Here are tweaks we can use to play dodgeball with Google.
Since your IP and computer info can be beamed into Google’s hands as soon as you hit ‘Submit’ on your bitchin post (about Google of course :P) at a forum or blog that uses Google Analytics, I’d say this isn’t such a bad idea after all.
Not all website visitors like to reveal their details to the website owner. If you are one of these visitors, you can block Google Analytics from tracking your visits by adding the following line to your Windows Hosts file.
# [Google Inc]
Google Analytics (also known as Urchin) is a service from Google that helps website owners analyze how users use their sites. Information about your use of a certain website (including your IP address) can automatically be transmitted to and stored by Google using cookies.
As it can be seen on this Google support page, webmasters must – in order to track your visits – reference a script on â€œwww.google-analytics.comâ€?. To avoid being tracked, simply install the FireFox adblock plugin and site-block www.google-analytics.com/*
Since I don’t really use Firefox all that much (I prefer fast browsing and the clean page rendering that IE gives me – boosted with CrazyBrowser Multi-Tab Surfing), I’m trying to fiddle with my HOSTS file. Seems I can’t edit it (even after I untick read-only). grrrr
I’m working with this info page Hosts File.