- Anonymous: not identified by name or having no outstanding, individual, or unusual features
Some people believe they are anonymous online, which is "why people sometimes do things online that they would not do face-to-face. However, it’s nearly impossible to be completely anonymous online.”
Excerpt From: Common Sense Media. “Digital Literacy & Citizenship Teacher Edition: Grades 9-12.” Common Sense Media, 2014. iBooks. https://itun.es/us/1uPqV.n
Some ways your online activity is Tracked
- IP Addresses: A unique numerical address that is assigned to your computer. This address can be mapped back to the person using the address with help from Internet Service Providers.
- HTTP Referer: Is information that shows what page you are navigating from. For example, if you click a hyperlink in a text, information about the site you were "referred from" can be relayed to the site you navigate to.
- Cookies: Data files that are stored on your computer when you visit certain sites, which are often used by companies to identify repeat customers and personalize visitors’ experiences
- Tracking Scripts: Invisible elements on webpages you visit that are invisible to you, but are used to gather information to track your online behavior and gather information for analytics.