TrackBat

A project to learn more about how much we really are being tracked online.

The savy amongst us know that we can use our /etc/hosts file to route sites we don't like to localhost to stop our computers from speaking to trackers.

# cat /etc/hosts
127.0.0.1    localhost
255.255.255.255    broadcasthost
::1             localhost
127.0.0.1       facebook.com
127.0.0.1       www.facebook.com

However, if you point your /etc/hosts to trackbat, you can help us gather data about which sites and which endpoints are tracking you!

# cat /etc/hosts
127.0.0.1    localhost
255.255.255.255    broadcasthost
::1             localhost
trackbat.com    facebook.com
trackbat.com    www.facebook.com

This project is developed in the open, and be viewed at https://github.com/evantahler/trackbat

Thanks!