Saturday, May 05, 2007

Update on Statcounter: No spyware

I use Statcounter to track visitors to my blog and have been happy with it so far. This email from Statcounter increased my confidence further. Thought you might want to read it:

A few months back, Statcounter was approached by an advertiser, offered lots of $$$, and asked to include a spyware cookie on all of our member sites…we refused on the spot.

You install Statcounter to track visitors to your site NOT to open yourself and your visitors up to being spied upon by phantom advertising corporations.

It appears, however, that other players in the world of webstats were happy to take up this offer…

We were shocked to discover just today that another well known stats provider is allowing up to 9 cookies to be installed in the browser of every visitor that hits one of their member websites. This means that the provider is making money by transmitting data on you and your visitors to a third party advertiser. Not only that, but to add insult to injury, the cookies are causing the member websites to load very slowly too.

In light of this, Statcounter wants to assure you that we track your visitors for you, only you and not any one else.

Which provider would you prefer??

Update 6 May 2007: For Statcounter to work, they must put their OWN cookie into the computer so that they are able to distinguish between returning visitors and new visitors. This is not for spying purposes and is completely different from putting a third party spyware cookie.


  1. Hi Peter,
    OK I followed your tip about Javascript to Google and I know now
    how to go to 'Add Element' and
    choose Javascript.

    But I don't know what to put in the
    title and description boxes... some of the info in the Google entries concerning the width of the template etc. were confusing to me. Can you help me again please?


  2. Hi Fran,

    I am sorry I forgot about your original question. What are you trying to add?

    Regarding "Javascript to Google" what is this Javascript to Google are you referring to?

    And I checked HTML/Javascript Page Element - there is only the Title (which you can leave blank) and Content, nothing about Description.

    When you refer to width of template etc. I think you are referring to a post you read in my blogs. Which post is it?

    OK. Now I think I remember. You were trying to add AdSense script. Just copy the script from AdSense and paste it into Content referred to above. Then click SAVE CHANGES

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Generating revenue from your Website

  3. I will not say they are liars but I will just say that my spyware detector (Zonealarm) always catches a spyware from their counter on my pc & it s already in my quarantine... I am not sure why does this happen, I wish u tell me why was that spyware detected if their widget is that clean as they claim... thanks for ur feed back & thank even more for all the helpful stuff on ur blog

  4. Hi

    For Statcounter to work they MUST put their OWN cookie into the computer of visitors, otherwise how are they going to differentiate between new and returning visitors. This is completely putting a third party spyware cookie in.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

  5. Anonymous11/26/2008

    Hello Peter Chen, Hope you are A OK today. I just needed to find out if it is possible to not only TRACK visitors, but to also BLOCK certain visitors... Some person from a blog is harassing me and some friends at their blogs, by leaving comments, that of course, we do not approve to be published... Can we BLOCK certain visitors? THANKS!!!

  6. Try Toolator, but I have to warn you that smart surfers can always get around this ban by using proxies plus if they are using dynamic IP address, this method will not work. Tough.


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