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Ghostery – How to configure Ghostery to stop Trackers
Ghostery is an excellent product, which has been criticised for the fact that it won’t stop trackers or cookies, unless you configure it correctly. This visual guide, will show you what checkboxes to select to shut down all tracking.
1. Step 1 – download Ghostery
Select the download now tab (Green lettering)
2. Select Ghostery for the browser (Firefox or IE)
Allow – If Firefox asks
Ghostery is now installed.
Step 2 – Configure Ghostery to Auto update their list of Trackers
Firefox Browser > TGM. Remember the mnemonic of “TGM”, to get to the options
Tools > Ghostery > Manage Ghostery Options
General Tab > Enable Library Auto Update
This is to auto update the list of trackers/cookies directly from Ghostery.
Ghostery is installed, but it will not block any trackers or cookies, until step 3 is complete.
Step 3 – Block Trackers and Cookies
General Tab > “Blocking Options”
3pes tab > Select All > Save
Tick all 5 checkboxes – make sure all 5 are selected – and that you Save (bottom Left of screen)
Select all > Save (Fastest way to select all checkboxes)
Now we see all 1288 elements are blocked
After “save”, ghostery may close down the options screen – so remember “TGM”, Tools > Ghostery > Manage to get back to these tabs.
Next, “cookies tab”.
Select All > Save
Then TGM to get back to the options screen
After Select All
Now all 758 Cookies are blocked
It is a shame that Ghostery does not stop all trackers/cookies by default upon install. However, it’s a fantastic product, so we’ll overlook that quirk.
Step 4 – Feedback Balloon – Great fun!
The best feature of Ghostery is their big purple bubble – which lists which trackers are after you.
- Advanced Tab
- Tick checkbox for Show Alert bubble
- Dismiss Alert Bubble = increase this to 20 or 25 seconds,
- Second Auto Update Screen – This is why Ghostery is criticised. 😦
- Auto Update section
- Block New elements by default ( Tick this checkbox) – it’s not checked by default. If “privacy by default” were the design concept, this would be checked, but it’s not. Be aware of these quirks.
Now Ghostery will block all those trackers.
- You will never again believe that you are safe on the web – Ghostery will alter your perception.
- Their purple bubble, which details who’s watching you, is a masterpiece.
- Now visit a website such as http://www.independent.co.uk.
- Ghostery will list a big purple bubble of who’s tracking you on that newspaper.