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'Privacy Badger' Browser Add-On Protects You from Online Tracking

Bill Snyder | July 23, 2014
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is encouraging all Web surfers to install its new privacy add-on for Chrome and Firefox browsers, which aims to block websites' abilities to keep tabs on users.

Other products that offer some of the same functionality include Disconnect,Adblock Plus and Ghostery.

Privacy Badger was just released, and I've only used it for a short while. So far I've had no problems, and it seems to work well. However, the Chrome version feels more complete than the Firefox version. For example, the Badger icon in Firefox doesn't show the number of tracking sites, but the Chrome version does. Also, the Chrome version identified more trackers on specific sites than the Firefox version.

Technically, Privacy Badger is still in beta, but it's stable and the EFF encourages everyone to download it. I expect the rough edges to be smoothed out quickly, and I don't see any reason not to use it. After all, there's little upside to being tracked.

 

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