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Ghostery (for Safari)

By Ghostery Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 2, 2014

The Ghostery add-on for Safari is a small, well-built application that gives you personal control of your Internet privacy. You will find the interface to be self explanatory and the performance to be of the best quality.


Ideal operation: Ghostery provides you with a list of all trackers on a given Web site, and you decide which services will be blocked. We noticed that once a tracker was blocked, no remnant of the service remained on the current Web page, as well as any other Web site that we visited.

Helpful layout: The layout is straightforward, and the design is minimal. The pop-up alert bubble consumes very little space and allows you to continue browsing the Internet. Navigating the settings is easy with the step-by-step guide provided by Ghostery.

Available assistance: Much of Ghostery's Web site is geared toward helping users. Videos and images, as well as a support forum, provide detailed support in operating this application and using its features to the maximum extent.


Inhibits browsing: Upon using Ghostery's blocking services, we noted that Safari performed slower at times, and some Web sites were not readable because too much content was blocked. We were displeased that fixing the damaged Web sites required checking each blocked tracker to determine the cause of the problem.

Bottom Line

For a free application, Ghostery offers much more than expected. Using the tools provided, you will receive a safer and less intrusive browsing experience. While Ghostery does block advertisements as a side-effect of its service, it should include a detailed ad blocker like that of Ad-Block Plus to make browsing more enjoyable. We advise you to download Ghostery for Safari if you want to reclaim your privacy on the Internet.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.4.2

Version 1.4.2 now transfers Ghostrank data via HTTPS. The bundled tracker and surrogate libraries have also been updated.


Release July 23, 2013
Date Added July 23, 2013
Version 1.4.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows
Additional Requirements Safari web browser.


Total Downloads 6,583
Downloads Last Week 14
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Developer's Description

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.

Choose to block - or not. You get control at a company level - are there some marketers you trust, but others you'd rather turn away? Ghostery lets you open the valve of your web behavior as wide or as narrow as you'd prefer.

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