Ghostery Now Ready for Download on Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome

Industry-Leading Privacy Software Also Expands Functionality for Firefox

NEW YORK--()--Ghostery, the web user's window into the invisible web, has become the standard for ordinary web users to detect tracking beacons (aka web bugs), with more than 2 million downloads on Firefox. Today, Ghostery announced that its bug detection software is available for download on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Google Chrome for the first time, along with expanded functionality for existing Firefox users.

Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives users a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, research and analytics companies who track user-specific activities on the web.

“Although Ghostery had been available only on Firefox until now, it has become the standard for all internet users interested in learning who is accessing their browsing data, and what these companies are doing with it,” said Colin O’Malley, Co-Founder and VP of Privacy and Business Development for Better Advertising, which owns and operates Ghostery. “We’re thrilled to be able to share Ghostery with the other 70 percent of consumers on the web who use Internet Explorer and Chrome. This release also includes expanded functionality for the more than 2 million Firefox users.”

Specific benefits of Ghostery for Google Chrome 1.0 include:

  • Robust capacity for detecting bugs, tracking scripts, IMG tags and iFrames, across more than 250 tracking companies
  • Access to the Ghostery database for more information on how the above tracking technologies use the data they collect, allowing you to make informed decisions on what cookies to block in your browser while we work on blocking features for Chrome.

Specific Benefits of Ghostery for IE 1.0 include:

  • Detection of in-page tracker scripts
  • Access to the Ghostery database for more information on how identified trackers are using the collected data
  • Blocking functionality for all identified scripts

Specific benefits of Ghostery for Mozilla Firefox 2.1 include:

  • Added capacity for detecting IMG tags and iFrames, across more than 250 tracking companies

All versions of Ghostery provide access to the Ghostrank community, and access to updated bug lists on a weekly basis, which is provided on demand, as well as an opt-in automatic update. Users can compare browser capabilities side by side at:

“As IE and Chrome evolve their capabilities for supporting third party applications, we look forward to providing enhanced capabilities to users across the web,” said Andy Kahl, Ghostery's product manager. “We also want to express our gratitude and recognition to the Ghostery community for providing such great feedback that led directly to this new functionality. We certainly look forward to their continued support and suggestions.”

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Release Summary

Ghostery released a new version of its industry leading ad tracking software. Now it is available on Chrome and Internet Explorer, as well as on Firefox. The Firefox version has also been updated.


Andy Kahl