Oh my! So I guess people need to realize that “free stuff” has costs associated with them, huh?
Most websites you visit are monitoring your behavior, even after you leave.
They install little files like cookies, beacons, and flash cookies to see where
you go, what you buy, even what text you’re typing. WSJ analyzed the tracking behavior of the top 50 websites online to see how each of them is watching your every step, and then reselling the info to the highest bidder. For instance, did you know that Dictionary.com gives its users up to 159 cookies, 23 flash cookies and 41 beacons for third parties?
Check out their big interactive infographic – careful, it takes a while to
load – for more info on other big sites like Verizon’s, MSN.com, and
What They Know [WSJ] (Thanks to Matt!)