Mar 20, 2012
I had to reinstall my Firefox web browser (long story!), and, therefore, also had to reinstall my extensions. While perusing the extensions list, I came upon an excellent new app, Ghostery (click here for the app's website and here for the Firefox page).
What is it?
It's a Firefox add-on that allows you to block all website trackers, advertising trackers, and much more. And, it's free! Furthermore, its setup page is really good, allowing you to completely customize the app to your liking. It works great out of the box, but more seasoned users will want to play around with the settings.
Tips & Tricks
The first thing I did was to go to the "advanced" tab and turn off the annoying black box that appears on the browser every time it blocks a site and with a list of those blocked sites. I don't need that kind of reporting, but for those of you who do, it's there.
Adding blacklists is a snap: just point and click. And you can also allow ("whitelist") the sites you want to allow to drop cookies and whatever. Lastly, there's an auto-update feature. Not sure how well it works, since it's a new app for me, but, I'm sure it'll be fine.
And no, I have no vested interest in this app, whatsoever. I just came upon it and thought I'd share it with you because Internet privacy is so important.