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Cookieless tracking by tradedoubler

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Hi,

I used a highly reputable comparison website today and after weighing up the list of offers it returned for my product search I opted for an offer from an equally reputable company. I clicked on the link in the comparison website which sent me through to the company website via Clkuk.tradedoubler.com

I'm really careful about my online activities and after browsing I clear all cookies and cache and then scan using malwarebytes. I noticed that an extra three files were present after the scan.


Knowing that I had only visited the comparison website and done the above I concluded that tradedoubler may have been the culprit. I visited their website and discovered that they offer their customers cookieless tracking to bypass people like me who clear their browser preciously because they don't want to be tracked. It seems tradedoubler think it's OK to take that choice away from consumers.


They claim on their website that they don't collect personal identifiers but I still don't think this is acceptable. They even claim to be able to track activity while a consumer's device is offline! I mean what?! So I assume as soon as you connect back onto the internet it pings all your offline activity to their servers. Not cool. Is this not circumventing GDPR? It feels incredibly dodgy...


Anybody else heard of this and have any thoughts about it? And how on earth do I get rid of their sneaky files? Factory reset?

 

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Posted (edited)

Greetings,

I did a quick search (via DuckDuckGo as I don't use Google much these days due to privacy concerns) and discovered that they are considered by many to be an adware vendor so I can definitely understand your concerns.  I'm not certain what you can do to eliminate whatever they might have placed on your mobile device, but I did find this information which might prove helpful if you have any PCs affected by their software/site(s).

That said, we do offer free, expert malware removal services for Android devices so if you'd like to get your device checked and cleared of any threats you may create a new thread in that area by clicking here and one of our mobile malware removal specialists will assist you directly once one becomes available, or, if you prefer to do so privately you may contact Malwarebytes Support directly for assistance with this issue via one of the options on this page and they should be able to help.

I have my own thoughts with regards to privacy on the web, but rather than bombard you with a massive post of my opinions, tools and contextual links to relevant info on the subject, I'll stay on topic and will provide more detailed info in the PC Help and/or General Chat area if you wish to continue that side of the conversation there.  Right now I think it's more important to just make sure that your device is clean and to do something about it if it isn't.

While you're getting help with your issue, you might also inquire about whether or not the (currently free) beta Malwarebytes browser plugin for Chrome (should work with any Chromium based browser, not just Google Chrome) and Firefox (again, should work with any Firefox/Mozilla based browser) is compatible with mobile devices as you may find it useful in keeping safe online and protecting your privacy (it blocks many ads and trackers in addition to scams, phishing sites and malware servers).

Edited by exile360

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Posted (edited)

Hi exile360,


Thanks for taking the time to reply and provide helpful suggestions.

I'll have a think about the next move regarding my phone as I'm not sure that anything massively untoward has occurred as malwarebytes didn't pick anything suspicious up when I scanned and I have real time protection on as well.

It would be interesting to hear thoughts on this topic though as it's a new one on me...

Edited by bumblebee

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Posted (edited)
11 hours ago, exile360 said:

While you're getting help with your issue, you might also inquire about whether or not the (currently free) beta Malwarebytes browser plugin for Chrome (should work with any Chromium based browser, not just Google Chrome) and Firefox (again, should work with any Firefox/Mozilla based browser) is compatible with mobile devices as you may find it useful in keeping safe online and protecting your privacy (it blocks many ads and trackers in addition to scams, phishing sites and malware servers).

Just to note that the Malwarebytes browser add-on for Firefox Android is available , I have it on Firefox on my phone.

Not sure about the Chrome for Android add-on, but I don't see why it wouldn't be available if the Firefox one is.

Edited by nukecad

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