With Shariff you can use social media without unnecessarily compromising your privacy. The c’t-Projekt Shariff replaces the usual share buttons of social networks and protects your surfing behavior from prying eyes. Nevertheless, a single click on the button is enough to share information with others. You don’t need to do anything else for this – the webmaster has already taken care of everything.
The usual social media buttons transmit the user data to Facebook & Co. every time you call up a page and give the social networks precise information about your surfing behaviour (user tracking). You do not need to be logged in or a member of the network to do this. In contrast, a Shariff button establishes direct contact between the social network and the visitor only when the latter actively clicks on the Share button.
In this way, Shariff prevents you from leaving a digital trail on every page you visit and improves data protection. Then you can link, share or tweet as you like – the social network doesn’t get more information than that.
Thanks to Shariff, the “Likes” display comes from the operator of the page with the buttons. Because Shariff is integrated by the webmaster, you as a visitor don’t have to do anything else.