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Ghostery helps you stay informed about what companies are tracking you by listing the trackers on each website you visit. Simple and Detailed Views Choose from multiple views depending on what you want Ghostery to display. Don’t worry – you can easily toggle between each view. Ever since its public release in 2008, Chrome has gradually become simpler to use, faster, and more secure. With the ever-changing world of the Internet, there may be times when you need to block a website due to one or more reasons. Ghostery uncovers the trackers on each website and empowers you to control the ones you don’t want for a cleaner, faster, and safer browsing experience. Learn More Take Control of.
NoScript also provides the most powerful anti-XSS and anti-Clickjacking protection ever available in a browser.
NoScript's unique whitelist based pre-emptive script blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known, such as Meltdown or Spectre, and even not known yet!) with no loss of functionality...
Watch the 'Block scripts in Firefox' video by cnet.
Staying safe has never been so easy!
Experts will agree: Firefox is really safer with NoScript!
If you find any bug or you'd like an enhancement, please report here or here. Many thanks!
03/10/2014, Edward Snowden endorses NoScript as a countermeasure against state Surveillance State.
08/06/2008, 'I'd love to see it in there.' (Window Snyder, 'Chief Security Something-or-Other' at Mozilla Corp., interviewed by ZDNet about 'adding NoScript functionality into the core browser').
03/18/2008, 'Consider switching to the Firefox Web browser with the NoScript plug-in. NoScript selectively, and non-intrusively, blocks all scripts, plug-ins, and other code on Web pages that could be used to attack your system during visits' (Rich Mogull on TidBITS, Should Mac Users Run Antivirus Software?).
Actually, NoScript has been recommended several times by SANS, but it's nice to see it mentioned in a dedicated issue, rather than as a work-around for specific exploits in the wild. Many thanks, SANS!
05/31/2006, PC World's The 100 Best Products of the Year list features NoScript at #52!
Many thanks to PC World, of course, for grokking NoScript so much, and to IceDogg who kindly reported these news...
José María Signanini
|Initial release||January 2010; 11 years ago|
Ghostery is a free and open-sourceprivacy and security-related browser extension and mobile browser application. Since February 2017, it has been owned by the German company Cliqz International GmbH (formerly owned by Evidon, Inc., which was previously called Ghostery, Inc. and the Better Advertising Project). The code was originally developed by David Cancel and associates.
As of 2017, Ghostery is available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Safari, iOS, Android, and Firefox for Android.
Additionally, Ghostery's privacy team creates profiles of page elements and companies for educational purposes.
Ghostery blocks HTTP requests and redirects according to their source address in several ways:
When a tracker is blocked, any cookie that the tracker has placed is not accessible to anyone but the user and thus cannot be read when called upon.
Ghostery reports all tracking packages detected, and whether Ghostery has blocked them or not, in a 'findings window' accessible from clicking on the Ghostery Icon in the browser. When configured, Ghostery also displays the list of trackers present on the page in a temporary purple overlay box.
Originally developed by David Cancel, Ghostery was acquired by Evidon (renamed Ghostery, Inc.) in January 2010. Ghostery is among the most popular browser extensions for privacy protection. In 2014, Edward Snowden suggested consumers use Ghostery along with other tools to protect their online privacy.Ghostery, Inc. made their software source code open for review in 2010, but did not release further versions of the source code after that. On February 22, 2016, the company released the EULA for the Ghostery browser extension, as a proprietary closed-source product.
Cliqz GmbH acquired Ghostery from Evidon Inc. in February 2017. Cliqz is a German company majority-owned by Hubert Burda Media. Ghostery no longer shares data of any kind with Evidon.
On March 8, 2018, Ghostery shifted back to an open source development model and published their source code on GitHub, saying that this would allow third-party contributions as well as make the software more transparent in its operations. The company said that Evidon's business model 'was hard to understand and lent itself to conspiracy theories', and that its new monetization strategy would involve affiliate marketing and the sale of ad analytics data.
In May 2018, in the distribution of an email promoting changes to Ghostery's practices to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), hundreds of user email addresses were accidentally leaked by listing them as recipients. Ghostery apologized for the incident, stating that they stopped the distribution of the email when they noticed the error, and reported that this was caused by a new in-house email system that accidentally sent the message as a single email to many recipients, rather than sending it individually to each user.
Under its former owner Evidon, Ghostery had an opt-in feature called GhostRank. GhostRank could be enabled to 'support' its privacy function. GhostRank took note of ads encountered and blocked, then sent that information back to advertisers so they could better formulate their ads to avoid being blocked. Though Ghostery claims that the data is anonymized, patterns of web page visits cannot truly be anonymized. Not everyone sees Evidon's business model as conflict-free. Jonathan Mayer, a Stanford graduate student and privacy advocate, has said: 'Evidon has a financial incentive to encourage the program's adoption and discourage alternatives like Do Not Track and cookie blocking as well as to maintain positive relationships with intrusive advertising companies'.
Since July 2018, with version 8.2, Ghostery shows advertisements of its own to users. Burda claims that the advertisements do not send personal data back to their servers and that they do not create a personal profile.