If you are worried about spies checking out your web surfing activities, install the Epic Privacy Browser. Michael Haz over at Lem's Levity recommended this browser. Epic provides the user with a quick summary of every tracker blocked each time you open a new page. Below, a screenshot of the Chicago Tribune homepage.
Wow! Check out the info box on the lower right hand corner of the page. 30 trackers blocked! The Tribune page won first prize among pages I usually visit. Here's a full size pic of that info box:
Why use Epic? Well, your life becomes an open book as soon as you start surfing the web. The government is spying on you. We know that. So is every advertiser on every page you visit.
Security and privacy certainly should concern you. All those cookies and trackers also degrade the performance of you computer over time. Plus, leaky browsers provide access to malware and viruses.
I'm going to have to do a little customizing of my Epic installation, because I do want to allow some cookies and tracking. For instance, I want Typepad to track the stats on my weblog.
Try out the Epic Privacy Browser. Defeat the spies! Check out Epic's Facebook page, too.