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Strider URL Tracer with Typo-Patrol

Last Updated: January 20, 2010

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When a user visits a Web site, her browser may be instructed to visit other third-party domains without her knowledge. Some of these third-party domains raise security, privacy, and safety concerns. The Strider URL Tracer, available for download, is a tool that reveals these third-party domains, and it includes a Typo-Patrol feature that generates and scans sites that capitalize on inadvertent URL misspellings, a process known as typo-squatting. The tool also enables parents to block typo-squatting domains that serve adult ads on typos of children's Web sites.



Strider URL Tracer for Privacy Patrol:
Providing Visibility into the World-Wide Web of Beacons and Cookies

Use the Strider URL Tracer to automatically and systematically expose third-party web beacons and bugs, and then seriously ask the following questions: "What data are you collecting about me?"; "Are you following the privacy rules by giving me proper notices and choices?"; "Are you safely storing the data and for how long?"; "Who in your company has access to the data?"; "Are you correlating the data with other potentially personally identifiable information without my permission?"; "Are you selling or sharing the data with other companies without my knowledge?"; etc.

Proper uses of web beacons can improve web sites' ROI and web users' experience; abusive uses of web beacons may invade user privacy. Strider URL Tracer brings web beacons to the spotlight, including all third-party URLs because any of them could be used as a generalized form of web beacons.


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