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How to GDPR Yourself

The European Union law on data protection General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable in just a few days (May 25, 2018). It governs the...

Facebook’s Clear History won’t solve the problem of shadow profiles

If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can’t view or delete the data collected about you on third-party websites and in apps, nor...

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Diagnostic Data Viewer improves transparency

All telemetry data transmitted from the operating system to Microsoft can now be viewed and searched. However, users still cannot turn off data collection.   As...

From The Ghostery Desk Series: Trust & Restrict Sites

Did you know that within the Ghostery extension, you can set certain websites you frequently view as Trusted or Restricted, and that you can view these...

The Tracker Tax: Ghostery study reveals that tracking makes websites load 2 times slower

Simply cut your page load times in half by blocking trackers and eliminating clutter Tracking scripts from Google, Facebook and many other companies monitor...

Third-party trackers misuse Facebook Login to collect user data

Princeton researchers have identified several tracking scripts that abuse the social login system to access Facebook users’ profile information....

From The Ghostery Desk Series: Notifications

Did you know you can control what Ghostery notifies you about? Ghostery gives you the option to decide what notifications we display for you. To edit these...

Report: Have publishers banned Facebook trackers from their pages after the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

After the New York Times and the Guardian reported a massive data leakage revealed by former Cambridge Analytica employee Chris Wylie, Facebook’s...

10 tips for better Internet safety

These days, people use the Internet for almost everything: they inform themselves, make contacts, communicate, shop, do banking, play or work online....

After Cambridge Analytica scandal: How to delete your Facebook account

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many Facebook users have lost all trust in the social network. The data analysis company managed to secretly...

Did you know that incognito mode is not private at all?

Many people mistakenly think that they browse anonymously in incognito mode. In fact, the private browsing mode alone does not prevent websites from gathering...

Cookies and fingerprinting: tracking methods clearly explained

You have probably heard of cookies and perhaps fingerprinting in connection with online tracking. But do you also know what is behind it and what...

Chrome’s default ad blocker strengthens Google’s data-driven advertising platforms

Google’s browser now blocks certain ad formats by default. This move is less about improving the browsing experience and more about forcing publishers...

Ghostery Extension protects against stealthy cryptocurrency mining

The built-in ad blocker within the Ghostery Extension not only reliably blocks unwanted ads. It also prevents websites from secretly hijacking...

Here’s what you can do to stop big tech from manipulating you online

Did Russian operatives use Facebook as a way to deepen the political divide in America during the 2016 Presidential election? The same tools that empower...

The Real Cost of the ‘Free’ Internet

Digital advertisers are making approximately $250 annually – roughly twice the cost of a Netflix subscription – off you and your browsing data. This...