About Kamo

Contents

What is Kamo?
What is a digital fingerprint?
What is online tracking and how does it affect me?
How am I leaving tracks online?
What are cookies?
What is browsing data?
Does Kamo block ads?
How is Kamo different from CCleaner?
How is Kamo different from an antivirus or VPN product?

 

What is Kamo?

Kamo is a privacy application designed to keep your identity safe from the latest online tracking techniques. It works by injecting fake information into the data that makes up your digital fingerprint. This action changes what information trackers and third parties can see about you.

Kamo’s main goal is not to clean your computer but to prevent browser data, like cookies and trackers, being used by websites to track your online activity. In turn, this gives you more privacy.

What is a digital fingerprint?

When you visit a website, your machine usually provides data related to your device configuration, browser, and online behavior. This is continuously stored and builds as you continue to interact with websites. Almost every website collects user data via the same types of advertising networks, which means that all your online activity is tracked and added to your own unique online profile. As you repeatedly visit your favorite websites, access your online accounts, shop online, and complete various forms, your online profile behaves like a ‘digital fingerprint’. 

Your digital fingerprint is not connected to your actual identity, but it can be used to create an accurate profile of you as an individual. Online tracking techniques study your interests, age, religion, medical issues, income, expenses, shopping habits, and other highly personal information. While this helps sellers personalize their ads, it does also intrude on your privacy. 

Kamo continuously changes your digital fingerprint to protect your online identity. To view a log of the changes to your digital fingerprint, open Kamo, move your mouse’s cursor over the indicator that shows when your fingerprint is next due to be changed (or re-hashed), and click ‘Go to Reports’. You can see this information in the Fingerprint randomization section.

What is online tracking and how does it affect me?

Online tracking is the process of gathering information about you through sophisticated analytics embedded on websites. The information gained via online tracking is used to create your unique online profile (or digital fingerprint), which allows advertisers to identify you online. This can affect you in several ways:

  • Advertisers may use information about your online behavior to spam you with targeted advertising.
  • Certain websites may also show higher prices for products that you have been researching online, such as plane tickets.
  • Many of your favorite websites store huge amounts of information about you, which is vulnerable to data breaches. If this data gets hacked, third parties can access and use your personal data.

How am I leaving tracks online?

Many of the websites you visit download cookies to your browser or identify you by unique data on your device. This information is used to help recognize you when you return to the site or any other site participating in the same tracking system.

What are cookies?

Cookies are files that websites, trackers, and third parties leave on your browser, which allows them to view your online activity. Targeted ads that appear to link to your online activity are a direct result of cookies on your browser. Cookies may also cause websites to display higher prices for products that you have been researching online, including plane tickets. To prevent targeted ads and to protect your privacy online, it's important to clear your cookies regularly.

What is browsing data?

Browsing data is information that is often stored in your browser when you interact with websites. It allows anybody else who uses your PC to view your search history and see which websites you have visited. In addition, browsing data allows websites to automatically complete forms and keep you logged in to your accounts after you close a browsing session. This can be convenient, but it also puts your privacy at risk and may allow third parties to access your private data. Kamo makes it easy to remove data from your browser. You are always prompted to select which types of data you would like to remove before clearing browsing data.

Does Kamo block ads?

Kamo is not an ad blocker and you will probably still see ads from some of your favorite websites after installing the application. However, Kamo prevents trackers from gathering information about your online behavior and stops you from seeing targeted ads (for example, an ad for a product you recently viewed).

How is Kamo different from CCleaner?

Kamo keeps your identity safe from the latest online tracking techniques. It works by injecting fake information into the data that makes up your digital fingerprint. This action changes what information trackers and third parties can see about you.

CCleaner is a PC cleaner and optimizer that clears away unnecessary junk and easily tunes your PC to make it faster, safer, and to free up space. 

CCleaner helps improve your privacy by deleting tracking cookies and browser data on your device. However, it’s not built to protect you from any tracking happening off your device or to mask your device’s digital fingerprint. This is why we built Kamo. Both CCleaner and Kamo have their own specific advantages and complement one another.

How is Kamo different from an antivirus or VPN product?

Antivirus products protect your PC from security threats, such as viruses, trojans, and malware, but do not prevent online tracking. VPN products hide your location by encrypting your connection and masking your IP address. However, when you use VPN alone, trackers can still identify you based on your device, browser, and online behavior. 

Unlike antivirus and VPN products, Kamo is designed to prevent third parties and advertisers from tracking your online activity. As such, we recommend using Kamo, CCleaner, and all of our other products alongside some strong, trustworthy antivirus software such as Avast Antivirus.