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Anti-Tracking Software? Worth the cost?
January 4, 2022
11:25 pm
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CoolJudy
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I have been a long-time user of Norton LifeLock security software and they are constantly wanting to ADD ON NEW SERVICES for an extra fee. Today, after warning me “We found 196 tracker(s) on 10 site(s)” “tracking” me, the product they are promoting is Norton AntiTrack (https://us.norton.com/norton-antitrack) for a first-year cost of $34.99, automatically renewing at $49.99. I searched your Geeks library and didn’t see anything about this “fingerprint” tracking. I did find this article: https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/…..-antitrack. It includes an overview of the topic and other competitors. One note on the Norton product is that it only works on Windows. Other products like Avast AntiTrack and Abine Blur Premium provide protection for Apple and Android.

After your holiday you can address my question:  Do you have experiences with this type of security “service” or can this be a discussion topic on a future Button show? 

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January 8, 2022
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Hey Judy,

Well, our vacation got sidetracked by Covid, so I have time to answer this now. 🙁

We do not use Norton, or any anti-virus other than the one that comes built in with Windows. So, it’s not a subject we cover much these days. It’s a game of leapfrog – the bad guys find more ways to get to us, the good guys find more ways to plug the holes. This ‘fingerprinting’ does sound a bit nasty, and maybe Norton anti-tracking is a good idea but the danger is not enough to make me add more layers to my browsing experience. And, by the time you get used to the anti-tracking app, the browsers will have built it in. For example, the iPhone operating system – iOS already displays a message “Allow tracking?” when you visit a new site or install a new app. 

Thanks for the heads up – we will keep it on the list to see if it’s something we want to cover in a future show, but right now I don’t have a whole lot for you.

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