Ghostery Privacy Ad-Blocker Web Extension

Ghostery is a browser extension that enables you to extends the functionality of a web browser on a desktop computer. It is monitoring all the different web servers that are being called from a particular web page.

Ghostery-logoIt is a small but powerful extension that gives you more control of your online privacy that makes browsing the web safer. It has an easy to view and understand the design and color scheme. The extension will alert you with a bubble that is slightly transparent and blends.

Ghostery for Chrome is a handy browser add-on designed to provide you with details about the trackers embedded in the websites that you are visiting. You can use it to find out which companies are recording your habits and block certain trackers.

Ghostery for Firefox is a useful tool for users who want to know which websites are tracking their activity while browsing the Internet. By using this add-on, you can easily manage the trackers that are allowed on a certain website and control your privacy.

Ghostery for Opera is a lightweight Opera extension built specifically for helping users detect third-party page elements on the webpages that they are surfing on.

Ghostery for Opera offers support for a built-in wizard for helping you configure the dedicated parameters, so even rookies can learn to master the entire process with just a few clicks. Plus, it offers support for toolbar integration, so you can easily access its features.

Additionally, you have the option to select which trackers you want to block or allow on a certain website. All you need to do is click on the extension’s button and use the switches for enabling certain services.

Since the trackers can change in time, you have the option to whitelist a certain domain by adding it in the Options tab.

By default, the add-on replaces the images of the Google+ and Facebook buttons but you can disable this option if you want to remove them altogether.

In testing, Ghostery performed very well and notified us about numerous trackers scripts, images, and objects, from these it allowed us to select which to block.

Ghostery is well configured and trackers that are blocked from one website are then blocked from all. Although Ghostery blocks links very well, this has the tendency to sometimes results in certain websites becoming not view-able.

If this happens you may have to test each blocked tracker individually to ascertain what has caused the issue, and this obviously can take time. 

Ghostery Features

Enhanced Anti-Tracking: Enhanced Anti-Tracking feature is a heuristic approach to real-time, algorithmic tracking protection.  Like Ghostery’s main blocking mechanism, it monitors all third-party requests. 

Enhanced Anti-Tracking supplements Ghostery’s block-list approach by catching anything that might have been missed.

Therefore, even if trackers are allowed to execute, you can feel safe knowing that all personal information has been anonymized in the request.

Enhanced Ad Blocking: New visual ad-blocker complements Ghostery tracker blocking and anti-tracking.  It catches and eliminates ads from a filter list and does not require any user-generated data.

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Smart Blocking: Automatic Smart Blocking feature to make it easier for users to optimize their browsing experience and blocking choices.  It automatically blocks slow or non-secure trackers.

Ghost Search: Built-in private search engine does not store any personally identifiable information (PII) and works with sophisticated anonymization techniques to ensure users’ search queries remain completely private.

Dynamic result cards are displayed directly in the search drop-down as you type: simply start typing, select a suggested site or press Enter for more results. 

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If users do not find what they want from our result cards, their query is automatically directed to another search engine.  Users can select which search engine they’d like as a backup from the settings page. 

More space for favorite websites: It Start Tab increases the number of available tiles for your favorite websites from eight (in the default Chrome new tab) to twelve. Six tiles will automatically display your most visited sites. 

 Customizable backgrounds: You can select different backgrounds to give it Start Tab a fresh look. Simply click the gear icon at the top right of the page to make your selection.

Top News: The Top News feature informs it Start Tab users about the most important events of the day. All linked articles originate from respected and trustworthy news domains. You can choose between a geographic variety of sources.

Privacy Statistics: The privacy statistics in its Start Tab show how its privacy features have impacted your browsing experience.

On display is the total number of trackers you’ve encountered, trackers you’ve blocked, data points anonymized, and ads blocked, over time. 

You can visit your Start Tab settings to turn the statistics display on or off.

Add or remove features: You can choose the features you want to display (background, most visited sites, favorites, Ghost Search, Top News) on your default Start Tab page by clicking on the gear icon at the upper right.

Ghostery Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
It is a Very powerful tool for privacy It Doesn’t highlight new spy on the icon
It makes websites load so much faster It customizing your own blocklist can be a bit overwhelming

System Requirement

Runs on Windows 10/ Windows 8 /Windows 7

Technical Specification

Tittle Ghostery Software
Developer Evidon, IncEvidon
File Size 5.23 MB
Website https://www.ghostery.com/

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