Any Website Can Determine Where Its Visitors Have Been on the Internet
Whenever someone visits a website they are potentially exposing their entire browser history. A
new site, Web2.0collage.com, shows how easy it is for strangers to determine your browser
history. By constructing a collage of the sites that the user has visited, Web2.0collage.com mixes
art and technology to raise privacy awareness.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) July 13, 2009 -- The majority of people consider browser history to be
private, but that is no longer the case. Any website you visit can determine your browser history by exploiting the
very features designed to enhance your Internet experience, a fact many people are not aware of.
Web2.0collage.com is a new site designed to illustrate how easily browser history can be sniffed by compiling a
list of popular (and safe for work) websites illustrating which ones the user has visited. Once this list has been
compiled it is used to produce a visual collage representative of the user's browser history, providing an artful
reminder to all who visit that their private history really isn't all that private.
"This new site continues the long-standing tradition of using art to raise public awareness regarding
contemporary social issues," said Holden Karau, developer of Web2.0collage.com and a University of Waterloo
computer science student. "Since browser history sniffing, which can be used to determine the websites a person
has visited, is easily accomplished without the users knowledge or consent, the potential implications surrounding
this loss of privacy are frightening."
There are a number of scary applications of this technology, such as:
* Internet fraudsters can tailor their "phishing" (where they attempt to steal account and often financial
information) based on which bank site you use
* Increasingly oppressive regimes can covertly observe the browser history of their citizens and us it to crack
down on journalists, or citizens viewing independent media
* Job applicati