What do the statistics in Ghostery Start Tab show?
Wherever you are going on the internet, Ghostery protects your privacy. Our rigorous tracker blocklist, Enhanced Anti-Tracking and Ad-Blocking technology prevents your personal information from being tracked by or transferred to third parties when you visit a website. The statistics you see in Ghostery Start Tab show you how these privacy features have impacted your browsing experience. These include the total number over time of trackers you’ve encountered, trackers you’ve blocked, data points anonymized, and ads blocked.
Total Trackers Blocked
The numbers in this section show how many trackers in total you’ve encountered by browsing the web, and how many of those Ghostery has blocked. The latter number will change based on your own Ghostery blocking settings, which you can modify any time within the extension.
Data Points Anonymized
This number shows how many private data points Ghostery has removed with Enhanced Anti-Trackingin order to protect your personal data from being transmitted to third parties.
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.
This method has the advantage over pure cookie blocking of reducing site breakage and working independently of the tracking method used. It also protects from fingerprinting and new tracking methods.
You can learn more about how it works in this article from Cliqz.
This number shows how many ads Ghostery has blocked with our built-in Enhanced Ad Blocker. This feature enables faster-loading websites without ads and clutter, and complements Ghostery tracker blocking and anti-tracking. It also protects against stealthy cryptocurrency mining by preventing websites from secretly hijacking your computer’s resources.
I don’t want to see these statistics. What can I do?
You can hide all privacy statistics from your Ghostery Tab view. Simple open a Ghostery Tab, go into Settings (gear icon on the top-right) and toggling off Privacy Stats. You can turn them back on at any time.
If you would like to disable these statistics altogether, you can choose to turn off each corresponding feature within the extension. First, open the Ghostery extension in the browser bar. To disable Total Trackers blocked, click Pause. To disable Data Points Anonymized, turn off the Enhanced Anti-Tracking feature (click to turn off or on). To disable Ads Blocked, turn off the Enhanced Ad Blocking feature (click to turn off or on).
When a feature is off, it will be grayed out in the extension, and its corresponding statistic will be gray and inactive in Ghostery Tab.
Note that if you turn off a feature, you will no longer be completely protected by Ghostery. We recommend that you leave them on, and hide the statistics from the Ghostery Tab display instead if you do not wish to see them.
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