CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We have told you before that companies go to great lengths to know what you do online. Sometimes you don't mind because it helps you mark your place or go directly to a logon screen to your favorite site. But what about when your information goes outside the sites and companies you do business with, and without your knowledge?
$300 billion is the estimated size of the online advertising industry and it relies heavily upon being able to track you and where you go on the internet. Until now, other than deleting your computer's cookies, you did not have much control. However, WBTV's Cyber Expert, Theresa Payton, says there are some new tools you can use to protect your surfing habits from nosy companies and maybe even cybercreeps.
WHY TRACKING CAN BE WORRISOME:
One study showed that out of 127 sites, 84% tracked its visitors
Sometimes these tracking tools got access to information stored in social networking sites, including names
TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR DIGITAL TRACKS FROM CYBERSNOOPS:
This Week's Word of the Week: PIXEL DUST
This is techy slang to describe the nasty coat of dirt you might have on your computer screen. You might want pixie dust to cure your workday woes but you definitely don't want pixel dust!