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Different computer, different browser, how does it know what I looked for ?

By louwho ·
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Different windows systems, different rooms, different (and sometimes same) browsers (Chrome\edge), and yet when I first start the browser, I see ads for things that I searched for on other computers. How is this possible, what is being stored\where?
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Search for IP address online

by birdmantd Moderator In reply to Different computer, diffe ...

The advertisers are smarter than you think and you have an online profile that follows you. Think of internet cookies.....

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Many "log in" to Chrome.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Different computer, diffe ...

So cookies and more follow you.

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Cookies on the product host systerm, that have my ip address ?

by louwho In reply to Different computer, diffe ...

Cookies on the product host systerm, that have my ip address ? Or is this something on my computers, and if so, in either case...how to prevent this?

If I look at a product using Chrome, how does it show up as an ad when I use Edge, on a different computer.?

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Tough question

by birdmantd Moderator In reply to Cookies on the product ho ...

Your profile tends to follow you. I suppose if you created a unique profile for each computer that you use, you might control it better.

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Exactly how ?

by louwho In reply to Tough question

I appreciate the replies about browser profiles, but it still leaves me in the dark. Can someone point me to a more thorough article on how this is done? Whenever I open a browser, does it search for folders on the computer, on any computer on my home network, for every other possible browser to determine what I search for on that browser? Is there some bucket out on the web, that every browser dumps my search information, based on my IP address, etc. etc. ?? Thanks

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The bucket is on the web.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Exachtly how ?

I'm going to note just 2 ways and not the dozens of other ways.

1. You use a Microsoft email/cloud login. So much tracking goes with this.
2. You use Chrome and login. So much syncing, sharing of what you did elsewhere and now on this new PC.

Remember this is the usual of dozen of privacy leaks and to find out why in your case, more would have to be told.

However you can explore a little about how much leaks just by using the email/cloud login of Windows 10 at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/view-your-data-on-the-privacy-dashboard-03d3e27f-1981-5ff4-ba1c-d6b1031ae433

Notice how much you leak just with that?

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