Panopticlick is an online testing tool and research project put together by the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) designed to test how trackable your browser is. When you surf the web and click on whatever website you click on, those sites gather information about your computer’s configuration. This information is assembled into what the EFF calls a “fingerprint,” this fingerprint can identify you and your computer. Advertisers (like Google) use this information to serve ads that are relevant to your interests but some companies could be using that information to try and identify individual computers and people.
Panopticlick isn’t a new tool and it is an ongoing research project from the EFF but they’ve recently updated the tool to include a new feature called tracker blocker testing. By using the tool the EFF can analyze how well you’re protected against online tracking with the privacy protection you have installed. The tool analyzes not only your browser but also the plug-ins you may have installed such as Ghostery and any ad-blocking plugins or software you have installed.
The EFF says that even if you have privacy protection in place and it is working properly, you could still be at risk, especially if your browser has an identifiable fingerprint. It’s an interesting research project and you can read more at the source links below. Running the tool on Epic Browser, which is supposed to be one of the better privacy browsers, it revealed that even that browser has an identifiable fingerprint. You can test out the tool by clicking the links below and you can find out more about the Electronic Frontier Foundation at the links below, in case you have a need to know.
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