How Can I Enhance My Online Privacy With The Ghostery Browser Plugin?

Thanks to Dave for the inspiration for this post.

Are you concerned about being tracked on the internet? Would you like to know who is interested in your surfing behaviour on any given web site?

If so, then a browser plugin called Ghostery is what you need.

Ghostery install

Ghostery is a plugin for your web browser. It is currently available to anyone using the following browsers:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari
  • Opera

Once you have downloaded and installed the plugin you will be able to learn who is tracking you. When you open up a new web page you will receive a small notification like the one below which details what tracking scripts are on the page.

Ghostery in action

For many of the services thus identified you will be able to find out a little more information. In the example above, Google Analytics and Statcounter were identified. In this case I was using the plugin with Firefox and you can just about see the Ghostery notification which appears in the top right hand corner of the browser.

To the left of the ghost icon is a number 2 which refers to those two items that were discovered. Click on that and you will open a little menu much like the one seen below.

Ghostery discovery

From here you can find out more about Google Analytics and Statcounter and even choose to block those scripts if you feel you have any reason to do so.

Ghostery options

As you can see above, there are other options too, such as Web Bug Blocking and Cookie Protection.

If you would like to learn more about how the Ghostery plugin can enhance your online privacy then check out their About page.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Well i take you that you tried it out, hope you liked it, i know i do.
    I dont use the cookie protection , for me its overkill but the rest to me is great.

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