How to Block Tracking Software

by Dan Boone

You may have been hijacked virtually. Someone or some company could be tracking you and you don't even know it. Tacking software can monitor strokes on your keyboard, websites you visit and more. If enough information about you is gathered, you can be the victim of identity theft. Unfortunately, data mining, spyware and other tracking software is legal. The good news is you can mount a counteroffensive by blocking tracking software.

Choose spyware tracking and blocking software. Abine, Barracuda Networks, Java Cool Software, Soft Sea, Webroot and others are all companies that have developed blocking software. Instead of you and your computer connecting directly to your network server, a website, an email program and other data-sensitive areas, the software automatically hides you from everyone.

Download and install the blocking software you have decided to utilize on your computer. Click the software installation icon and run the installer program that automatically begins, after you click on the icon. The installer will prompt you when it is finished.

Start the blocking application by clicking its icon on your desktop. Open the "Read me" file to further familiarize yourself with the features of the software.

Configure the blocking software preferences. Go to the menu bar in the software application that is open. Choose "File" and scroll down to "Preferences." A preferences window will open with factory-set default choices. Choose the default preference items you want, or disable preferences from the default settings you do not want. When finished, click "Save."

Restart your computer. Access the Internet or other areas of your computer. Now it's just you and your computer. No one can track what it is you are doing.

About the Author

Dan Boone has been writing since 1999. His work has appeared on and he wrote for the "Virgin Voice" magazine and its website, Virgin Voices. Boone has a Bachelor of Arts in composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also holds a certificate in digital-sound engineering from the Trebas Institute in Montreal.

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