“Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean that there’s no one out to get me.” Who hasn’t heard that line before, or some variation on it? With the information age came the fact that more people and companies are collecting data on individual people and their habits more than ever. This information is generally used to target ads at people more likely to click on them. If you’ve ever wanted to know exactly what websites have you in their sights, then Ghostery for Opera is a good option.
Ghostry places a cute little blue ghost in your add-ons bar, and when you load a site that has tracking embedded in it, a little number will pop up next to the ghost indicating exactly how many trackers are embedded in the site you’re viewing. Clicking the ghost will give you more information about exactly what those trackers are.
Ghostery also features the ability to block certain trackers from seeing you – and its list of trackers to block is so long that it made my eyes nearly bug out. I have a cold right now so that was not comfortable. I had no idea there were so many trackers around the web. Ghostery opened my eyes, and in the future I will use it to keep them blocked. So if you’d like to know who’s out there watching you right now, check out Ghostery.
By the way, there are six trackers on dotTech – Google + 1, Google Adsense, Google Analytics, Google Custom Search Engine, and Twitter Button. And now you know what’s tracking you right now.
Version reviewed: 0.9.5