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From Digital Trends

The Web is a dangerous place for privacy. Here, a list of the companies that are tracking your Web activity on the top 100 most-visited websites in the United States.

It’s no secret: Every move you make on the Web is being tracked, recorded, compiled, and used to sell advertising or otherwise finance the sites that we all know and love.

But such activity has come under increasing scrutiny from privacy advocates, and even the U.S. government. Which got me thinking: What are these companies that are doing the tracking? And which websites are they using to gather this information? Using two of the most popular anti-tracking extensions, Ghostery and Do Not Track Plus, I visited each of the top 100 most-visited websites in the U.S., according to Alexa, to dig a bit deeper into this whole tracking debacle.

In total, about 125 different companies or company products are used to track your online activity through the top 100 sites. Many of these are simple advertising networks — but others are particularly nefarious. To get a better sense of what each of these companies are, I reached out to attorney Sarah Downey, a privacy strategist for Abine, which created Do Not Track Plus. Based on her extensive research, here are some of the companies you should be most concerned about.

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The Cocoon toolbar includes a number of features and services to ensure the highest levels of privacy and security. Cocoon prevents advertisers and companies from monitoring online activity by blocking cookie tracking.

To prevent intrusions from Internet downloads, the smart proxy software instantly scans files downloaded for viruses, malware or malicious code before it reaches a user’s computer. Additionally, Cocoon offers disposable email addresses so that personal email boxes do not get jammed with spam.

Main Features
* Truly Anonymous Browsing
* Stops Online Tracking
* Anti-Virus Protection
* Secure Connection on Public WiFi
* Privacy on Shared Computers
* Browsing History Encrypted
* History Accessible on Multiple Devices
* Blocks Drive-by Malware Attacks
* Secures Webmail Access
* Cookies Stored off Your Computer
* Anonymous Email Addresses

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