As I mentioned in my last post, a lot of people here at VOX have jumped on the StatCounter Bandwagon. This has seriously changed the dynamic here at VOX for a great many people. Why? Because anyone who has installed StatCounter in their VOX is able to acquire the following information on visitors to their blog:
♠ Country of origin
♠ IP Address (which is your computer’s or network’s individual identification number)
♠ Internet Service Provider (which often indicates a specific city)
♠ Operating System
♠ Browser version
♠ Pages accessed
♠ Referring links
♠ Date and time of visit
♠ Duration of visit
♠ Number of return visits and pageloads
Needless to say, with all this information plus what one can gather from individual blogs themselves, the potential is there for some seriously creepy stalkerish activities. I have known people in the past who had nothing but time for that shit and so I completely understand that some of you might be just a tad unnerved by how easy it is for someone to get so much info on you just because you popped into their blog.
I’m here to help.
Is it like castrating a rabid dog? Well yeah, sort of. It’s like castrating a rabid dog that keeps looking in your window.
Now, there is one major requirement you may not be willing/able to complete, so we’ll just get to that first. You must be using the Firefox web browser for this method to work. StatCounter tells me most of my visitors use Firefox, but if you are not using and/or will not use it, then you’ll have to find some other way on your own. I have no idea if Internet Explorer has a similar tool because I hate IE with the fire of a thousand suns. My only Mac is at work and I never use it to surf the internet, so I can’t help you there, either. Sorry.
Now, go to a person’s site who has StatCounter installed (you can do it here if you’ve arrived prior to my getting bored with StatCounter and dumping it). Open Adblock by clicking the word "Adblock" in the bottom right corner of your browser and then look for the file highlighted in the image below (1). That’s the bugger that’s ratting you out. Little asshole. The root is, unsurprisingly, http://www.statcounter.com/. So, in the field at the bottom of the window, enter that with an asterisk after it (2).** That will tell Adblock to block everything from StatCounter’s website.
I should probably mention, in case it isn't overtly obvious, that if you block StatCounter in this way, you won't be able to use it to track others, either. In other words, you'll have to work harder to uphold your double standard. Please don't ask me for help doing this.
Hope this helps you, makes you feel less creeped-out, whatever. Of course, there are gobs of these things out there, and my method only deals with StatCounter. If you’re truly worried about being invisible on the ‘net, you’ll want to do more in depth research. Me, I’m tired of typing. Bye.
*I’m sure SixApart would be most grateful if you would refrain from using it to block the ads at VOX. They gotta pay the bills for us somehow!