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is ghostery of any use?

Discussion in 'General Security' started by mdp92, Aug 29, 2011.

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  1. mdp92

    mdp92 Thread Starter

    Aug 23, 2011
    I use chrome. i have the ABP extension. does it make any difference in the level of privacy or page load time if i choose to block 'web bugs' in ghostery ? have u guys used it? what r its pros and cons ?
  2. Ent

    Ent Trusted Advisor

    Apr 11, 2009
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    Let's start with the background.

    When you load a page, your browser downloads a HTML file which tells it what to display.
    This file will contain all the text on the page, as well as some information ensuring it's formatted correctly.
    However some files, including pictures, are loaded separately. So the browser sees the code text for an image in the HTML and it inserts the image from the specified site.
    Web bugs are are invisible images or other files that are loaded from a different site.
    When your browser goes to collect them, that site then knows what page you've been on. It can therefore track your movements across the web wherever you visit a site that has their bug.

    I don't use ghostery myself, but if it does what it says, it would prevent those sites from tracking you through their web bugs. I don't think there would be any noticeable difference in page load times.
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