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    Default Opt out of Google Ad tracking

    This issue came up a little while back. We run a very small percentage of Google ADs on our site (less than 1% of the ad views). Google apparently tracks your interests from site to site and attempts to show you relevant ADs. Don't be mad at Google alone, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL and every other major company that is in any way associated with advertising is doing it.

    Anyhow I ran into this a moment ago Google Ads Preferences

    You can see what Google thinks your into and you can opt out as well. Not that it will do much good as the first time you clear your cookies you will have to opt out again. Apparently I am into computers and news. I am also in the 25 to 34 demographic.

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    3. If you delete this opt-out cookie, you will have to opt out again. Alternatively, Google offers options for you to permanently save your opt-out settings in your browser.

    I installed this no tracking cookie so I'll report back if it changes any of the searches I regularly make for business.

    I really don't want anyone dictating what I'm interested in. Kind of defeats the purpose of search to a degree.

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    This is a topic I wanted to research - so I'm glad the subject was raised. I tested the plugin and found it does not work. And opting out of regular html cookies also does not work.

    Mainly, because most every site that utilizes flash sets flash cookies.

    I took screenshots but the write up would be too long; I don't have time right now. But here's what I did.

    I installed the plugin in Chrome and verified it was loaded and working upon a fresh browser restart.

    I cleared my flash cookies.

    Visited a "test" website that I knew was rotating Google ads/adsense ads.

    Restarted Chrome and verified no flash cookies present.

    I came onto PB and scrolled thru the site navigation and refreshed the page multiple times to catch several rotating ads.

    Revisited my flash cookie panel and found the s.ytimg flash cookie present. This is a YouTube based cookie (and of course, YouTube is owned by Google)

    Re-visited the "test" website and found two ads that were found on PB - Call Fire and McGraw Insurance (which I never even saw on PB)

    I also performed the test in reverse - wherein, I cleared the flash cookies and started at the "test" page, where it set the s.ytimg flash cookie.

    Came back to PB and saw the same ads.

    As far as I am aware, there is no way to stop Flash cookies. In fact if you do, your Internet experience kinda sucks since most banks and other secure sites set persistent flash cookies, which keep you from having to resister your computer, or logging in to customized setting every time you visit the site.

    To find your flash cookies, do a google search under "adobe flash cookies" and the first result found will be your flash content control panel - and you can see who set cookies on your machine. That's a live panel, those are cookies on your machine and you can clear them.

    I routinely clean out my flash cookies. In fact a great, free program to clean ALL your cookies including the flash cookies is CCleaner. Clearing your html cccokies via a browser setting (clear cookies on exit) will not touch the flash cookies - you either need to do it manually theu that control panel I put up - or by using CCleaner.

    On a personal level, I don't mind flash banners and ads. Sometimes they're useful. But seeing the same ads over and over again is stale. I want some fresh ads!
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