Category Archives: Online Tracking

Buying Viagra On Facebook? Companies Like “Pilot”?

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So how do they get away with it? I wanted to know – so I put down the $20 deposit and found out.

Conversations, details, that’s coming. But the upshot:

$5.75 per pill from Pilot vs $1.67 per pill from Chemist’s Warehouse (pack of 12 generic 100mg sildenafil citrate tablets.)

These drugs are Schedule 4 (Prescription Only Medication – click here for more info.) Your assessment is an online quiz. At no point do you chat with, digitally or verbally. The takeaway: YOU CAN LIE. They can’t tell, they don’t care. They want money. It’s doctor shopping. Dangerously high blood pressure? Just lie.

Other medications? You can just lie. Under 18? Use your fathers drivers license number + Medicare. ID check = complete. Foolproof, utterly (sarcasm, guys.)

You pay $69.00 AUD for a prescription you do not get yourself, and are sent generic sildenafil citrate tablets (Viagra), 12x 100mg tablets. It costs $20.00 AUD at Chemist’s Warehouse for generics. Pilot tells me it’s because telehealth is not subsidised by the government. Your prescription (that they have) has 5 repeats. Each repeat costs the same $69.00, reasoning being you can consult with your doctor at any time (that last part is my guess.)

Basically, they’re milking you for money.

Imagine if they did this for other S4 drugs – diazepam, lorazepam, clonazepam – that class of drug (benzodiazepines) along with alcohol are the only drugs that can cause death from withdrawal.

Viagra itself, from Pfizer, originally cost around $65.00 AUD for a box of 4x 100mg tablets. Then they failed to hold onto the patent, allowing in generic versions. Viagra was moneymaker. And the guy who created it? Well, he wasn’t on the patent. No royalties. All he was trying to do was create a drug to treat heart disease.

Also, I find it amusing the amount of tracking they like to do of you across the internet (click to see below):

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Excessive Tracking & Privacy Invasion – Once Again Picking On News.com.au

Sorry guys, didn’t intentionally target you to be my examples.

News.com.au (and many other sites) don’t just track you, they go out of their way to bypass privacy protections your browser may have.  Justlooking below, the site immediately contacts Adobe, but also leaks cookies that contain unique identifiers used to track you across the entire internet belonging to companies like Google ( _ga trackers = Google Analytics), Facebook, the list goes on.

From free service Tracking The Trackers:

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How Hard Is That Website Trying To Track You?

Blacklight by themarkup.org – LINK

You visit a website to read news, whatever. You’re read it, but it’s also reading you…

news.com.au I read on and off for amusement (not news.) That’s what they want, because they’re trying to turn your visits, their web traffic, into money. Doesn’t have to be real news to get people there. But what does it do?

Blacklight is a web tool that scans a site for trackers and gives you a very basic overview. No detail, and it won’t pick up advanced tracking techniques or security breaches but for news.com.au it found:

  • 42 advertising trackers. This allows advertising to target you across the internet.
  • 132 third party cookies. These are cookies used from sites that are not news.com.au but collect, collate, and share data.
  • It attempts evade ad blockers and privacy protection with “canvas fingerprinting”.
  • And as per most sites, it tells Google and Facebook you’ve been there.

What can you do about this? Answers coming soon 🙂

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