TheMadScientist - 9:51 pm on May 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
So, Kelowna do you get the exact same results using the methods you describe as you do using what most people think will give the 'generic results' or are there variations between what you see with an empty cache and no cookies compared to what you see using a proxy, AOL or Comcast?
I just started thinking about everything that could combine to create a unique fingerprint
I think a list may be in order, so I'll start it off with some things I think could be used:
1.) Browser Configuration, Including: Plug-In Versions, UA String (which usually includes OS), Bookmarks
2.) Installed Fonts
3.) IP Address
6.) Routing Information: EG Trace-Route?
7.) Similar Search Patterns
8.) Connection Speed
One of the interesting things is with some of these if you do something 'unique' to try and spoof, you create a 'unique' entry, which means you've identified your search pattern uniquely. IOW: If 'standard configurations' can be determined to be 'relatively unique' then a non-standard pattern will definitely be unique and should only add 'non-personalization' for the 1st use.
ISP + IP Address + Trace Route + Fonts = Interesting Combination (IMO)
(Some of the above are very difficult to spoof.)