Don’t want hackers to know your location? You better stay far away from the internet. A new tracking method reportedly lets hackers track your location from anywhere using an innovative new method.
That method is called “geo inference” and it relies on using data you leave behind at popular websites. The technique was revealed in a new report by researchers at the University of Singapore.
Every time you visit a popular website, data is left behind in your browser’s cache. This data is easily mined by third party websites through the use of crafty scripts.
The more often you dump your browser’s cache, the less likely you will be affected by this technique.
What kind of information can hackers learn? A simple visit to Google leaves a cookie with your country. Using Google Maps can create a cookie pointing to your exact location – like your home address or your current location on planet earth.
All Major Browsers Susceptible
According to researchers, all major browsers are susceptible to the new attack method, including Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer. Of the top 100 most popular websites in the UK, Australia, USA, Japan, and Singapore, 60% left behind data that could be read using this attack method.
How to Avoid These Attacks
These attacks are hard to avoid. If you’re like most people, you use browsers like Chrome or Internet Explorer and you visit popular websites like Google and Google Maps every day.
You can, however, avoid all tracking simply by using a browser like Tor. Tor prevents cookie tracking by running your data through a complex onion proxy-like tool.
Alternatively, you can browse in Incognito Mode at all times or just clear your cache frequently. If you don’t have a cache, then you don’t have anything for hackers to track.