Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Privacy Badger

privacybadgerThe Electronic Frontier Foundation recently announced that its tracker-munching browser add-on is ready for prime time. Privacy Badger version 1.0 is available now for Chrome and Firefox.

Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. To the advertiser, it’s like you suddenly disappeared.

Privacy Badger operates in a different manner from other products that try to block obnoxious and privacy-invading advertising. When you view a webpage, that page will often be made up of content from many different sources. (For example, a news webpage might load the actual article from the news company, ads from an ad company, and the comments section from a different company that’s been contracted out to provide that service.) Privacy Badger keeps track of all of this. If as you browse the web, the same source seems to be tracking your browser across different websites, then Privacy Badger springs into action, telling your browser not to load any more content from that source. And when your browser stops loading content from a source, that source can no longer track you.

Privacy Badger may actually allow pop-up ads once or twice. However, if the same pop-up appears time and again on different web sites, Privacy Badger will then block it. All of this works with no “training” or user intervention. Privacy Badger “learns as it goes.”

I installed it in my Mac’s Google Chrome and, so far, it seems to be working well. There was no installation or configuration required. Just download it from the web site and then surf the Web as you always do. You will soon see fewer and fewer obnoxious tracing ads.

Privacy Badger is available for Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers on Windows, Macintosh, and Chromebooks. Best of all, it is available free of charge.

You can learn more or even download Privacy Badger at https://www.eff.org/privacybadger.

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