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Old 04-20-02, 04:30 PM
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Some websites will give you different prices if they can figure out who you are or some general facts about your machine.

I had gotten different prices on the same books at BAMM.COM (wal-mart-owned version of amazon books) on the same day. I had jumped to it as a new customer from a price comparison site. That variable pricing was annoying. I didn't have to manually delete any cookies to get that variable pricing.

One site demonstrating some things to help determine who you are (and thus how to set the prices on the website for you) is:

What Information Can The Websites I Visit Find Out About Me?

Some types of info can be fetched even if you are hiding behind a firewall. If not, the site might load or update a plugin certificate for your browser. There was a site that proved that a site could read a different site's cookies that were stored on your machine, but I have forgotten that URL. It had been posted in the dvdtalk thread on privacy long ago, but that thread expired. Another demonstration that looks into the contents of your machine to determine who you are is at:

What can they find out by spying through my browser?[

I wonder if dvdtalk can tell from my browser whether or not I am Jeremy Lancaster in disguise?

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Re: Privacy in your browser

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There was a site that proved that a site could read a different site's cookies that were stored on your machine, but I have forgotten that URL. It had been posted in the dvdtalk thread on privacy long ago, but that thread expired.
But it's still in "that other" current thread...

http://ns2.focalhost.com/proof.php
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so I guess if i went to the first site and the popup showed nothing then I am doing ok for now
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I don't think so. Here's what it showed for me, but I know a site can get my IP.

Here's What We Could Find Out About You.

Your IP Address:
Your Host:
Your User Name:
Respond To Port:
Browser/OS:
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I don't think so. Here's what it showed for me, but I know a site can get my IP.

Here's What We Could Find Out About You.

Your IP Address:
Your Host:
Your User Name:
Respond To Port:
Browser/OS:
yeah I know some sites can get my ip address also.

I figure I am somewhat safe. I am using a router and zonealarm.

of course if someone wants to get in i bet they will find a way if they try long enough

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