One of the more malevolent issues with cyber security and privacy is web tracking. There are thousands of businesses whose only job is to monitor everything that you do on the web. With this massive dossier on almost everyone who connects to the web, advertisers, governments, and criminals can know more about you than your mother does.

Although there are several ways to avoid or block such tracking, the easiest and fastest option is by simply installing a browser extension/plug-in called Ghostery ( With Ghostery installed, you will immediately see who is tracking you, and more importantly, have the tools to block this tracking.

The next release of Practical Paranoia Security Essentials will include a section on Ghostery. A copy of the section is available here.

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