StatCounter Says NO!


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??

StatCounter says No!

By the way, welcome to our new blog 😉

1,030 comments on “StatCounter Says NO!

  1. THANK YOU! It’s so nice to hear that some people care about others and still have online morals!

  2. Thanks for saying no.

    As a webdesign company, we deal with a lot of websites for other companies, so having a stat counter which has spyware is an excellent way to lose clients.

    I think that if we had of done that we would have had to leave your services and go to another, less able stats provider.

    I for one am glad that you have said no on a moral basis. As a free stat counter, free things often have advertising on (Which I click on relatively regularly), which I don’t mind, but to have somthing which actively damages the product – no way!

  3. My english isn’t very well, but I’m wondering about that email.

    So I had delete the StatCounter … after that

    StatCounter Team Response:

    Sorry Martin – we’ve no German speakers here at the moment.

    If there ARE any German speakers out there, it would be great if you could translate the ‘StatCounter Says NO!’ message for Martin.

    I think he may have picked up the wrong idea from our email.

    Thanks folks!

  4. Exelente decisión han tomado.
    Como usuario me gustaria que publiquen un post en este blog, informando como descubrir si otros servicios utilizan o no, spyware.


  5. To an earlier response, cookies are usually just information tracking on one site but the cookie now on sites that use another stats counter (no name given) are more than simple cookies. I checked my temp internet files after loading a page on one of the sites hosting the other web counter and there was a lot of unusual stuff in my browser. There was something called a demo which was a type of program.

    Thans to statcounter for being ethical and caring!

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