Let’s face it – implied privacy on the internet doesn’t really exist anymore. Advertisers, retailers, and social networks have no shortage of methods they can use to keep an eye on what you’re doing as you browse the web. They use this information to build a profile on your interests, in the hopes of delivering you targeted ads and content. Sometimes this can be useful or relevant to you, but for most people it’s a bit creepy.
Ghostery is a free plugin for all major browsers that will automatically block beacons, tracking cookies, and other nasty things that can be used to follow you around the web. When installing it, you have a ton of flexibility in terms of what you want blocked and what you’re fine with allowing.
The plugin can also optionally show you a little window to alert you to what exactly it blocked when you load a webpage. You’ll be shocked at how many things it catches on websites you probably thought were pretty safe.
One thing to keep in mind is that unfortunately some of sites rely on some of the things that Ghostery blocks in order to function properly. If after installing it you notice that some of your favourite websites start acting weird or videos don’t load, click on the little blue ghost and either click Pause Blocking or Whitelist Site to allow the page to load normally.
Get it here: https://www.ghostery.com/