In return for the convenience of being able to surf the internet at the tip of our fingertips we surrender our security and privacy. The problem is, we give it up without even knowing we are! Everything we visit a website or browse through the web, we are being tracked. This means that visiting one website can lead to multiple other sites being able to trace you. Information is often being traded back and forth between the sites while you browse without you even knowing. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Collusion I would have never known the extent of the lack of security we have on the internet today. The web browser app Collusion allows us to become aware of which of the sites we visit monitor us and what links they share the information with. The app Collusion helps to reassure me, even if it’s only the slightest bit, by allowing me the option to block known sites that are tracking me. It generates a graph that links everything site you visit to the network of links that it allows your information to leak to.
One would think that after knowing which sites has a network of tracers, and being able to block certain sites would make you feel safer. However in actuality, after only 20 mins of web surfing and seeing this graph makes reality all the scarier. Looking at the graph you see that one website will branch off into several other apps and I began to realize that everything was intertwined. Then it hit me, everyone and everything are connected. Instagram would link to Facebook, which would link to Youtube, tumblr and so forth. And each of these social media platforms branched off into their own set of tracers. This told me that they were all connected. Watching me, tracing me, tracking me. Internet safety is more than just taking precautions about what you’re uploading on Facebook and Instagram. In today’s society where the world wide web is so invisible you have to take more steps to ensure you’re protecting yourself and I believe Collusion is the beginning of something great that can help make the internet a safer and better place for everyone.