Analytics are small pieces of code on a website that allow the site’s owners to track your behaviour. This can be tedious as these bells and whistles all take time and bandwidth to load, but put together with every other site you’ve visited in a day, whether business or private, quite a picture builds up of your life online. We’re not keen on that kind of surveillance, so we take steps to remove as much of it as we can.
We use a very nifty little utility called Ghostery. It automatically blocks trackers and shows you a summary in the toolbar. You can see what it’s blocked and, if you choose, allow a tracker. If you want social media sharing features, this is handy as you can allow something when it suits you, but remain off the radar the rest of the time.
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