What is Fingerprinting?
In general, fingerprinting is a procedure to uniquely identify a large set of data with a shorter signature called fingerprint. So far it's been used in many fields, to identify devices and individuals.
For instance, for counting unique installation of Desktop Software;
- a large set of information from the device such as CPU model, Network Device ID, Mac Address, Hard Disk vendor & size and many more, collected from the device
- then one can combine them in a unique way to come up with a short identifier called fingerprint.
This is a very naive example of fingerprinting for a special case, but it can be much more complicated than that.
Browsers are one of the most sophisticated softwares at the moment. Since, everyone needs them to browse the internet, web sites and applications on the web also looking forward to identifying their unique users for various purposes; performance monitoring, advertisement, marketing and more.
Normally, the expected way to track users is to rely on IP Addresses and Cookies with your consent. However, with the help modern web technologies included in browsers, there are new ways to identify and track users with/without their knowledge and with almost no way to avoid. This is why GDPR
developed and in effect since May 25th, 2018. However there are still known cases, where you cannot avoid browser fingerprinting without using a third party software or tool.
We suggest you to have a look at Browserleak
to see how modern web technologies in your browser can be used to collect enormous unique information about your browser, and eventually about you. You can also check Am I Unique
website to see if your private browser is unique or not, including a list of information collected from your browser. Electronic Frontier Foundation has a very nice research project called Cover Your Tracks
(a.k.a. Panopticlick) to investigate browser fingerprinting.
How it's related to Browseasy?
Browser fingerprints can also be used for other purposes rather than user tracking. And one of the use cases is to detect headless browsers, and potentially blocking their access to the web sites. With Stealth Mode
, Browseasy is able to generate random fingerprints per browser session, i.e. every headless browser you launch with Browseasy will produce a random fingerprint, different from each other. So you don't need to worry about your fingerprints on the web anymore.
Combining with Debugger, you can anonymously surf through the internet, without worrying about tracking and advertisement systems.