How Google Analytics looks like and where is Google Analytics placed?
It is placed before the tag of a webpage and can be customized. The unique Google Analytics account number of the webmaster or blogger will replace the xxxxxx-x characters in the above sample GA code.
How to Detect if a Website Uses Google Analytics?
Many website or blog uses Google Analytics e.g. linkedin.com, twitter.com, answers.com, myspace.com, brighthub.com, krebsonsecurity.com, dslreports.com, msmvps.com etc.
Another method to check if a webpage or blog has Google Analytics code is by using NoScript for Firefox or any other tools that logs the web-contents.
Stopping Google Analytics codes
To prevent Google Analytics in recording the pages you’ve visited or who referred you to visiting a website or blog, you can use any of the following method:
- For Firefox users, get NoScript or Adblock Plus.
- For all users, use a Hosts file that includes Google Analytics in the blocked domains
- If you are using proxy network like Tor, that will mask your IP address, preventing GA to report inaccurate location of the visitor
- You can also block cookies for google-analytics.com. Your visit will still be logged, but it will make you more anonymous. Learn more about how to do this here.
Google Analytics is like any other web analytics service helps the webmaster know what popular sites and keywords that their visitors have entered. It also helps to identify who their referrers are but it can pose privacy and security risk. An example is the recent security and privacy incident when Google, Intel, Adobe and other big company have become victims by hackers that attacked them via the flaw in a very old version of IE, and the attack has been dubbed as “Operation Aurora”. The IP addresses of the visitors of those affected company or websites has been released to hackers, as per reports. You don’t have to prevent visiting the website, forum or blog who uses Google Analytics. Simply block Google Analytics code, if you wish.