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AddThis found using undetected cookie-like tracking mechanism

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by TeflonDon, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. TeflonDon

    TeflonDon Well-Known Member

  2. dawg

    dawg Well-Known Member

    Dont use it and never will. thanks for the article.
  3. Fufu

    Fufu Well-Known Member

    This could be implemented to xenForo`s core to help fight against frequent spammers that target individual sites. ;)
  4. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    I share things all the time on Facebook with no problems, though I personally have sharing off on KH-Flare.
  5. TeflonDon

    TeflonDon Well-Known Member

    This is not something that will cause a "problem" per se, just a dishonest business practice in my opinion. There's no current way besides using Tor to protect yourself from being "fingerprinted" by AddThis and having them track you.
  6. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Jul 23, 2014
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  7. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

  8. Da Bookie Mon

    Da Bookie Mon Well-Known Member

    Find all their tracking IPs and block them in your home firewall in your router. Then they can't reach you to update.
  9. TeflonDon

    TeflonDon Well-Known Member

    I don't really personally care about myself being tracked, its more about the principal of what they're doing that I don't agree with.
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  10. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

  11. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

  12. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    ditch AddThis from XenForo.

  13. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

  14. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    i ditched it the day this thread was posted.
    addthis can spin it however they wish, but they were caught with their pants down.
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  15. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    are there any alternatives for "Sharing" instead of using "AddThis"-software ?
  16. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    AddThis is coming under increasing scrutiny for profiling what users type on forums/websites, including very private data, search data and selling such profiles to very unethical clients.
  17. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member


    any comment from XenForo about using "AddThis"-service ?
  18. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

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  19. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    As said in the article. It's a really specific situation. Even with the precedent this may set for the time being, it's not going to be a huge deal. Worst case scenario if I am reading this right the like button should come up with the same sort of dialog facebook apps use when asking for permission to send or retrieve data from facebook.
  20. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    We can expect to hear more about this in the future. The amount of data that these trackers are gathering goes way beyond simply tracking who goes where and watches what. It removes forum anonymity and indexes what people type on forums, private messages and anywhere on any site. This happens while people have no idea this is being done. Nor that data between sites can be combined in far reaching manners. The data is then resold to national and foreign commercial parties including insurance agencies, financial organizations, health organizations, etc, etc.

    The data is being used to refuse services, contracts, jobs, insurance to people because what they privately type on websites puts them in a risk category.

    Its really doubtful these practices are all legal.
    StarArmy and sami simo like this.

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