Does your Browser leak your PC privacy?
Your browser tells a lot about you. Don't be surprised (it doesn't tell your name, home address, social security number etc). It however tells visiting websites where you come from, your IP address, Screen resolution of your monitor, what keywords you have entered in search engines to search for a particular website and much more. Much of it is sent through referer. When visiting a webpage, the referer or referring page is the URL of the previous webpage from which a link was followed. More generally, a referer is the URL of a previous item which led to this request. The referer for an image, for example, is generally the HTML page on which it is to be displayed. The referer is part of the HTTP request sent by the browser program to the web server.
But here's a good news. A referer can be spoofed. It means you can selectively choose to send false information to any visiting website. You can even block referer information. Blocking referer would result in no privacy leak via your browser. The visiting website would never know what links you have followed to get on to that page.
Want to spoof referer?
Visit http://refspoof.mozdev.org/ and download referer spoof. Selectively choose what you want to send what not.
Want to check privacy leak through referer?
Try PcFlank's browser test. It tests if your browser reveals any personal information. You can access browser privacy test here: http://www.pcflank.com/browser_test1.htm.
Check what information is sent through your browser by HTTP_REFERER test . It displays the referer (as well as all other HTTP headers) sent by your browser.
Want to strengthen your PC privacy a little bit?
There are many good quality PC privacy software available on the internet. Good news is that many of them are absolutely free to use. Spysites listed at http://pcsecurityworld.com/freewares.htm is a good example. It is however not a full-fledged PC privacy protection software. Besides, all spyware and adware removers, cookie filter software contribute in their own way to strengthen your PC privacy.
Need more sophisticated PC Privacy protection?
You can download VIP Privacy from VIPDefense.com. VIP Privacy is a perfect tool for your private info protection. Unlike many other applications, VIP Privacy protects your from potential threat by giving the malefactors nothing to steal! VIP Privacy lets you search and safely clean up all information stored inside your system and installed applications. It does not in any way delete any private files nor it changes the contents of user's documents.
for better Browser privacy protection and ultimate browsing experience along with a faster and secure browsing, use: Mozilla Firefox (Download from the sidebar).
Couple your firefox with Preferences toolbar . It is one of the best firefox extensions that I have found. With preferences bar, only one click is all needed to disable sending referer to websites.