Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. Browser Extension an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. To the advertiser, it’s like you suddenly disappeared.
Privacy Badger was born out of our desire to be able to recommend a single extension that would automatically analyze and block any tracker or ad that violated the principle of user consent; which could function well without any settings, knowledge, or configuration by the user; which is produced by an organization that is unambiguously working for its users rather than for advertisers; and which uses algorithmic methods to decide what is and isn’t tracking.
Although we like Disconnect, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and similar products, none of them are exactly what we were looking for. In our testing, all of them required some custom configuration to block non-consensual trackers. Several of these extensions have business models that we weren’t entirely comfortable with. And EFF hopes that by developing rigorous algorithmic and policy methods for detecting and preventing non-consensual tracking, we’ll produce a codebase that could in fact be adopted by those other extensions, or by mainstream browsers, to give users maximal control over who does and doesn’t get to know what they do online.
Privacy Badger Benefits
Chrome extension to help you disable trackers
Being an extension specifically aimed at Chrome users, Browser Extension would not bother you with intricate setup or anything of the sort. You simply need to install it and click its icon in the toolbar in order to be able to take a look at any suspicious element that might be collecting data on you without your permission.
All the trackers on a page are listed in the extension’s popup window, and each comes with an associated slider you can use to make some modifications. As such, you can allow or block a specific domain as well as disable cookies, depending on your needs.
Helps you determine which domains are safe
Nevertheless, you may want to know that Browser Extension for Chrome is capable of making a decision on its own as to which trackers should be disabled, and only if you spot anything weird should you make further adjustments.
Aside from that, it is worth pointing out that disabling the browser addon altogether for a website you are visiting is an option in case you trust it or simply don’t mind it gathering info about you.
All these considered, Browser Extension for Chrome is a nifty tool you could employ in order to check whether the websites you are visiting are safe. The addon can spot any hidden trackers and disable dangerous ones automatically so that complete privacy is ensured.
Unobtrusive and efficient extension that blocks aggressive ads and potential trackers
The neat thing about this extension is its all-around accessibility. For starters, you can install it directly from the Firefox Add-ons store with no more than a few mouse clicks.
Once deployed on your computer’s Firefox browser, Browser Extension works straight out of the box, without any type of user intervention on your part. In short, it sends a Do Not Track header with each request in order to assess the chances of you being tracked and automatically blocks the process.
Offers a surprising number of configuration settings
However, that’s not to say that you’re not provided with the possibility of engaging with the extension. Click the extension’s icon, and you’re provided with a list of all potential trackers on any given webpage. You’ll also notice that each tracker has a dedicated slider.
Browser Extension uses green to show the unblocked trackers, yellow to let you know that it doesn’t send cookies of referrers to the tracker in question, and red to display which trackers are blocked. Head over to the Options section and you’ll discover an even broader array of settings. Just to give you a basic idea, you can white list domains, enable the tracking domains list, as well as import or export user data.
Must-have Firefox extension for privacy-orientated users
To conclude, there’s no doubt that Browser Extension for Firefox is a useful tool that should find its way right next to your other extensions. Browser Extension is most effective against intrusive/aggressive ads and trackers, hence, it might overstep a bit and even block some useful and harmless elements.
Nevertheless, Browser Extension allocates enough configuration settings in order to bypass such potential problems.
- Added pixel cookie sharing detection. Browser Extension now records tracking by images with query strings that contain first-party cookie data. Browser Extension catches Google Analytics.
- Removed display of non-tracking domains from the popup by default. Hiding domains that Privacy Badger does not consider to be tracking should reduce self-inflicted Web breakage.
- Enabled Facebook link unwrapping on messenger.com
- Fixed various site breakages
Pros and Cons
|No complicated setup procedure||Doesn’t give much info on who trackers are|
|Instantly starts blocking||Alpha-version may be buggy|
|Effective at blocking trackers|
|Developed by a reputable organization|
Privacy Badger System Requirements
|Operating System||Windows 10/ Windows 8 /Windows 7|
|File Size||1.09 MB|
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