Ghostery?

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by Daveski17, May 23, 2010.

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  1. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

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    Ghostery a must have add-on or a load of rubbish?
     
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    i don't think it is rubbish but not important for me
     
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    Like a lot of Fx add-ons, some people rave about it, some hate it. I'm just curious. I don't want to download it & play around with it for a while then find out it's hard to uninstall properly or conflicts with anything (like NoScript for instance).
     
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    if you have noscript, they are very similar, no need for both.
     
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    OK thanks, I've just been playing around with the Chrome plug-in of Ghostery in SRWare Iron. It isn't as fully functional as in Fx yet but it is interesting. I'll stick with NoScript in SM/Fx I think.
     
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    Not entirely necessary I guess, but still, its interesting to see what other scripts are running behind the scenes.
     
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    Ditto:)
     
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    I think it's a nice complement to NoScript for trackers on the main domain. For example if I visit NYtimes.com it loads the main domain and googlesyndication.com, linkstorm.net and brightcove.com. With NoScript I trust the main domain to ensure full functionality and make all others untrusted so trackers will be blocked. But there also is a WebTrends tracker on the main domain, Ghostery blocks this one without blocking the whole main domain :)
    I think that's the power of Ghostery. AdBlock Plus has some anti-tracker subscriptions but every tracker on every domain needs to be added manually by the author which leaves a lot unblocked. Ghostery can detect the same tracker on every domain which is a whole better concept.
    Other than that it's nice to know who is watching you and if you need to trust more than the main domain to make a site work you at least know which one's not to trust.
    Since the new version it also has some new functions, but they aren't really interesting.(Delete flash cookies:Already have BetterPrivacy for that which is far more extensive, Delete silverlight cookies: Don't have silverlight installed anyway, Experimental detection of Web bugs embedded in iFrames and IMG tags: is nice concept but breaks lots of pages.)
     
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    OK thanks. I downloaded the extension out of curiosity. It is quite interesting & gives some information on any detected ghost feeds (which you can choose to block). I don't know how useful that info actually is though. The status bar alert count can be a bit sluggish to change if you are surfing pages quickly but you can hide that. The alert bubble is a bit better & you can hide that or set its time on the page (default 15 secs).
     
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