NewcastleOnHunter does not use any information about you. Nor does it run advertisements of any type, or reproduce “live” content from sources other than our own website server.
We do, however, run a bevy of website scripts to enhance our pages, and security tools to protect them. These scripts may contain hidden code that tracks you and we have little chance of ever knowing if they do. The security tools seek to protect us against attack, but there is no such thing as perfect security. Therefore, your device (PC, tablet, phone) should run security software to protect it from infected web pages. And that includes, potentially, our web pages.
NewcastleOnHunter’s Internet (web) server does – like every website on the Internet – collect basic (non-identifying) information (e.g.: computer network address aka IP address) about visitors and store it in files. These log files usually fill and expire after weeks or months.
As webmaster, I only access these log files to see which Internet address is attacking our site. But even such an IP address is either falsified by the attacker or is a real person’s computer infected by hidden software and doing the attacker’ work. So.. moot, eh?
Despite NewcastleOnHunter not actively tracking visitors, your Internet browser software and apps do keep such information stored on your computer/tablet/phone for years. That has nothing to do with us. But you need to know this.
Your PC, tablet, phablet, or smart phone uses software to visit websites and access services. That software is variously known as web browser, Internet browser, or simply “app” (which is short for application, aka computer program). Smart phones and phablets are but small and powerful computers that happen to make phone calls and fit in your pocket.
All Internet browsers and apps are nosy, intrusive, and cannot be trusted. Their job is to be furtively used by advertising and marketing companies and governments to, literally. snoop on you.
These organizations exist with one purpose: to know where you go on the Internet, to understand why you go there and what you do, and to thereby profile you. Deducing your name and address after that is, to them, trivial.
How do they do this? Learn about “cookies” – click here. No, not yummy.
If this is news to you, do two things:
- Take stock of what you are doing on the Internet. With today’s technology, that also includes simply using a smart phone or watching Wi-Fi-connected TV.. or driving a new car. Or not even glancing at a street ‘security’ camera [paranoia links here and here].
- Take some time out and learn about the system that is – literally – farming you, like livestock.
Be warned, and be under no illusion about it, wherever you go and whatever you do on the Internet, you are being followed and recorded. In too many cases, you are being profiled by thousands of cross-referenced sources you interacted with on the web, to such extent that you personally are easily identified by name and address, even if none of those sources carried those details.
And then there are the information leaks.