Ghostery

Ghostery

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 26 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.6.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    37,448
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 01, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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As much as we may like to pretend otherwise, there are lots of people--or more accurately, companies--tracking our every move on the Internet. Most of the time the information that's being collected is for marketing purposes, not malicious ones, but even that can be a bit creepy. Ghostery is an unobtrusive add-on for Firefox that shows users exactly which trackers are present on a given Web page, making it much easier to control who's gathering information about you.

The program's interface is quite user-friendly, with the add-on appearing as a small Pac-Man-style ghost in Firefox's status tray. When Ghostery detects information-gathering scripts on a Web page, a link appears that shows the number of trackers found. Clicking on this link provides the name of each tracker and links to Web pages with more information about the companies in question, including descriptions and popularity rankings. Ghostery can also optionally show an alert bubble in the upper right corner of a Web page that lists the trackers that have been found. The program's interface makes it easy to block each individual tracker if desired, ensuring that information about your Internet usage isn't going to anyone you don't trust. Overall, we found Ghostery to be both unobtrusive and quite informative, and we recommend it to those who are concerned about keeping their Web surfing private.

Ghostery is free. As with most add-ons, it doesn't have a Help file, but it's very easy to figure out. Ghostery installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

 
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User Reviews
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.6.0.1
Version 2.6.0.1 has added company affiliations and affiliation filtering to options.
General
Publisher Evidon
Publisher web site http://www.ghostery.com
Release Date September 01, 2011
Date Added September 01, 2011
Version 2.6.0.1
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Firefox 3.5 - 4.0
Download Information
File Size 1.25MB
File Name ghostery-5.4.1-an+fx.xpi
Popularity
Total Downloads 37,448
Downloads Last Week 115
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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