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Creepy Web sites

School is doing a number on me.  my study habits have declined considerably in the 19 years since I was last in college (and they weren’t all that great then).  There is an up side to all these computer classes, though; as part of my coursework, I am required, REQUIRED mind you, to visit a number of really interesting web sites.  Tonight I’m passing along some of them.

The three I’ve got for you are creepy in the sense that all of them provide content to you based on the information that is available about you on the internet.

The first is Panopticlick from the EFF.  Click the button and it will tell you what information about you your browser transmits to web sites.  As stated on the web site,

Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.

Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.

According to the test,

Within our dataset of several million visitors, only one in 79,723 browsers have the same fingerprint as yours.

For someone who tries to put out as little information as possible on the net, that’s not terribly anonymous.  I guess I’ve got some work to do on my settings.

Second, is Take This Lollipop, which creates a video based on your Facebook account.

Last, and the least creepy of them all is The Wilderness Downtown.  It will ask you for the address where you grew up, then creates a custom video presentation.  I rather liked the soundtrack.  The small video windows popping up on the screen is different, and I heartily recommend that when you get to the screen where you can draw or type that you do so.  (By the way, if you grew up in a rural location, you might want to substitute your current address.)


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  1. Rat Jr.No Gravatar | August 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I will tell you this, ITT Tech may be the ‘It’ college to go to for this kind of stuff but they aren’t nearly as cool at yours. We never looked at stuff like this in the same class I had that you’re taking now. We didn’t even really cover this stuff. Just CC Cleaner. -.-

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