How to Stop Tracking Online

How Hackers Can Use Cookies to Track Your Browsing History

Hackers can use cookies to track your browsing history. Cookies are text files that are collected by websites and allow them to recognize a user’s browser on their website. They also have the capability of remembering the last ten websites that were visited by a specific person or device. In order to avoid this, you need to delete your cookies from your computer regularly in order for them not to be able to pick up any of your information about what you visit on different sites.

Cookies are file structures that are stored by the browser in a format where they can easily be read, and they can store general information which gets used by websites to make it easier for users to do things on their websites. With cookies, you can track someone’s browsing history even if you don’t know the person’s name.

Although it is common for users to delete cookies from their computers, not many of them know that hackers can also use cookies to track your browsing history.

How Hackers Can Use Cookies to Track Your Browsing History

  • Cookies are stored in the deleted files folder of your hard drive. This means that if you don’t clean up your browsing history often and you have been logged into different accounts from different devices, then the cookies can be very useful and easy to access information on.
  • They can be used to find the websites you visit most often, find out where you live, what your interests are, and even gather information about your politics in order to later send you targeted ads. By using cookies, hackers can track your browsing history and identity to find out information about you.
  • Cookies are unique for each computer on the internet. This means that if you sign into one website on your computer, you can only use that website in that browser and Firefox on all of your computers. If one cookie is created for you by an internet browser at a certain website, it cannot be used by any other browser unless it is deleted.
  • A hacker can get multiple cookies by hacking into the websites of many different people and getting them to create a cookie they can access with their own internet browser, which allows them to find everything about everyone else using their computer or accessing the same site as them.
  • There are many different types of cookies, each with its own purpose. Some cookies remember a user’s search history, others remember what type of device you used to access the internet and even what browser you used to view the page.
  • This means that if a hacker found out which of your friends had access to your computer and logged in using that computer, they could track their browsing history from that friend and use one of these cookies to find out information on them.
  • In order for hackers to use cookies on other computers on the internet, they need to break into the computer of a certain person. If they do not have your name or email address, then it will be much more difficult for them. They will have to break into the computer of a friend in order to gain access to your information on their computer.
  • This is why it is important for people to always review and delete cookies regularly from their browsers. This act of tracking your cookie is called Cookie Tracking.
  • Cookie tracking is a type of computer hacking. Hackers have the ability to use cookies to track your browser history. Hackers can do this by stealing a cookie from one website and loading the cookie onto other websites. This is also called Cross-site scripting (XSS). Cookie tracking can allow hackers to break into personal accounts, steal money, or cause data leaks. Cooking tracking is a very dangerous form of hacking because it’s very difficult to catch.
  • The way hackers can do this is by using Cross-site scripting (XSS). This allows the hacker to steal a cookie and load the cookie onto other websites. Watch out for emails that ask you to log in to your account or update your information. It could be that hackers are sending you a link that will give them cookies to track your browsing history. If you see any of these things don’t click on anything, delete the email, and tell someone about it so they can stop this from happening again.
  • Cookie tracking can be used to steal a user’s personal information from an existing account, such as home addresses or social security numbers. Hackers can also create a fake login page that forces the victim to enter their username and password and then steal this information from the website that was originally hacked. Below are a few more examples:
    • A hacker creates an email that looks like it comes from eBay. The hacker calls eBay and then uses that conversation as an opportunity to create a fake account with the victim’s username and password, now the hacker owns multiple accounts. The only option the user has is to continually change their passwords and hope they are not hacked again. A bank will send you a notification about some changes that will be made to the bank’s website. The hacker will create a fake email with the same attachment as the real one and send it to you. When you click on it, this allows the hacker to change your password in the original email from the bank or steal any other important information from that account.
    • A bank will send you a notification about some changes that will be made to the bank’s website. The hacker will create a fake email with the same attachment as the real one and send it to you. When you click on it, this allows the hacker to change your password in the original email from the bank or steal any other important information from that account.
      • For example, let’s say I have a Facebook account named “John Smith” but I really want to use an alias for this account. So I go to https://www.facebook.com/ and click the “I forgot my password” button. The hacker will see this and send me a fake link from https://www.facebook.com/ saying I need to update my password in order to log in again with a new password.
      • I click the link and it immediately logs me into my account, but there is nothing wrong with this because this is Facebook’s site. The hacker has used this form of cookie tracking to steal my username and password for my Facebook account, which allows them full access to all of the information about every other Facebook user that I am connected with (picture tagging, messaging, groups, etc.); all of which they can use to further steal information or spread spam.

