10 years ago the IP address and the HTTP Cookies were the only reliable digital fingerprints that affected the online anonymity and web browser identity. In the past couple of years, the privacy invaders started to develop other solutions to increase the user-tracking reliability to identify users. Websites nowadays collect more user sensitive data.
The situation is terrible. Modern web browsers are not designed to keep the privacy you deserve. Developers of major anonymity networks like TOR have no choice to edit the source code of web browsers to somehow smooth over the situation, but this is sometimes not enough.
Browser fingerprinting is a technique of how you become uniquely identified and tracked while you are just surfing the web. Your browser configuration and operating system makes you unique:
- IP address
- Browser and its version you use: For example Chrome 59.0, Firefox 56.0.1
- Computer’s screen parameters (resolution, pixel depth, etc.)
- System language and timezone setup
- Installed plugins and add-ons
- Available fonts on your computer
- Geolocation API
- Canvas browser fingerprinting
Indeed there are billions of IT devices world wide your device can be identified by these settings. It means you vainly change your IP address, connect the web thru VPN or use a different e-mail address for different activities, websites can still track you. They can connect all your online activities. This way you cannot operate with more accounts on the same website like Facebook, Gmail, E-Bay, Amazon, Spotify.
You may hear about privacy tools like browser extensions and tracking blockers, but unfortunately, they don’t work. The truth is that the more measures you take to avoid being tracked (e.g. using plugins for privacy protection), the more unique your browser fingerprint becomes. The fact that you are using these tools already makes you unique. It’s like wearing a mask in the crowd. It hides your real anonymity but everybody will detect that "the guy with the mask is doing…".
Did you know that websites even know whether you browse in incognito mode?
Your personal identity data may be leaked without any permissions when you surf the Internet.
Solution for browser fingerprinting is Kameleo
With Kameleo you can find the solution to stop browser fingerprinting. See in our article how it works.