Sick Of Being Tracked On The Web? Try Ghostery!

I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about privacy lately. One of the areas of concern for me has been that of being tracked while browsing. After doing a bit of research I discovered the Ghostery browser for BlackDroid.

You know how you might be browsing around, looking at that cool new guitar, or awesome headphones, quadcopters, or whatever? Then you go to another site you might frequent, but lo and behold there are ads for the same or similar stuff you were looking at earlier? Well Ghostery gives you the opportunity to control what tracks you, and what ads you see. Let’s take a look.

Ghostery has a clean interface and runs quickly and smoothly in my testing. There are quite a few options available for the user. You can choose from a list of search engines (I chose Duck Duck Go), block cookies, clear history and more.

You can even deny Ghostery from gathering info on your sessions that would otherwise be used by them to further their knowledge on how you use the browser itself. As you can see, I’ve denied that and blocked “everything” Ghostery can find. But you can get even more granular than this.

 

I decided to test this browser on a site well known for tracking and ads. Ghostery found no less than 22 trackers and ad bots! Not that I read that site much at all, but when I did I found the site to be extremely sluggish. Without all those scripts running and all the trackers killed the site runs fine now! You’ll notice that the “Disqus” toggle is on. I did that because you can’t comment on a Disqus site (like UTBblogs) without it. You can also “whitelist” an entire site.

So far I’ve been impressed with the speed and agility of this browser. The lack of tracking my every move gives me peace of mind as well. After reading about them here, I think I’ll stick with it for a while.

And by the way, there are Ghostery plugins/extensions for most all desktop browsers as well.

What do you think? Are you sick of being tracked? Do you care about privacy on the internet?

Let us know in the comments!

 

Canuckvoip

Dave Matthews here. I'm a phone guy by trade supplying VOIP systems for business and industry. BlackBerry devices, playing PRS guitars in my band, golf, and RC flight are my current passions.

  • leverspro

    When I try read NFL scores Sunday evening on my Passport I find nfl.com extremely slow. Perhaps it’s because of tracker stuff. But I’m on bb10, not Droid.

    • Dave Matthews

      Ghostery seems to run OK on my Passport, give it a shot.

      • BlueTroll

        How did you load it on?

        • Dave Matthews

          went to apk-dl.com searched and downloaded. You could use Snap or Cobalt’s method as well.

          • BlueTroll

            Thanks Dave! I’ll have to give that a whirl when I find some free time!

            • Dave Matthews

              No problem, enjoy!

            • Dave Matthews

              Oooh! It’s on Amazon as well!

              • BlueTroll

                And downloaded! Thanks man!

    • BlueTroll

      It all depends on how many other sites they are serving your data to. I use Firefox on my desktop and the lightbeam plugin will show how many other sites your info is shared to. One site I go to (gocomics.com) creates an amazing starburst of connected sites. That probably explains why the site takes so long to load.

      I’m very intrigued by this and will give it a go on my WiFi Priv.

  • Thanks for this info, Dave! As a new user of BlackDroid, I find any reviews and suggestions of useful apps to be really helpful! Thanks Bro!

  • Mr Fairycake

    Hey Dave I see your into RC flight have you had a go at any desk top flight simulation. I’ve just started and it’s great. You should give it a go. Am using one called X Plane 11 check it out. Great for them rainy days when you can get out to flight you RC planes :)

    Here’s a little video I made showcasing one of the default planes that come with X Plane 11

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=otPBGXB7Qmc

  • Mr Fairycake

    Thank’s for the heads up….I’ll try and download that browser to my passport and give it a shot :

  • anthogag

    This Ghosty browser shows “14 trackers” here at UTB.

    Does BB10’s private browsing mode block the same trackers?

  • Sweet

    This is a great find. Thanks Dave !

    It shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that the trackers we see the most are from Google, Facebook and Twitter.

    Using it to visit the websites of various spy agencies and law enforcement agencies yields interesting results :-D :

    NSA: DoubleClick (owned by Google), Facebook, Google, Twitter
    GCHQ: Piwik (open-source analytics software and service)
    CSIS: Piwik, Twitter
    CIA: Twitter
    RCMP: Google Analytics, Twitter
    FBI: Google Analytics, Answers Cloud Service
    CSE: Twitter — the website won’t load on my mobile (“Webpage not available”), but it loads on my laptop)

    Not surprisingly, CNN uses the most trackers (18) of the sites I’ve tried so far. BTW, I’m running it on my Passport SE, and it runs well.

  • leverspro

    Found it on Amazon app store as well. Kind of Ironic though, neither Amazon or Ghostery allow you to shut off location. I don’t like apps that demand location.

    • Dave Matthews

      Strange… I have location turned off for Ghostery on my Dtek60.

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