Web Bugs

A Story from News.com tells the dangers of \"Web Bugs\", Web bugs are little electronic tags that help Web sites and advertisers track visitors, rather than using cookies, they use little tiny images to track you.

\"A Web bug \"is like a beacon, so that every time you hit a Web page it sends a ping or call-back to the server saying \'Hi, this is who I am and this is where I am,\'\" said Craig Nathan\"Most computers have cookies, which are placed on a person\'s hard drive when a banner ad is displayed or a person signs up for an online service. Savvy Web surfers know they are being tracked when they see a banner ad. But people can\'t see Web bugs, and anti-cookie filters won\'t catch them. So the Web bugs wind up tracking surfers in areas online where banner ads are not present or on sites where people may not expect to be trailed.

That was the case last month when the White House ordered its drug policy office to stop using Web bugs on the government\'s anti-drug site Freevibe.com. Following the mandate, the Clinton administration issued strict new rules regulating federal use of the technology, which can surreptitiously collect personal information.

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