Sites you visit can track all sorts of activities, from the links you click to your IP address.

They may even see the computer you’re operating on — including your battery life. Oh, and some can even see what social media websites you’re logged in to. Tap or click here to increase social media privacy.

Chances are, it’s pretty easy for websites to identify you. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to protect your privacy. But before you can form a solid action plan, you should know exactly how much data you’re giving up.

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Here’s a time-saving trick that reveals how much data your browser is giving away. Check out Cover Your Tracks, a free tool from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It’s a quick way to test your browser to see how well it protects you from tracking and fingerprinting.

It’s so easy to use

First, tap or click on Test your browser. You’re taken to the testing page, which may run for around 30 seconds or less, depending on your internet speed.

Next, you’re taken to your unique results. This in-depth page summarizes your overall protection against tracking. You’ll see a list of specific browser characteristics, like:

  • User agent
  • Browser plugin details
  • Time zone
  • Screen size
  • Color depth
  • Whether or not cookies are enabled
  • Language
  • Touch support

It even analyzes your platform, device memory, hardware and more. At the top of the page, it gives you an overview of your browser protection status.

Scroll down for more specific information. You’ll see a list of details. This design choice reflects how a tracker views your browser.

Luckily, Cover Your Tracks goes the extra mile. It explains how things like web headers and plugin details are part of your digital footprint. You may realize you’re giving away far more than you would like to.

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About Nelsonecom
By helping clients understand digital communications and media we work together to effectively use and leverage the power of the Internet for their business objectives. This could be for sales, transactions, lead prospecting, building awareness, and more. We do both search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM). Visual design, strategic digital communications and marketing, usability engineering, podcasting, and video are some of the services we offer. Others include eBusiness solutions, transactional processes, and digital media. We also monitor our clients’ sites analytics and make content, navigation, and other visual design recommendations. Our clients include small and medium successful offline businesses for whom we develop and use the online world as a part of their future success. Their industries include health, medical, politics, manufacturing, retail, financial, legal, restaurants, gaming, sports, water filtration, real estate, non-profit, and newly financed start-up ventures. In addition, we form partnerships with particular businesses to sell their products and or services online and via digital media.

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