Ghostery

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.6.2
  • Total Downloads:
    33,118
  • Date Added:
    November 01, 2011
  • File Size:
    1.25MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    155
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

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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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2.6.2
    Version 2.6.2 added full German and French translations, error messages to indicate bug library manual update failures, and fixed issues with cookie monster throwing errors.
    General
    Publisher Evidon
    Publisher web site http://www.ghostery.com
    Release Date November 01, 2011
    Date Added November 01, 2011
    Version 2.6.2
    Category
    Category Browsers
    Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003
    Additional Requirements Firefox 3.5 - 11.0a1
    Download Information
    File Size 1.25MB
    File Name ghostery-5.0.3-an+fx.xpi
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 33,118
    Downloads Last Week 155
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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