What advantages does Ghostery offer when compared to other mobile browsers?

The Ghostery Privacy Browser contains an integrated quick search that allows you to go directly to your destination without any detours. In addition, we do not collect any personal data unlike other search engines. Thus, by using Ghostery you are protecting your online privacy.

We also provide you with our anti-tracking technology which helps to keep your data safe. This technology avoids your data being tracked by third party trackers. This is done by altering strings which are unique to your browser. It protects you from usual tracking methods like canvas fingerprinting.

What is Enhanced Anti-Tracking?

Developed by our parent company Cliqz, our Enhanced Anti-Tracking feature is a heuristic approach to real-time, algorithmic tracking protection.  Like Ghostery’s main blocking mechanism, it monitors all third-party requests.  However, instead of simply blocking those requests, it analyzes them for personally identifiable information and then strips out that information before the request is sent.  Enhanced Anti-Tracking supplements Ghostery’s block-list approach by catching anything that might have been missed. Therefore, even if trackers are allowed to execute, you can feel safe knowing that all personal information has been anonymized in the request.

You can learn more about how it works in this article from Cliqz.  Under the section header “Building the Global Safe Set”, we discuss what data is collected via anti-tracking. In order for this system to work, we must analyze the tracker requests for patterns to determine what should be deemed unsafe. However, this is done anonymously and without compromising user privacy.

Are there any trackers not blocked by Ghostery?

The Ghostery Tracker library consists of over 2200 trackers and 4500 scripts; however, new advertising and marketing technologies are being created all the time. To keep our users as protected as possible, as our users encounter new trackers, we’re adding them to our list. But it is possible to encounter a new tracker that Ghostery is not blocking.

How can I allow all trackers?

Instructions:

  1. Click the top right kebab menu (the 3 dots).
  2. Go to the ‘All Trackers’ tab and click on the 3 dots next to categories.
  3. Click ‘unblock all’ to allow all trackers.

How do I delete my history?

To delete your browsing history, follow these steps:

For Android:

  1. Tap on Settings (the 3 dot menu)
  2. Go to Privacy -> Clear Private Data -> Choose from the list  -> click ‘clear data’

For iOS:

  1. Tap on Settings (the 3 dot menu)
  2. Go to Privacy -> Clear Private Data -> Choose from the list -> Click ‘clear private data’

Why is Ghosty wearing a mask?

If your Ghosty is wearing a mask, it means that you are in a Ghost Tab.  This means that there will be no cookies or browser history saved after you close the session.

How do I change the complementary search engine?

The Ghostery Privacy Browser allows you to select from several different complementary search engines that provide additional search results beyond Ghost Search. DuckDuckGo is automatically set as your search engine unless changed.

To change your default option:

  1. Tap on the top right kebab menu near the search bar (the 3 dots)
  2. Tap Settings
  3. (Android only) Select ‘General’
  4. Tap Complementary Search and select your desired option

Why are there already results for my search, before I even finish typing my question?

We try to anticipate your search to give you suitable results as quickly as possible. We developed our own quick search mechanism to show you the most relevant results as fast as possible.

Is my device compatible with the Ghostery Privacy Browser?

The Ghostery Privacy Browser for Android is compatible for Android Version 4.1 and later.

The Ghostery Privacy Browser for iOS is compatible for iOS Version 9.0 and later.

What is Smart Blocking?

We developed our automatic Smart Blocking feature to make it easier for users to optimize their browsing experience and blocking choices.  It automatically blocks slow or non-secure trackers, for example, and allows certain trackers that we know may cause breakage on popular websites when blocked. This function is run locally and does not use any personal data.

Why does Ghostery only show one search result?

We do offer more than one result. To locate the other results, swipe right to left. If you press ‘enter,’ you will be taken to the results list from the complementary search engine. Our default search engine is DuckDuckGo, but you can change this in the settings.

How can I manage trackers while on a site?

To manage trackers, tap on Ghosty in the toolbar. You will see two lists – one showing all trackers on your current site and one showing all trackers in general (global).

To restrict or allow a tracker on your current site only, choose the appropriate tab, find the tracker and choose “restrict” or “allow.” Note  that choosing “block” will block the tracker across all sites, and choosing “Unblock” will allow it across all sites. You may also bulk block or unblock all trackers, or by tracker category.

What is Ghost Tab?

While browsing in Ghost Tab, Ghostery does not store the following data on your device:

  • History: Visited pages will not be saved to the computer’s history and thus cannot be found via the library or the history results in the search.
  • Cookies: Cookies store various information, such as page settings, logins, and data that is used for plugins like Adobe Flash Player.
  • Form fields and search box entries: Text entered into text boxes or search functions on websites is forgotten instantly.
  • Passwords: Newly entered passwords will not be remembered.
  • Download list: You can download and save files just like in normal browsing mode. However, files downloaded in Ghost Tab will not show in the downloads menu.
  • Temporary data: Temporary data and data required for offline usage cannot be saved in Ghost Tab.