That’s Dave Farrington’s take on all the advertisements he gets while browsing the web.
How the internet is structured and how browsers work combine to create an untenable situation. Whatever you want to call it, stalking or spying, retailers have an array of tools at their disposal to know who you are, what you shop for, when you shop, and collect enough information about you through other methods to build a complete online profile with far more details than you provide while browsing.
What can you do?
Go off the grid. Forget about electricity and credit cards. Buy a plot of ground in the woods, put up some solar panels and water catchment systems, learn all about compost toilets, and become a 21st century Unabomber without the attitude.
How about an alternative?
Use a VPN (virtual private network; I like TunnelBear among a few others, but the Opera browser has one built-in) so your IP address becomes more difficult to track. Manage cookies. I use Cookie. Add an ad blocker to your browser of choice. I use Ghostery and AdBlock Plus.
It’s still an exercise in Whack-a-Mole.