Over the years I've used a couple of blog trackers. I would periodically check them, just out of curiosity. It was mildly interesting to see who was visiting and from where, what they were reading, that sort of thing.
I began noticing hits from outfits including Lockheed, US Naval Intelligence, US Army Intelligence, the odd hit from the CIA, the FBI (once) and the Speaker of the US Senate (twice).
One thing that was especially curious was the browser that they were shown to be using, something called Rippers 0. It was back in September, 2010, that I did a post asking for information about this Rippers browser. There wasn't much helpful information except some tips about how to remove it at least temporarily. That didn't seem to make much sense.
Over the years my interest waned. I haven't checked visitor stats in years. Until today. I did another search of Rippers 0. This time I found an explanation:
Rippers 0 browser is an employee web monitoring utility, used by large corporations and governments. This browser utility monitors employees activity while they are using the Internet with Internet Explorer, Firefox etc.
If that's true it suggests I might have been, possibly could still be, under some sort of surveillance. At first I thought I'm obviously not an employee and they don't have the right to surveil individuals until I remembered their power to surveil individuals is restricted in the case of American citizens, not foreign nationals of which I am decidedly one.
Anyway, with that warning I think I might want to look into my visitor stats once again. So, please tell me, what are your favourite blog trackers?