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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 early as the launch of Windows 10 in mid-2015, Microsoft had to defend...

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 selected websites within...

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 every move you make on...

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. These data include user ID, email and user name.  ...

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 settings, open...

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 Marc Zuckerberg got into hot water. Journalists...

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. But there are also many dangers lurking...

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 scrape data from over...

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 information about you and your...

Ghostery Goes Open Source [version 8.1]

Hey Ghostery fans, We are pleased to announce that Ghostery is officially open source software! As of today, March 8th, our code is available for anyone and everyone to...

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 different variants there are?...

Ghostery Release Notes

GHOSTERY PRIVACY BROWSER 1.4.0 (March 5, 2018) Fixes crashing in Android v8 Oreo Fix broken import/export bookmarks on Android browser Add ability to make bookmark folders/subfolders Fixes issues where...

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 and advertisers to switch to Google’s...

Ghostery v8.0.6 release notes

Release Summary: Good news for Edge users – Ghostery 8 is now available for upgrade! We thank you all for your patience and hope you enjoy the update. On...

Ghostery v8.0.5 out the door!

In this hotfix, we corrected an important performance issue affecting Chrome where Ghostery would slow or break sites. We have additionally fixed the Export Settings function and improved user...

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 your computer’s resources to mine cryptocurrencies. Some website...