Ghostery (for Firefox)

Ghostery (for Firefox)

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 26 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0.3
File Size:
1.25MB
Date Added:
August 28, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
34,210
Downloads Last Week:
200
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Firefox 6.0 and SeaMonkey 2.0a

Editors' review

The Ghostery add-on for Firefox enables you to block online tracking services from getting your browsing and purchasing habits. This small application blends seamlessly with Firefox and gives you a high amount of individual power.

Pros

Flawless performance: Ghostery listed a large array of trackers on each site that we visited. When blocked, we observed advertisements and social-networking widgets did not function properly, since the service was now halted. Images and audio clips that are blocked could easily be accessed when clicked.

Great customization: You can block individual trackers based on their purpose and name. Ghostery also gives you multiple designs and other privacy options. Whitelisting websites ensures that your browsing experience will not be impaired by Ghostery's blocks.

Excellent support: Every facet of the Ghostery website is helpful. We enjoyed the video explanation of the service, as well as the active support forum and FAQs. The installation wizard is thorough and makes sure that you are aware of every option.

Cons

Slow browser: Our browser was slightly slower after installing Ghostery. We often received a "not responding" message for a few seconds, and then functionality would return. This may vary for every individual, so you should not be too concerned.

Bottom Line

Ghostery is an excellent add-on that helps protect your online privacy. You will enjoy its detailed blocker and helpful support features. A similar application, DoNotTrackMe, masks your phone and credit card information in addition to blocking trackers. Ghostery should incorporate this feature in its service to create a more well-rounded application. We recommend the Ghostery add-on for anyone who wants to preserve their privacy online.

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  • 5 stars

    "A really simple and effective add-on."

    August 10, 2013   |   By claudetunes

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.6

    Pros

    So simple to install and very unobtrusive.

    Cons

    Can't find any as yet!

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  • 4 stars

    "Mixed feelings"

    August 08, 2013   |   By GranPaw

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.6

    Pros

    Blocks a lot of egregious behavior by unscrupulous Internet jackals.
    Unobtrusive, once the expansion windows close

    Cons

    Makes it harder to get to a lot of things that you want to do (for instance, it take several extra clicks to get to Words With Friends in FB).

    Popup dialog gets in the way until it finally shrinks away.

    Summary

    I feel more secure with Ghostery running, but I just wish it was more in the background.

    Updated on Aug 8, 2013

    I wish it were more intuitive. If one is not conversant with all of the subtle nuances between the various terminology, (cookies, trackers, beacons, analytics, etc.), this can be confusing when it comes time to decide whether or not to block something. This limits the usefulness to non-experts, who probably need it the most.

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  • 5 stars

    "Love it! Spread the word - trackers beware!"

    August 06, 2013   |   By myrlyn12

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.6

    Pros

    Very unobtrusive and informative.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    I agree. This should be installed on every computer!

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple tool gives good insight in tracking cookies"

    August 01, 2013   |   By tokepi

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.6

    Pros

    easy
    seems to work ok
    once blocked remains blocked

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    Nice little tool that doesn't get in the way

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  • 5 stars

    "I had no clue how many people were tracking me"

    July 13, 2013   |   By nlrcop

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.6

    Pros

    Has put a stop to others invading my privacy

    Cons

    none that I've found

    Summary

    Ought to be automatically installed on all computers

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  • 3 stars

    "Not Sure How Ghostery Works, Yet"

    May 18, 2013   |   By NYC-HDL

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.5

    Pros

    The product installed easily, and without issue.

    Cons

    Pop-Up User Interface is not entirely intuitive.

    Summary

    After just a week of use, I'm not sure what Ghostery does, or how it works. The UI is not particularly intuitive, but was ultimately revealed after clicking on a notice screen. Still, it isn't clear what the impact will be of blocking the elements that are presented as options to allow or deny.

    I have found that some site content is blocked, then I have to use Trial & Error to re-enable the content.

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  • 1 stars

    "Shame on CNET for recommending it."

    May 15, 2013   |   By 1poorrich

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.4

    Pros

    none noticed

    Cons

    It tied up my system until it was uninstalled. Good riddance.

    Summary

    POS

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  • 3 stars

    "Unable to upload photos to facebook"

    March 06, 2013   |   By Jympton2

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.1

    Pros

    Unobtrusive, but...

    Cons

    Unable to upload photos to facebook

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  • 2 stars

    "Not So Hot"

    March 02, 2013   |   By EricVonZipper

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9

    Pros

    Shows tracking stuff on each webpage you visit.

    Cons

    When you click on a page and load it, the tracking stuff had already loaded and tracked your action....then you have to round up the horse after he's left the barn. And, how do you know which tracker is bad and which tracker is OK? It doesn't give you any info about that.

    Summary

    Ever wonder how Ghostery is free? Evidon is savvy enough to know that it can't make money solely by blocking tracking cookies. So, the company had a smart and somewhat devious idea: Why not take its trove of data and sell it to the very companies Ghostery users are blocking?

    After all, the thinking goes, many ad networks sell their advertisements via real-time bidding, so they often lack a clear idea of where their tags are appearing. In short, online ad networks are just as hungry for information about web users as they are for data about themselves. Ghostery gives them that information.

    This gives Evidon a clear target market and even clearer plan of attack: Use Ghostery users to build the tracker database, then turn around and license the data to ad networks

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  • 4 stars

    "Controls trackers but may disable site functions."

    February 28, 2013   |   By whmitty1

    Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.8.4

    Pros

    Blocks trackers.

    Cons

    Sometimes the user must take responsibility for identifying which blocked tracker is disabling some feature on their favorite sites. For example some login submissions may need a specific tracker to function. I had this happen on several sites and it was because the tracker "Ominiture" was not allowed and once I told Ghostery to allow it I could login. It took some trial and error to figure this out because the site had some 8 trackers being blocked. Needless to say this is NOT CONVENIENT.

    Summary

    This product does what it claims in terms of blocking trackers. However, it would be more convenient for the user if the Ghostery development staff provides a way of identifying which trackers might be required on a given site to ensure that site's full functionality.

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