How can I stop my internet browser tracking my info?

Page updated: 21 November 2016

You can change your browser’s settings so it’ll tell you when cookies get sent to it. Or it can refuse cookies altogether. Check the Help section in your browser for more info.

You can change your BBC cookie settings here. And there’s more info about cookies in general here.

How can I stop browsers from tracking my information

How do web browsers track my info?

They use various technical tools, including:

  • Cookies
  • IP addresses
  • HTTP referrer
  • Tracking scripts
  • User agents
  • Browser fingerprinting.

The “Do Not Track” (DNT) setting

Some internet browsers have a DNT setting. This sends a signal to websites asking them not to track your browsing.

This doesn’t work with BBC websites at the moment. But you can always change your BBC cookie settings here.

How to avoid web beacons and other tracking technologies

You can normally render them ineffective by switching off cookies in your browser. There are also browser add-ons and extensions that specifically block web beacons.

To avoid web beacons in emails, you can turn off images in your email service. Check your email’s Help section to find out how.

There’s more info about these tracking technologies here.

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