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    Yahoo Beacons: Tracking you Wherever you are!

    Yahoo tracks all of its users everywhere on the web and the way to opt-out is detailed below. If you have a Yahoo e-mail account or belong to one of Yahoo's many Yahoo groups, this probably applies to you. Yahoo has probably been tracking everything you do online. Follow the instructions precisely to opt out of this. Notice the important part at the very end.

    "Yahoo is now using something called 'Web Beacons' to track Yahoo Group users around the net and see what you're doing and where you are going similar to cookies. Yahoo is recording every website and every group you visit.

    Take a look at their updated privacy statement:
    http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy

    About half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will see a link that says web beacons. Click on the phrase web beacons.
    http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy/us/...s/details.html

    That will bring you to a paragraph entitled "Outside the Yahoo Network."

    In this section you'll see a little "click here to opt out" link that will let you "opt-out" of their new method of snooping.

    Once you have clicked that link, you are exempted. Notice the "Success" message on the top of the next page. Be careful because on that page there is a "Cancel Opt-out" button that, if clicked, will **undo** the opt-out. So don't reflexively click that button, or you will undo the opt-out ! Feel free to forward this to other groups."

    http://forevergeek.com/security/yaho...ere_you_go.php


    This may be old news for some but I thought it would prove useful to many.

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    i heard that when you opt-out it places a xookie on your computer. if you delete this cookie you are back in the monitoring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egghead
    i heard that when you opt-out it places a xookie on your computer. if you delete this cookie you are back in the monitoring.

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    where did you hear that? Just curious.

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    i read it on an internet news site last year.

    i do believethe article was discussing how to opt-out of monitoring from yahoo but i do not have a link so this info is speculation until the info is verified.

    I have known about web beacons or web bugs for quite sometime.

    from webopedia,
    Also called a Web bug or a pixel tag or a clear GIF. Used in combination with cookies, a Web beacon is an often-transparent graphic image, usually no larger than 1 pixel x 1 pixel, that is placed on a Web site or in an e-mail that is used to monitor the behavior of the user visiting the Web site or sending the e-mail. When the HTML code for the Web beacon points to a site to retrieve the image, at the same time it can pass along information such as the IP address of the computer that retrieved the image, the time the Web beacon was viewed and for how long, the type of browser that retrieved the image and previously set cookie values.
    http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/W/Web_beacon.html

    found this quote from a forum,
    You can only opt-out if you (a) are aware that they exist, (b) can find the opt-out form and then (c) determine that the opt-out procedure (based on the IP used in the opt-out process ... gotta do it for every IP address you may use, dial-up or otherwise) has functioned correctly.
    http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum35/3372.htm

    Here is another site,
    When conducting research Yahoo!'s practice is to require our partners to disclose the presence of these web beacons on their pages in their privacy policies and state what choices are available to users regarding the collection and use of this information. You may choose to opt-out of Yahoo! using this information for this research.
    Please click here (http://pclick.yahoo.com/p?optout) to opt-out.
    Note: This opt-out applies to a specific browser rather than a specific user.
    Therefore you will have to opt-out separately from each computer or browser that you use.
    http://help.lockergnome.com/lofiversion/index.php/t34510.html


    I will try to locate the story but I think it may be too difficult to find.

    This thread could be a good sticky due to the fact the web beacons will not go away and new users should have easy access to this info.
    Last edited by egghead; June 12th, 2005 at 17:16 PM.
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    great...

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    That's all I need is some "yahoo" tracking me down offering cookies.

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