Following on from my small rant on privacy and cookies, I came across a browser plug-in called Ghostery.  There is a fairly extensive description about it on MacWorld, so I don’t think I need to write much more here.  It shows whether web-sites have “tracking bugs” and potentially allows one to block them.  It is available for Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer currently.  For Safari it can be downloaded from the Apple Safari Extensions Gallery or from within Safari in the Extensions manager.

At the very least it is interesting to see how many tracking systems are employed on some pages.  For example, the Macworld page linked above shows up with 5 trackers (Facebook Connect, Doubleclick, Google Adsense, Omniture and Google Analytics).

Needless to say, this blog site is clean (but then I don’t attempt to make money out of it through advertising).


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