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One of the major changes in Ghostery 6.0 is a redesign not only of the user interface of the extension but also of the Ghostery Web user interface, the tracker list, and social sharing.

One rather recent change was to separate the settings of Ghostery from the extension. If you want to configure Ghostery, say block or allow specific trackers, add trusted or restricted sites, or change general settings, you will have to do so on the Ghostery website.

Source.




They state that they want to be transparent yet make no mention of the above (2nd paragraph) in either the release notes or accompanying introductory text.

At least people with noScript blocking their site will see the image below indefinitely, at least there they were transparent:





Before, the list of trackers was downloaded to each computer and you could see all of them and configure the extension locally, even in off-line mode. Not anymore. It partially nullifies the option to not participate in the previously called "Ghostrank". Now they get to know how you have all the options set up and what you're blocking, what sites you trust and which ones you don't.

Additionally, the new design features a dumbed down interface with the introduction of a space and time consuming animated doughnut chart of dubious usefulness, burying the actual companies doing the tracking behind collapsible categories. The DPI scaling is also messed up in this release.
Edited by tpi2007 - 2/24/16 at 11:39am
 
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uBlock, Disconnect and Privacy Badger works and are open source. I have used this thing before, but I stopped. I definitely don't trust this. These people are doing it for profit, it's proprietary and it's free. "When something is free...", you know the rule.
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uBlock, Disconnect and Privacy Badger works and are open source. I have used this thing before, but I stopped. I definitely don't trust this. These people are doing it for profit, it's proprietary and it's free. "When something is free...", you know the rule.

Well at least it says

"we are selling your data"

unlike most programs lol
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And Ghostery has been removed from my PC.

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FF extensions I use:

Disable Plugin & Mimetype Enumeration
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uBlock, Disconnect and Privacy Badger works and are open source. I have used this thing before, but I stopped. I definitely don't trust this. These people are doing it for profit, it's proprietary and it's free. "When something is free...", you know the rule.

Agree. used ghostery for ages but reading on here and around the web decided to try out some others and removed ghostery.
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oh ghostery...

you are not the only game in town and you just gave people a reason not to use yours.
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uBlock, Disconnect and Privacy Badger works and are open source. I have used this thing before, but I stopped. I definitely don't trust this. These people are doing it for profit, it's proprietary and it's free. "When something is free...", you know the rule.
I tried ublock for a while but it was such a pain to work with compared to adblock plus.
Also you forget the biggest of them all, Noscript. With that on nothing will be able to track/run in the background with your permission.
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Are all of these programs/addons any better than using a host file? https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts is where I have been getting the "list" to populate the host file with.
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Host file is perfect when you never want to have x site access to your stuff.
adblock or noscript are for more dynamic use. On some sites i allow ads to run since they neither annoy me or delay the site.
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