Very helpful member
- Dec 2, 2016
- DX FIBRO
thanks very much for that info, Jemima. I, for one, am creeped out by that.Oh, I see it! On the forum homepage - it says 77 right now. It's a mix of web crawling bots and trackers.
Web bots are usually just data collecting for search engines or for targeted advertising. Search engine bots crawl websites to update their indexes so that they can give good search results. Advertising trackers are gathering data to learn how to make people buy things - they are also why you will sometimes see advertising relevant to something you Googled or read about earlier - and they might come in the form of cookies or other types of trackers that either embed on your computer or profile your online behaviour. As we move around on the internet, we pick them up from different websites, and then they follow what we do elsewhere.
If you click on Current Visitors, you can see where the bots on the forum came from. I can see:
SEMRush, with is a search engine optimisation company
Google, Majestic-12, and Bing, all search engines
Applebot, crawls for Siri
Adsense, Oracle, AdmantX, and Proximic, all advertising bots
Search engine bots are useful - they are looking at websites rather than us and are how we are able to find what we want online. However, if you don't like the idea of advertising trackers, some browsers like Firefox have pretty good tracker protection built in, and plugins can add even more privacy. There's a great TED talk about trackers if you want to learn more.
Right, back to fibromyalgia and my coffee I hope everyone had a good day!
but also recognize that everything we do online is tracked all the time anyway, so the choice is ether don't let it bother me, or don't use the internet.
I do use an advertising blocker, though, and get zero ads. Love that.