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Truth & Transparency Online

Ghostery Goes to College: University Partnership Program – Year 1, Done!

Dear Gen Z, You’ve grown up in a world dominated by the internet. A world where new tech, targeted ads, and social media platforms reign. Because you are the “born-digital generation”, we began to wonder do you understand and...

Cookies and Trackers 101: What You Need to Know

What are cookies and trackers, and what are the differences between first-party tracking and third-party tracking, and what can you do to protect your data online?   What’s a...

Ad Blocker Performance Study Finds that Ghostery’s Ad Blocker Beats the Competition

A recent study by Cliqz analyzed the effectiveness of popular content-blockers, finding that overall they are very efficient, having sub-millisecond median decision time per each request. Additionally, the study found...

Zuckerberg’s “Facts About Facebook” – The Peak of Hypocrisy

In a guest contribution for the Wall Street Journal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defends the advertising-based business model of his company and once again claims that Facebook gives its users...

Will Google Block Ad Blockers and Privacy Extensions?

Google engineers proposed some fundamental changes to the Chrome desktop browser and all other browsers using the open source Chromium code base (which would include future versions of Microsoft...

Ghostery Plus!

Hello Ghostery Users, Season’s greetings and Happy New Year! The holidays are behind us, but we hope you don’t mind “unwrapping” one last surprise.  Today, we are pleased to...

Why 2019 Will be the Year of Stricter Privacy Regulation

Scott Matteson of TechRepublic spoke with Ghostery’s Director of Product, Jeremy Tillman discuss privacy regulation predictions for 2019. Check out an excerpt of the conversation below. Read the full...

The Naughty Ways Retailers Track You Online & 5 Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Privacy While Shopping Online This Holiday Season

The name of the game in the online retail business is tracking. Retailers have always looked for ways to compete for your business, whether through promotions or doorbuster sales....

2018 Midterm Election Study

Of the 1,008 websites we collected (House and Senate candidates for the 2018 midterm elections), we were left with 981 after removing duplicates and invalid links. We found that...

10 Tips for Better Internet Safety

On October 29, 1969, the first-ever message was transmitted via the Internet (or its predecessor ARPANET), as today’s “Internet Day” reminds us. The message was simply “lo” instead of...

Ghostery Lite for Safari is Live

Ghostery Lite – a new-and-improved ad and tracker blocking privacy product for fast, simple, and safe browsing – is officially LIVE and ready for download from the Mac App...

Instagram Privacy Settings that You Should Adjust

Like its parent company Facebook, which we covered in a previous post, Instagram collects a lot of data about its users. They use the information about what you do on...

Study: Google is the Biggest Beneficiary of the GDPR

Thanks to its dominant market position, the industry leader benefits from a stronger concentration in the online advertising market. Although the number of trackers is decreasing overall, a few...

Ghostery Lite – Exclusively for Safari Users

Hey Ghostery fans, We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Ghostery Lite, a streamlined version of Ghostery for users on Safari that provides our world-class privacy protection...

Watching Porn on the Web – Pleasure for Some, Work for Others

(Almost) all do it, but nobody admits it openly: watching porn on the web. Some people even do this professionally. Cliqz employs a quality team whose numerous tasks also...

Major Updates to Ghostery Privacy Browser for Android and iOS

Hey Ghostery fans, We recently revamped our mobile browser for Android and iOS! Ghostery Privacy Browser now provides dramatically faster browsing and privacy protection with built-in tracker- and ad-blocking....