After installing browser extensions to my browser. I learned a lot more about how much information is open to the public. I to be honest was shocked by the results I got back from the extensions. I was unaware of how much tracking goes on at the individual level online. Now after this exercise, I am aware of how these companies market their products to specific clientele. I also am aware now how when I search things on google how they appear on my recommend items shortly after.
I believe this collection method impedes on our privacy rights as the consumer because these companies don’t make us aware that they are tracking us besides in the fine print which is very hard to read.
The extensions I used were Duckduckgo and ghostery. I found both of these extensions very interesting because they allowed me to see what tracking devices they have on me at all times while ghostery also blocks all of the ads from the website which gives you a much different view on sites that rely heavily on advertisement. These extensions opened up a new view of the internet for me. In the past, I have kind of become accustomed to a bunch of ads being included on the sites I searched and never really realized the quantity of these ads. Now, I realize how crazy many ads there actually are by using these extensions. This is even with my ad blocker software which does not allow ads to pop up on my computer. I believe these extensions really change the internet and I will definitely continue using them in the future. I would also like to do some outside research on more extensions to see what other extensions are capable of doing.