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MtnMagic said:
This is just one reference that originally concerned me:
Is Alexa Spying on You?

http://www.imilly.com/alexa.htm
Thanks Magic. For anyone using the 'Related Links' feature of IE which is enabled by the Tools-->Show Related Links menu item, you'll probably want to have a look at Magic's link above.
 

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My spyware software prevents me from your link

Logged Entry Monday, Apr 5 2004 at 08:42:01 AM
Remote Port: 1185
Local Port: 80
Host: 127.0.0.1 (SpyBlocker)
[SPYWARE]
[BUG]
[BLOCKED]
GET /browse/categories?catid=10379 HTTP/1.0
Accept: */*
Referer: http://AlpineZone.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=8440
Accept-Language: en-us
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
Host: www.alexa.com
Connection: Keep-Alive

and I'm pleased that it does because due to the many security reasons I stated above. Alexa is included with I. E. It is added to eAcceleration, Download Accelerator and others as a "drive by download." Ad-aware, Spybot and others will clean these pests.

Alexa and alexa.bckp have been removed from my pc many times in six months and the quarrantine details list the reason as "tracking cookies."

The alexa-key is a browser-addin which collects personal data about your surfing habits. It has a tracking cookie and is a data miner. For more info go to the producers of alexa: http://www.alexa.com and you can read for hours how they want to track everyone. No thank you.
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Magic - you've stated already your distaste for tracking cookies. Obviously Alexa tracks where you go as that's how it is able to determine traffic rank. I've had it installed for some time and have seen no ill-effect. To each his own. Some people are big privacy nuts and that's fine, and I'm not advocating that people install it if they're uncomfortable. It's just a fun thing to watch...
 

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On the other hand your site is the finest site in New England and the most popular to me. You work extremely hard to make it #1 and it shows!
 

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MtnMagic said:
On the other hand your site is the finest site in New England and the most popular to me. You work extremely hard to make it #1 and it shows!
Thanks Magic. Your enthusiasm has certainly contributed to its success!
 

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I've uninstalled the Alexa toolbar. Not so much because it caused any problems, but after some time using it, I feel it's basically useless in determining a site's popularity. Take a look at this graph:

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/t...large&compare_sites=&url=alpinezone.com#graph

Any guesses on when my two vacations (I wasn't on the site at all) were? If one user (me) can have such an impact, it doesn't speak well for the relevance of the technology... :roll:
 

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Greg said:
MtnMagic said:
Well, I'm sure some will agree and some will disagree. Here is my $.02:
Alexa is great -- as long as it is not on your machine! Here is why I feel this way. It:

Tracks or Profiles you.
Gathers Private and Confidential Information from you.
Installs software on your machine without your approval.
Has Unsafe Content.
No Content other than Advertisements and Popup windows.
Contains a Possible Keylogger Program.

The first thing I tell everyone is to delete Alexa.exe on their pc. ( Watch out for Alexa back up. exe!) I believe everything I do (my surfing habits) is no ones business but my own!

Heck, I even prohibit AlpineZone from sending me cookies from rcm.amazon.com or ad.doubleclick.net or any others I deem intrusive.

Now I've spoken my piece -- that's how I feel. All thoughts are certainly most welcomed. My $.02.
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Can you point to some sort of reference outlining the above points about Alexa? I'll research it too. I certainly don't want to promote anything that is too intrusive.

Sorry about the ad cookies, Magic. I like to think the advertising I do have is pretty limited and as non-intrusive as possible...


The Alexa Toolbar is SPYWARE. It records what websites you visit and transmits this information back to corporate headquarters.
http://www.spywareguide.com/product_show.php?id=418

SpywareGuide.com is an authority on what does what:
http://www.spywareguide.com/product_search.php.

If anybody needs help this or any other PC issue, please feel free to contact me. This is what I do for a living.
 
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