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New Firefox add-on allows you to see how, when and where sites are tracking your browsing history

By Justin Kahn ยท 11 replies
Oct 25, 2013
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  1. We all know that many sites will use any method they can to track us, whether it's for legitimate reasons that make our experience a better one or for evil reasons like advertising data or just keeping an eye on...

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  2. I wonder if is will be able to track back to the NSA.
  3. SmilingKnight

    SmilingKnight TS Rookie

    And I wonder if the data I entries I send to the database are personally identifiable, including IP address. And who gets to see besides Lightbeam (hint: affiliates).
    psycros likes this.
  4. This may be a new paradigm. It would be refreshing to have transparency on the trackers. Hopefully this will become a pervasive tool that rides on all browsers
  5. Recent news this is not. I have been using Mozilla's original version of this for a year and a half. It is good to see that it is updated with more functions, however.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,376   +2,031

    As long as you don't upload your results to the Lightbeam database you shouldn't be giving them any metrics they can sell back to the ad mongers. Of course there's every chance that at least some of that data will be uploaded regardless. Its amazing how devious the spyware industry has become.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,365   +1,137

    Add-ons like this have been around since Firefox 3.6 as I was using them! (Yes Techspot, I was surprised as to how many servers your website links to xD ) I am always amazed by the amount of connections your computer makes browsing the internet with servers that really are nothing to do with the website you are actually visiting.
  8. I tried an addon like this a couple years ago. It turned me onto Ghostery, which I have now ditched in favor of Disconnect Me in combination with Adblock Plus and EasyPrivacy list. Also using Startpage for searching Google privately. From there I got a zero log VPN, and I have finally gotten rid of all my Proprietary Software in favor of safer Open Source software.

    No doubt corporations and governments (which are becoming the same thing) will continue evolving their ways of tracking and spying on people, but you don't have to make it easy on them. Stand up for your right to privacy.
  9. tomkaten

    tomkaten TS Maniac Posts: 243   +160

    1. Install Adblock Edge.
    2. Add Easylist, Fanboy's Social Blocking list.
    3. Add EasyPrivacy filter list.
    4. Marvel at the two or three sites that your webpage now connects to :)

    Just for kicks, disable Adblock completely, reset Lightbeam's data, refresh the page bypassing cache (CTRL+F5) and enjoy the difference.
  10. I see this being cool to see for about a day for its users, and then forgotten. I'm already no longer interested.
  11. @ tomkaten : Install Adblock Plus as it is most current. Then if you want disable allowing non-intrusive advertising (in Firefox) via Tools > Addons > Adblock Plus Preferences > Filter Preferences > uncheck bottom left.

    Or after install, the load up page will give you a link to immediately disable non-intrusive advertisements.
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,481   +975

    Seems like a great add-on.

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