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It's Great! I used to be annoyed by Facebook, Twitter and other pop-ups that popped up when I innocently moved the cursor across a badge. But Ghostery must block those, because It's not happening any more.
I understand that it can interfere with how some sites operate, like Ancestry.com, but you can whitelist those sites. I haven't encountered any problems yet, and I block everything in their list.
Ghostery reports that it's blocking two trackers on this LinuxQuestions page: Google Analytics and OpenX. The most I've seen on any one page so far was on this article, with 16 trackers, beacons, etc. blocked. I like it!
It would be interesting to know if anyone finds a site with more than 16.
If you feel that these don't belong on LQ, then you should start a thread on Suggestions & Feedback to request their removal.
Sorry, I didn't mean that as a complaint against LinuxQuestions. The little icon was right there for me to see as I typed, so I mentioned it. Almost every website I visit has at least two. In fact it's almost a compliment, because so many sites have so many.
But regardless of what this site or other sites or other users do, I intend to use this great new tool I've found to block trackers and annoyers.
I've been using AdBlock or AdBlockPlus for years also. Excellent. Couldn't stand to surf without it.
The PrivacySuite site says it will "Block web trackers and web bugs" and "Block social buttons created by Facebook, Google, and others". That's a big part of what Ghostery does. But I didn't see any place on the PrivacySuite site that says how many trackers, bugs, beacons, etc. that it knows about.
Ghostery doesn't say it on their site but once installed, the options page says it blocks 795 individually-selectable third party elements (3pes) which includes 168 trackers and 201 analytics. And that includes some they've added since I installed it, so the battle continues.
On a different note however, PrivacySuite and Ghostery are both authored by companies that are in the online-privacy business. So I guess they give away something free to show how good they are and therefore get business. That's cool.
But it concerns me a little that I've installed third-party software with could have direct access to my online financial transactions via the chrome interface it accesses, from a company I know little of and whose only motive to protect me is to protect their own name.