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StatCounter Says NO!

Folks,

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 πŸ˜‰


1,030 Comments

  1. it is without a doubt fantastic. but… where do you fellas get your paychecks from? no capisc’

  2. Just wanted to support and say thank you for saying ‘no’ , unlike other competitors which i left because of this.

    Also thanks for a great free service !!
    I advice it to all my webhosting friends..

  3. I’ve been using StatCounter ever since my very first site went online. Thank you very much for the excellent services, and for refusing to succumb to the lures of spyware-laden sponsorship. Keep on the great job!

  4. That’s the way it should be πŸ™‚ thanks, keep it up πŸ™‚

    (hope you get enough funding somewhere else)

  5. thanks guys..

    let it be said that I not only apreciate this move, but the solid free statcounter service I’ve been receiving over the years..

    statcounter rocks!

    z.

  6. Thanks so much for doing this! I have 3 websites registered with StatCounter, and I really appreciate your integrity. I previously used a different web counter, but they sold out — I’m really glad to see that you didn’t!

  7. The web is amazing because the story of the competition and their clicker has hit sites and blogs which are already cached by the search engines. There is MURDER going on as website owners rush to remove the offensive counter. One site I found through google explained that the counter is emitting more than a cookie – the visitor to the site is actually viewing the site through an invisible spyware site iFrame. I checked that out by visiting a site that still has the counter plus its spyware and then I checked my temp internet files. The pages I viewed on the site were actually the address of the spyware site and I was viewing the site in my address bar through a frame.

    Say the site is http://www.mysite.com (made that name up)

    I visit that site which has the counter and what I am visiting is

    dg.specificclick.net/www.myname.com

    I do not know what that means except that each person visiting a site with the competitor counter is first visiting that dg site and details being collected.

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