All these websites asking me to accept these cookies…

But I still haven’t gotten even one of them!

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Cookie Tracking is a complex form of computer hacking, but it is very easy to stop. All the hacker needs are your username and password and you have no protection against it. There are many programs that can guard against cookie tracking; however, windows offer a free extension called “Microsoft Defender Browser Protection”.

This program runs when you start your browser and protects your entire account from address bar spoofs (i.e., fake websites). It has been created for Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Internet Explorer 7-11. Go to the following website: https://browserprotection.microsoft.com/learn.html and click on the “Learn More” button.

Screenshot From Microsoft Page

1) Click on the “Learn More” link on that page above to download it. You should see the page in the image below.

2) Click on the “Add to chrome button” If you’re using a different browser it would be “Add to {your browser)”.

That’s all you are ready to go. The extension was designed to keep to protect you from online phishing attacks and malware. You can also uninstall it with the tap of a button.

3) How do you know if the new extension is working? Microsoft has a SmartScreen test site that is available by visiting https://demo.smartscreen.msft.net/. Just click on any of the URL Rep Demos to test the browser extension to ensure it is working.

Screenshot from Microsoft Page

Websites that are not regulated by the U.S. Government are a hotbed for cookie tracking and hacking. There are sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and many other social media sites that allow people to share information about their personal lives; such as emails, pictures, and videos with their friends and family without security guards protecting this data (such as the government). This makes them a larger target for hackers because that data can be sold or used for other malicious activities such as stealing identities or credit card information.

In order to protect your accounts, you should use unique passwords for every site you use. This does not mean that you should use a random combination of letters, numbers, and symbols as passwords because this is easily crackable by computer programs.

You should create passwords that contain a letter from each word in the sentence of the website you are trying to access. For example, if I am trying to log in to http://facebook.com, I would create a password such as “I_love_puppies” because Facebook is an acronym for “Facebook” and therefore contains all 4 letters in the acronym for which I am accessing that website. Please also make sure to do this with all of your other websites.

Additionally, you should use a password manager such as LastPass or KeePass that automatically creates passwords for you that are unique and secure so that you do not forget them. You can also use the above-mentioned method to create strong passwords for your computer and mobile devices.

Something else you should consider doing is creating a secondary email account from your email provider if they allow it. If they do not allow this, consider switching providers. For example, I have a Gmail account but I also created a Yahoo account with the same username (“ritacervantes@gmail.com”). I use this Yahoo account for all of my games, Facebook accounts, and other websites so that if my Gmail account is hacked, they do not have access to all of my other sites. This is a simple process that can save you from quite a bit of trouble later on.

If someone has already hacked your email account, there are certain steps you can take to remedy this situation:


1) First, go to the website “Account Killer”: https://www.accountkiller.com/en/.

This website allows you to enter your email and any website used on the email; it will then delete everything from that account including all emails. You can then recover your email account from the new account you just created with your new, unique password.


2) Once you have created the new email account, go to the website “Email Control”: https://www.emailcontrol.com/

This website is very simple and allows you to change or remove all your old passwords, etc. You may also want to change your password for any other accounts that have been compromised by Cookie Tracking or hacking to a newly created, unique password (such as “I_love_puppies”).


3) You can also go to the website “Comodo Web Inspector”: https://inspector.comodo.com/

To check for any tracking or hacking that may have taken place on your computer, then fix it accordingly.


In summary,

cookie tracking is something that anyone can get, so it is important to use basic security measures such as creating strong passwords for your computers and mobile devices (i.e., “I_love_puppies”) and using this to protect your email accounts as well. You can also protect yourself from cookie tracking by creating a browsing protection program that makes sure you are not visiting fake websites. These programs can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft website at https://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/content.

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