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.
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.
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.
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.
Ghostery is your window into the invisible web - tags, web bugs, pixels, and beacons that are included on web pages in order to get an idea of your online behavior. Ghostery tracks over 1,000 trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.
August 08, 2013
Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.6
Blocks a lot of egregious behavior by unscrupulous Internet jackals. Unobtrusive, once the expansion windows close
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.
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.
You can turn off automatic opening of the pop-up. Click on the ghost to open the pop-up, then on 'Options' (the cog wheels icon), then on 'Advanced'. Uncheck the 'Show alert bubble' box. You will then see the pop-up only when you click on the ghost.
May 18, 2013
Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.9.5
The product installed easily, and without issue.
Pop-Up User Interface is not entirely intuitive.
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.
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.
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
"Controls trackers but may disable site functions."
"Controls trackers but may disable site functions."
February 28, 2013
Version: Ghostery (for Firefox) 2.8.4
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.
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.