24 Feb '17, 3pm

Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers for the First Time

Browsing the web just got a little less anonymous. The software that lets web sites identify you by certain characteristics of your computer and software was usually thwarted if you switched browsers. But now computer scientists have developed new browser fingerprinting software that identifies users across web browsers with a degree of accuracy that beats the most sophisticated single-browser techniques used today. The new method, created by Yinzhi Cao , a computer science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, accurately identifies 99.24 percent of users across browsers, compared to 90.84 percent of users identified by AmIUnique , the most advanced single-browser technique. Browser fingerprinting is an online tracking technique commonly used to authenticate users for retail and banking sites and to identify them for targeted advertising. By combing through infor...

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