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If you've never made a website, you might have not heard of AddThis or ShareThis, but chances are you've encountered them. These services offer the "share" buttons that easily integrates into websites. However, this feature is also used by these companies to track visitors across the web.

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Your personal data can be collected by companies from many different sources and shaped into a "secret identity". This is when companies use information about you to assume your personality traits and predict your behaviour, and sell this profile onto others. But who are the companies behind this practice?

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We spoke to trans-right activists in three country: the Philippines, France and Argentina to understand how ID systems in their countries are impacting their lives and how certain legal frameworks may help them.

 

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In this guide you'll learn how to manually insert DNS entries for certain types of known hosts (e.g. ad-servers, trackers, malware websites) and point them to an empty address, so that those requests are blocked on your device. Unlike browser add-ons, DNS-level ad-blocking works on any application or service running on your device, not just your browser.

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Advertisers need to uniquely identify you across apps and websites in order to aggregate data they might collect about you from those sources. To do so, Microsoft issues an Ad ID for your device, which it then shares with advertisers so they can serve you ads based on your data. In this guide you'll learn how to opt-out of targeted ads on Windows.

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In this guide you'll learn how to configure your Safari browser settings to enhance your online privacy.

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Blocking ads and trackers on your devices typically requires manual labour on each individual device (e.g. installing an ad-blocker on your browser, another on your phone, and another on your tablet). In this guide you'll learn how to install and setup Pi-Hole, a general purpose network-wide ad-blocker, on a Raspberry Pi to block ads on any device connected to your home network.

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In this guide you'll learn how to manually insert DNS entries for certain types of known hosts (e.g. ad-servers, trackers, malware websites) and point them to an empty address, so that those requests are blocked on your device. Unlike browser add-ons, DNS-level ad-blocking works on any application or service running on your device, not just your browser.

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Until recently, advertisers have been able to track users across their iPhones and the web using the Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), a unique identifier that could be accessed by the apps you used and the site you visited. From version 14.5 of iOS, Apple gives you the option to opt out of tracking that apps would normally try to do. This guide shows you where to find these settings on your phone, and how to tweak them to keep pesky data hungry companies off the radar.

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Blokada is a free and open-source mobile application that uses DNS servers to block ads and trackers on your device to enhance your privacy. In this guide you'll learn how to install Blokada on your iOS device.

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uBlock Origin is a general purpose blocker for web browsers that blocks ads, trackers, and malware sites by default. In this guide, you'll learn how to install uBlock Origin on Firefox.

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In this guide you'll learn how to manually insert DNS entries for certain types of known hosts (e.g. ad-servers, trackers, malware websites) and point them to an empty address, so that those requests are blocked on your device. Unlike browser add-ons, DNS-level ad-blocking works on any application or service running on your device, not just your browser.

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Apple offers a way for advertisers to uniquely identify you in order to track your activity across applications and websites you consume on your mobile device. In this guide you'll learn how to hinder tracking on your MacOS device either by periodically resetting your Ad ID or by opting out completely.

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uBlock Origin is a general purpose blocker for web browsers that blocks ads, trackers, and malware sites by default. In this guide, you'll learn how to install uBlock Origin on Microsoft Edge.

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In this guide you'll learn how to configure your Edge browser settings to harden your online privacy.