioral Ad Targeting

    Google has unveiled a new behavioral targeting system that'll read your browsing history, then cater ads based on where you've been. While Google sells the concept as an user-oriented improvement that'll bring you "more interesting" and "useful" content, you may want to consider the privacy implications
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/16109...l?tk=nl_spxblg

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    <blockquote><hr>Findley wrote:
    Behavioral Ad Targeting

    Google has unveiled a new behavioral targeting system that'll read your browsing history, then cater ads based on where you've been. While Google sells the concept as an user-oriented improvement that'll bring you "more interesting" and "useful" content, you may want to consider the privacy implications
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/16109...l?tk=nl_spxblg
    <hr></blockquote>


    This is easily defeated - even the disable safe search can be used with google search without using any cookies. Contrary to the common myth you need to have a google cookie to set the google search to turn off the safety setting or even to use a google search.

    First delete the present google search cookie, then allow a new google search cookie.
    Select the google search, set the safety settings off, and save this new url as a bookmark or as a search engine (easily done in Opera).
    Now delete the new google search cookie.
    Now never allow any more google cookies from the google search - block in the browser or in the firewall.
    Any time the google with no safe settings is needed, just use that bookmarked link or the saved search.
    Note '&safe=off' is seen in the google search url.
    Thus anything can be searched in google without using any google cookies - hence no tracking is done by google.

    Blocking the google trackers and ads is easily done in the browser - using the urlfiter.ini in Opera, by using the hostperm1 list in Firefox or with adblock in Firefox, or using wild cards in the Internet Explorer's Zone for the Restricted Sites. Very easy to do.
    Alternatively blocking the unwanted google sites either with the host file in windows or in the ZA's Zones in the Firewall. Also very simple to do.

    This is what I have blocked using Privoxy for google:

    ################################################## #############################
    ### Block google analytics and ads.

    {+block -handle-as-image}

    .doubleclick.
    .doubleclick.com.
    .doubleclick.net.
    .googleads.g.doubleclick.net.
    .google_ads.
    .google_ad.
    .googleads.
    .googlead.
    .google-analytics.
    .google-analytics.com.
    .adfetch.
    .google.*.adfetch.
    .google.*/adfetch.
    .googleadservices.
    .googlesyndication.
    .pagead.
    .pageads.
    .pagecount.
    .services.google.com.
    .services.google.
    .pagead2.googlesyndication.
    .pagead.googlesyndication.
    .pagead*.googlesyndication./.*\.js
    www.google-analytics.
    ssl.google-analytics.
    www.googleadservices.
    .google.com/logos.
    www.google.com/logos.
    .&extern_js=/extern_js.
    .feedsads.
    .feedads.googleadservices.

    ################################################## #############################
    ### Block google analytics urchin javascript
    ### This should be added into the default.action since 3.0.5

    {+block +handle-as-empty-document }

    .google-analytics.com/urchin.js.

    ################################################## #############################
    ### Privoxy Filter for Google Analytics
    ### FILTER: google-analytics Remove Google Analytics JS.

    {+block +handle-as-empty-document }


    s|&lt;script\s[^&gt;]*?google-analytics.com/urchin.js[^&gt;]*&gt;.*?&lt;/script&gt;||gif
    s|\urchinTracker\(\);||gif

    ################################################## ###########################
    ### filter google adwords
    ###FILTER: google_adwords Remove top and rightside text ads

    #google web-search

    {+block -handle-as-image}

    s@&lt;style&gt;.*\.j{width:34em}.*&lt;/style&gt;@$1$2@Us
    s@&lt;table cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=25&#37; align=right.*&lt;/table&gt;@@Us
    s@&lt;div id=tpa1.*&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div@&lt;div@Us
    s@&lt;div id=tpa2.*&lt;/div&gt;@@Us
    s@&lt;div id=tpa3.*&lt;/div&gt;@@Us

    #google groups

    {+block -handle-as-image}

    s@&lt;table style="clear:both" align=right width=25&#37;.*&lt;/table&gt;@@Us
    s@&lt;iframe name="google_ads_frame".*&lt;/iframe&gt;@@U
    s@style="width: 232px;"@style="width: 1px;"@U
    s@style="width: 230px;@style="width: 1px;@U



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    Best regards.
    Oldsod.

    Message Edited by Oldsod on 03-14-2009 01:08 PM
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    See "CustomizeGoogle" at http://www.customizegoogle.com/en-US/ for the Firefox browser.

    And "CustomizeGoogle" at http://www.smir.de/cg/ for the Opera browser.

    Also "CustomizeGoogle" at http://www.cg4ie.com/ for the Internet Explorer browser.

    Block google cookie and userid. And the ads.
    Plus other nice features.

    Oldsod.
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    Oldsod, When to this link and I get a caution flag by ZAFF.Please advice.


    See &quot;CustomizeGoogle&quot; at http://www.customizegoogle.com/en-US/ for the Firefox browser.

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    <blockquote><hr>Charles_B wrote:
    Oldsod, When to this link and I get a caution flag by ZAFF.Please advice.
    See "CustomizeGoogle" at http://www.customizegoogle.com/en-US/ for the Firefox browser.<hr></blockquote>

    Any reason as to why this is stated by the FF?
    (I do not use the FF).

    DR Web Link Scanner (dr web edited to the right click options in the Opera browser for handy link checking) for this for link - all of the site's files are checked over and show as being 'clean'.
    See
    http://online.drweb.com/result?url=h...gle.com/en-US/

    An online antivirus completely scanned all of the files of the site - all are clean.
    And it is found to be 'clean' at http://unmaskparasites.com/ (sorry no link for the url results).

    Oldsod.
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    Oldsod, Thanks for the detail reply on this topic.

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    <blockquote><hr>Charles_B wrote:
    Oldsod, Thanks for the detail reply on this topic.
    <hr></blockquote>


    You are welcome Charles_B.

    Oldsod.
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    Hi Oldsod,
    Useful information:8}, learned something new:8} and I'll be checking out
    CustomizeGoogle
    UserJS for Opera.:8}
    Enjoy your day and your evening friend.
    Best regards,Findley

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    <blockquote><hr>Findley wrote:
    Hi Oldsod,
    Useful information:8}, learned something new:8} and I'll be checking out
    CustomizeGoogle
    UserJS for Opera.:8}
    Enjoy your day and your evening friend.
    Best regards,Findley
    <hr></blockquote>


    Findley, I see to make the ad blocking and id anon* and some of the other mentioned features to work or function, the "customizegoogle_prefs.js" file has to be edited - for blocking some of these 'false' settings have to be changed to 'true'.

    Also, you have seen this userjavascript for Opera for blocking ads (and yes you can manually edit the file to add your own personal blocks)?
    But it will only work if the javascripts are enabled in the Opera browser - if the browser's javascripts are disabled, then the user javascript script does not function.

    http://my.opera.com/Ghostshaw/blog/

    Best regards.
    Oldsod.
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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