Let’s talk internet privacy here. Because, you know, it’s pretty important.
All the buzz lately (read: the past year or so) about internet privacy and how you’re essentially being tracked anytime, anywhere may have left you feeling a bit unsafe. Sure you probably have AdBlock in place to keep some of those nasty “I see what you want” ads at bay, but there’s a lot more going on under the hood. You’d be amazed to how many companies websites give your browsing data from their website. Some are used for keeping visitor statistics, others are used for keeping visitor statistics and having the data-handler’s company share it for sweet dosh.
Introducing Ghostery. It is a browser plugin (available on mobile, too!) that shows you what trackers the current webpage uses and sends your data to. Trust me, the amount can be pretty surprising sometimes. If there’s any in the list you don’t think you can trust, you can let Ghostery block them for you, so they won’t be able to get their dirty hands on your information again.
If nothing seems particularly trustworthy to you, there’s always the option to block entire groups of trackers, sorted by kind (ads, beacons, privacy, etc.), or search for ones with a specific name and unblock those (for example, if you want to keep Facebook widgets enabled).
You can set the tracker lest to auto-update so it’s always fresh with the newest trackers, which is a pretty great thing. There’s an opt-in for sending anonymous data to Ghostery about the trackers you encounter. I strongly recommend turning this on as it helps them build better tracker lists and improve on their filters.
Check it out, you totally should. Browsing without protection just isn’t as safe as it used to be.