Websites Found Guilty of Browser History Sniffing

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johnnyq1233

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And then the BIG HOLLYWOOD companies complain and prosicute poor old folk taking a look at movies via TORRENT sites!!!!
Who's fooling who here?
You rob from us and we rob from you!
 
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I guess it's a good thing I use NoScript, have my history wiped when I close the browser, and restart the browser after using sites containing sensitive information. It is surprising to see Morningstar mentioned, though.

Regarding Firefox: Since when is patching a security hole a feature?
 

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I'd laugh if I looked at a pile of Obama sites and I got an advertisement offering me something even better: crap-covered glitter.
 

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Of all the stupid things a browser lets you do, this is ridiculous. Are we talking about tracking cookies, or can a website literally just request the browsing history from a crappy browser? I understand that embedded code, say from an advertising server, could access a cookie from numerous pages and build its own history, but the websites would have to include this code themselves. How does Site A access the fact that I've visited Site B if they don't share this same code/cookie?
 

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Step 1 : Create a bogus website with items I want to buy at ridiculously low prices.
Step 2 : Visit the bogus site.
Step 3 : Visit one of the sites that sniff my history and match my prices.
Step 4 : ???
Step 5 : Profits.
 

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All one needs to do is to inspect the color of the anchor text of a hidden hyperlink to determine if you've visited a page in the past.
 

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wait... people don't want companies to reprice thier items competitivly after you visit a competitor's site? i'm confused while how they are getting the data is bad and maybe they should be pricing to compete from the get go if i get a good product for less money then whats the problem
 

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"The latest versions of Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome now have built-in protection against history sniffing--Mozilla plans to add the feature in the next full release of Firefox. Internet Explorer has a toggle to enable private browsing mode (which prevents snooping), however it limits the way the browser tracks its own history for the user."

So are you saying that Mozilla has no feature to control cached files and not "record" history but every other major browser does??? Interesting...maybe word things a little differently...
 

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As computers and software in general becomes more advanced and capable of powerful things, these issues exactly highlight the need for either more education, creation of an ethical standard or the strengthening the platform.
 
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