Ghostery Privacy Browser for iOS

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 23, 2014

Ghostery is an alternate browser that includes a feature that detects and can block tracking software used by companies to monitor what you do online. In addition to letting you view which programs are tracking you at any given point in time, you can also block or unblock these trackers selectively.

Pros

Intuitive toolbar: The main difference you'll notice between this browser and others is the toolbar that runs across the bottom of the screen. From here, you can quickly see how many trackers are attached to you at any given point. Tapping the little ghost icon in the lower right-hand corner will bring up the list, and you can block anyone you want right from that screen.

Other tools: In addition to monitoring and blocking trackers, this app also makes several other functions convenient. For instance, tapping the "Tool" icon on the toolbar will bring up a menu that includes items like Clear Cache, Clear Cookies, and Add Bookmark.

Cons

Missing toolbar: On some Web pages, like the Gmail inbox, the bottom toolbar disappears, meaning you have no access to any of the added features of the app. When you navigate away from those pages, the toolbar reappears again.

Loading speeds: We weren't always impressed with the browser's loading speeds during testing. It wasn't too slow to make it inconvenient, but it wasn't as fast as some normal browsing options.

Bottom Line

If you'd like to surf the Web without being tracked or with the ability to control who is tracking you, this is a good app to try out. It's free, and it works reasonably well on most sites.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5.4

- Bug fixes

- Updated WiFi protection URLs

General

Release September 28, 2017
Date Added September 28, 2017
Version 1.5.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,688
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

The Ghostery Privacy Browser increases your browsing privacy, protection, and speed. This is a lightweight, clean browser that gives you the control to make informed decisions about the personal data you share with the trackers on the sites you visit. Since 2009, industry leader and consumer privacy advocate, Ghostery, Inc. has been dedicated to protecting your, and millions of others', online privacy. Ghostery helps protect you while you browse by minimizing 3rd-party access to your data through trackers. And at only 5.6 MB, Ghostery runs a lot lighter than other browser solutions, saving your device battery life. KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Individual tracker control: Get an instant overview of the trackers on each site you visit, then block or allow trackers you need. Largest tracker database, with over 2, 200 trackers and 4, 500 scripts. One-click disconnect from all trackers. One-click access to clear your cookies and cache. Secure searching provided by DuckDuckGo. WHAT ARE TRACKERS? We live in a connected world. When you browse the web, your data leaves a digital footprint that is connected by tracking technologies that help companies build a profile about you. This profile details how you interact with their sites and those of their competitors, allowing them to optimize communications and site experience to reach you. and others like you. at the right place, at the right time. Ghostery helps you clean up, speed up, and lock down your browsing experience.