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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 the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, Web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

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Ghostery sees the invisible Web - tags, Web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, Web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity. more...

What's New

Version 1.4.2:
  • Now transfers Ghostrank data via HTTPS
  • Updated the bundled tracker and surrogate libraries

Requirements

OS X 10.5 or later

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Oysterhaven Member IconReview+22
Oysterhaven
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Wow, I just installed this app and so far I love it. If it does what it does its saying, it seems to be blocking quite a bit of junk that has always annoyed me. I also like the ability to customize what you want to block and the ability so see exactly what you are blocking.

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Version 1.4.2
Craig42a Member IconComment+48
Craig42a
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I've been using Ghostery for quite awhile and I have loved it. However I just found that it was bought by Evidon back in 2010, one of the largest ad industry companies. This is truly a conflict of interest. The MIT tech review did an article about it here in 2013: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516156/a-popular-ad-blocker-also-helps-the-ad-industry/

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Version 1.4.2
MacUpdate-Lon Member IconReview+558
MacUpdate-Lon
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Works well on my MBP (Safari 6.1.2, OS X 10.8.5) and I use it along with Incognito and Autodistract and MacScan to keep my Safari cookies clean and slimmed down. All these to insure a bit of privacy… Those tracker-cookie folks are very clever.

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Version 1.4.2
LukeT1773 Member IconReview+1
LukeT1773
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Government agencies, influential companies, advertisers, all snoop on us. And I'm the paranoid one!? I don't wanna be tracked. My secrets are mine. Mine alone. Ghostery helps a great deal and also TOR helps now and then.

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Version 1.4.2
Craig42a Member IconReview+48
Craig42a
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Fabulous update. Version 5, aka 1.42, simply rocks. The new interface is very smart and well thought out. Thank you.

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Version 1.4.2
Aargl
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I agree with you, but Version 5 is not 1.4.2, in fact, as it's mentioned here : http://purplebox.ghostery.com/?p=1016023582
"It's a big leap forward" ;-)
MU should correct the version number soon.

Aargl Member IconComment+354
Aargl
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Version 5.0 is out! Oh yeah! :-)

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Version 1.4.2
Aargl Member IconReview+354
Aargl
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MU> current version is 1.4.2 and 5.0 (to equal Firefox version) is nearly built, I suppose — the dev was kind enough to send me the 5.0 Safari beta but husssshhhh! ;-) it's perfect!

After trying DoNotTrackMe for a while, some time ago I got rid of it and preferred Ghostery (and never looked back ;-).
I don't wanna dive into paranoia about the privacy discussions below, so I'm only reviewing the functionalities of the product:
I'm totally happy with version 5.0 in Firefox, current Safari version having some glitches in specific sites.
A very nice side effect of Ghostery (may be DNTM too, I don't remember...) is to get rid of advertising in practically every site (so I don't understand why some people here talk about selling our data to ad industry, what would they do with it if Ghostery hides ads? It looks pretty much like disinformation...)
I advise all my friends to install Ghostery (usually on Firefox, as they are on pc) and everybody is happy with it — even if the critics in the reviews below are right, it's surely better than nothing and the 5.0 interface is perfectly understandable for non-techies.

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Version 1.3.0
Aargl
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I've read the article mentioned by Marcel and it's surely interesting! So I ran to my Ghostery prefs and read:
"When you enable GhostRank, Ghostery collects anonymous data about the trackers you've encountered and the sites on which they were placed. This data is about tracking elements and the webpages on which they are found,
[and in bold letters] => not you or your browsing habits.
... GhostRank data is sold as reports to businesses to help them market to consumers more transparently, better manage their web properties, and comply with privacy standards.
[and in bold letters] => GhostRank data shared with businesses never includes data about Ghostery users."

It looks pretty transparent to me: anyone can disable Ghostrank, and if Ghostery only reports tracking elements it found, what's the problem?
Ad companies will target better the users that don't use any ad-blocking app, so what? Some useful site lives thanks to the ads, do you want an internet only belonging to super-rich companies? It's the surest way to Big Brother, ain't it! ;-)
Of course, you can accuse them of being liars but you could do the same with any dev, at that point... as long as you can't find an evidence. ;-)
For me, I can't see any good reason for not using Ghostery.

MacUpdate-Jess
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Thanks for the pointer, Aargl! I updated the listing to show the latest version for Safari.

Aargl
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My pleasure. :-)

Aadams77 Member IconComment+17
Aadams77
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If you are concerned about your digital privacy, I would recommend reading this recent (April 24, 2013) Lifehacker article:
"The Best Browser Extensions that Protect Your Privacy"
http://lifehacker.com/the-best-browser-extensions-that-protect-your-privacy-479408034

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Version 1.3.0
MarcelMolleman Member IconReview+9
MarcelMolleman
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Just like MisterE said B4, Ghostery is Owned By Evidon and is funded by advertisers and businesses paying them for their collected data from U!

Don't take my or MisterE's word 4 it, check this out:
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516156/a-popular-ad-blocker-also-helps-the-ad-industry/

It is the worst of all plug-ins 2 install on UR System!

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Version 1.3.0
MisterE Member IconComment+530
MisterE
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Sorry to rain on the parade of what is a good plugin but after trying DoNotTrackMe for a while I got rid of Ghostery and never looked back. I have no affiliation with the developers of DoNotTrackMe, I just love the extension so am spreading the word.

Along with Cookie.app and a couple other extensions (such as HTTPS Everywhere and LastPass) I have very good internet privacy now. I tried Ghostery and DNTM is better.

What’s the difference between Ghostery and DNTMe?

Ghostery and DNTMe are both simple, functional "starters" for people who want to protect their privacy online.

Some comparisons:

DNTMe is faster, based on page load/processing times.

DNTMe generates fewer Javascript errors on the top 10,000 websites than Ghostery does.

Abine is a consumer privacy company that’s funded by our customers and our investors. In contrast, the company that owns Ghostery (Evidon, formerly Better Advertising, Inc.) is funded by advertisers and businesses paying them for ad data and compliance.

Unlike Ghostery/Evidon, Abine doesn’t collect any of your data when you use DNTMe. All we see is that a download occurred, which lets us know how many users we have. You can start using DNTMe with one click and no exchange of your personal information. Ghostery collects data from users who opt into GhostRank.

https://www.abine.com/donottrackme/faq/#q29

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Version 1.3.0
Bdikkat
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If you have "no affiliation with the developers of DoNotTrackMe" why is it "our customers and our investors" ?

MisterE
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Because it's a copy and paste from their faq, that's why I gave the link to it.

MisterE
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Well, now there's no question about it. Ghostery feeds your browsing habits to advertisers.

http://www.techspot.com/news/52948-cookie-blocking-browser-plugin-ghostery-feeds-data-to-the-ad-industry.html

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Mikebenda
Version 1.3.0
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Spikehed
Version 1.3.0
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Nicolasd
Version 1.1.0
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