Could this be because people are also doing comparison shopping for deals, and that using tabbed browser interfaces is easier and more convenient on the desktop than on mobile with smaller screens?
Regardless of the reason, using standalone browsers (as opposed to apps), especially on desktops, gives users more (this is relative) freedom and control to avoid being tracked and also block ads and annoyances, resulting in a much better user experience. That's something I'd always encourage.
P.S.: Off topic, but in the back of my mind I worry about Cloudflare becoming the new Google, at least as it pertains to collecting information on the sites that it sits in front of and profiling and monetizing that. Also given that many sites may use the free SSL solution from Cloudflare, the traffic from Cloudflare to the site would be visible to it. I wish Cloudflare would provide cheaper paid plans in multiple tiers so that there's more to it than just free vs. (a relatively steep) $20 a month.
I don't know about everyone else, but I make a conscious effort to "check out" on a pc instead of the phone because it's much easier to fill out the litany of forms.
I was just thinking about this when I read the headline. I also wish they would provide some less pricier plans. We used to use them for private servers, lots of skids like to "DDoS" (they pay for a service to do it for them) when you don't make them admins or you ban them for scamming other users, etc.
My feeling, in the UK, is that it's not stuck. Peak seemed to be 2 years ago, last year was big but more organised to avoid the violence (!) of the previous year. This year ... some kids in my city had the day off school, other than that it seemed calm, some companies definitely avoiding it, perhaps it's moved primarily online?
A UK consumer rights company "Which?" published price comparison info showing most items are cheaper at other times of the year. I think this realisation may in part be why the super-hype is not working.
Most of it seems to be domain and user-agent based. I'd suspect you could even guess the device type based on IP with reasonable accuracy. It wouldn't be entirely correct, but with the kind of scale Cloudflare deal with it doesn't have to be to be useful.
The domain (which is public) gives you the info about whether users are browsing or checking out (if a browser hits api.stripe.com, worldpay, PayPal, some checkout API domain for Amazon, etc, then you can infer).
If you imagine a typical ecommerce application makes a purchase with a HTTP request like “POST /store/checkout HTTP/1.1” we can look for requests similar to this to understand the activity.
I basically wouldn't jump to "Cloudflare have a bunch of sensitive data and will use it in bad ways", I suspect they have less data than we might assume from the article, and in general their security/privacy stance is great.
I'm not sure I understand this sentence. What about analyzing HTTPS traffic is analogous to analyzing "semi-public" data? By design and convention, HTTPS traffic is considered private data. Portions are by technical necessity still public, such as the hostname and IP addresses. In order to produce these findings, private data (which is certainly not public or semi-public) such as full URLs and user-agents needed to be analyzed.
Do we have any sense how often a mobile device is on wifi? For my brother it's 0%. For me it's 90%.
And they are cavalier enough with the data to use it for writing a random “Black Friday Analytics” blog post that is only tangentially related to their core value proposition.
If this is the stuff they make public about what they can do with all their data, you can only imagine the type of thing that they wouldn't share with the public.
Anecdotally I hear a lot of people say they are "waiting for Black Friday".
Is it best to compare to the previous Friday here, or to average Fridays? some other number?
There are some numbers from Alibaba that I've seen in Apache Flink presentations, though I can't remember which ones off the top of my head