Saturday, 22 October 2011

Blocking tracking

Rudely lifted wholesale from "Unlike Us" (here), that seeks an alternative to media monopolies, here is a list of browser extensions that are specifically meant to block online tracking.

1: Priv3
The Priv3 Firefox extension lets you remain logged in to the social networking sites you use and still browse the web, knowing that those third-party sites only learn where you go on the web when you want them to.
2: Ghostery
Ghostery allows you to block scripts from companies that you don’t trust, delete local shared objects, and even block images and iframes. Ghostery puts your web privacy back in your hands.
3: Disconnect
Disconnect stops major third parties and search engines from tracking the webpages you go to and searches you do
4: ShareMeNot
ShareMeNot is a Firefox add-on designed to prevent third-party buttons (such as the Facebook “Like” button or the Twitter “tweet” button) embedded by sites across the Internet from tracking you until you actually click on them.

German website Heise also offers a ‘two-clicks for more privacy’-solution that –when implemented- disables the social buttons (Like, tweet, plus) –an their ability to track- by default and activates them only when the user toggles them on. Sidenote: the German state of Schleswig-Holstein banned the ‘like’ button in August, fining the state institutions who kept the like button on their website.

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I am director of the Media and Persuasive Communication (MPC) network at Bangor University where I also lecture on political-economy of the media. I am currently working on a book provisionally titled Deconstructing Privacy for Peter Lang and leading two empirical projects in connection with privacy perception and the use of new media for smoking cessation. I am author of Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process (Routledge, 2013); The Mood of Information: A Critique of Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011); and Digital Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009). Please contact me at if you are interested in Ph.D supervision or consultancy services.