Wed, Feb 02, 2022

Fingerprinting

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If you haven't heard of Browser Fingerprinting you might want to give this article on Pixel Privacy a read. 

https://pixelprivacy.com/resources/browser-fingerprinting/

But the high-level version is it's a method of using the users' device itself as a method of identifying that specific machine. This can be done using javascript with ~99% accuracy. 

https://github.com/fingerprintjs/fingerprintjs

https://css-tricks.com/css-based-fingerprinting/

This doesn't need cookies it's entirely based on the browser being used and the identification of the hardware it runs on. This means that incognito and cookie blocking is irrelevant as this technique doesn't require cookies and your machine is the same on incognito.

In the past days, we had this article posted

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/researchers-gpus-can-be-used-for-digital-fingerprinting-and-web-tracking

regarding using the GPU on a machine to further allow high precision identification of machines.