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The do-not-track feature of browsers is useless

Therefore, one of the many measures that we may be carrying out at this moment in order to protect our personal information, is to make use of the tool known as “do not track” of our Web navigator Favourite. However, and from what he is now beginning to reveal, that extra layer of security used by million users around the world while browsing the internet, it does nothing at all to protect us.

This is something that has been with us for about ten years, we refer to the function originally called “Do not track”Or DNT, which in theory works in a similar way to aΒ«blacklist of sites Β»for Internet. Thus, it sends a message to the website that we are using and that we do not want it to track us, so in theory, if we activate this tool, the portals will not be able to sell our data to third parties, nor will they use them for the purpose of marketing Y advertising.

Now, the problem is that most of the affected websites do not respect the requests of the DNT of our browserIn this way, only a few pay attention to its configuration, among which stands out, for example, Pinterestas it does take this function into account.

On the other hand we find the largest websites in the world, including Google, Yahoo!, Twitter or Facebook, which completely ignore the browser request, even if we have DNT activated when browsing the Net.

The “Do Not Track” of browsers is of little or no use

One of the reasons for all this is that, until now, governments have refused to adopt any legislation to ensure that websites who ignore DNT requests are penalized. Also, if the websites respect the DNT requests, they could lose a good deal of money for the sale of our data and for advertising, so there is no incentive for these portals to stop track us while we use them.

Of course, we can always use others systems well known, such as the use of a VPN or virtual private network, which also has the added advantage of avoiding annoying geo-blocking and increases our Privacy when moving around the Internet.