If you have the sneaking suspicion that someone is watching you, you are absolutely right.

While you surf the web and shop online, someone is always watching you. Most consumers are comfortable with sharing information with the sites they actually visit, say Amazon.com, but the ethics of preserving privacy get a little fuzzy when a third party gets involved.

When you visit online stores, your information is stored within that site via cookies. These first party cookies can enhance your shopping experience with nifty features like suggesting related items or sending you e-mail reminders when things on your wish list go on sale. But these little carriers of information come with a dark side as well.

Companies use cookies to track your online habits and to match your personal interests with their products, but large advertising and social networks can track your behavior across many different sites. Cookies that belong to these large networks stalk your online behavior, and tailor the advertisements you see based on your browsing history.

These methods have sparked privacy concerns among browsers, as there are currently no limits to the types of information that can be stored or shared from cookies. While there has been some push for stricter regulations and transparency in regard to cookies, consumers are still entirely responsible for managing their personal information. Learn from the below infographic how to keep your cookies from being shared with large third party networks to safeguard your information.

Infographic Source : BackgroundCheck.org

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