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Know Who Is Tracking You as You Browse the Web

Posted on by mbordas

Many of today’s websites include mechanisms that monitor your online activities. These can include anything from cookies that maintain your site preferences to embedded tracking programs that send your browsing information to online marketing companies. However, it is possible to limit or block these mechanisms with browser add-on software.

For example, Ghostery (https://www.ghostery.com) provides a discreet popup window at the corner of your browser, which details any ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, or other companies that may have embedded code in the web pages you visit. To learn more about how Ghostery can block these tracking mechanisms and help you choose how much information you are willing to share, visit https://www.ghostery.com/en/faq.

Ghostery is free, easy to use, and available for most of the popular web browsers including Firefox, Google, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. Mobile versions are available for iOS and Android devices.

Similar browser add-on software includes:

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