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+ Remove WebSocket filter scheme support for older versions of Chrome and FF
+ Fix Human Web endpoint URLs
Please see https://github.com/ghostery/ghostery-extension/releases/
+ New surrogate for 'NetRatings SiteCensus' tracker that locks up Chrome when blocked (Issue #11)
+ Site-specific tracker allow now bypasses Anti-Tracking
+ Adds Cliqz browser compatability
+ Improved German language translations for better UI
+ Fixes inconsistency in install_compelte metric
+ Removed scroll bar in Simple View
+ Updated CONTRIBUTING (Issue #6)
Please see https://github.com/ghostery/ghostery-extension/releases/tag/v8.1.1
+ Ghostery is now open source!!
+ Changed license to MPL-2.0
+ Updated README, CONTRIBUTING, CODE-OF-CONDUCT
+ All files now support JSDoc. Build docs with `npm run docs`
+ Fixed issue when selecting Block All/None in setup flow custom blocking
+ Updated language translations
+ Fix layout issues on FF Android
+ Fix FOUC on certain sites while running Ghostery
+ Updated translations
+ Firefox 52 is now the minimum supported version
+ UI fixes in the setup flow
+ Various bug fixes
We are very excited to introduce Ghostery 8, the most advanced privacy tool in the world! This new version of Ghostery has been many months in the making, as we brought together the combined technical expertise (not to mention uncommonly good looks) of the Cliqz and Ghostery teams.
If you’d like to see what’s new in Ghostery 8 on your own, click here and check it out. If you’d like to see what’s new before trying it, keep reading.
What’s new in Ghostery 8?
+ Enhanced Antitracking
+ Enhanced Adblocking
+ Smart Blocking
+ Simplified Setup
+ Simple View
+ New Default Settings
+ Expanded Detail View
+ Snooze feature for Pause
+ New Dashboards (coming soon)
- Implemented Firefox for Android compatibility for Ghostery 7
- Implemented backend improvements
- Fixed click-2-play typo-
Fixed reported console log syntax error
+ Fixes slow startup in Firefox 55
+ Minor bug fixes
+ Fixes broken Ghostery panel in Firefox with cookies disabled
+ Correctly update timestamp on settings page after db auto-sync
+ Minor bug fix to improve performance while blocking
We have another version of Ghostery (v 7.3) hot off the press! However, before we dive into the details of this release, let us share a little insight into some of the bigger ambitions we've been pursuing over the last few months and the direction we plan to bring our product in the months to come.
When Ghostery joined Cliqz in February, we set a common goal to not only establish a new bar in privacy but to also rethink browsing technology in a way that provides a free, open, and private Internet that puts the needs of users first. To date, a "free" Internet has always been one financed by advertising - a model that ultimately imposes invisible costs on individuals in the form of intrusive and annoying ads, slow websites, widespread erosion of privacy, and an entire industry built around acquiring and selling user data. In other words, today's ad-supported Web is anything but free, and almost certainly doesn't put the needs of users first.
We think you deserve a better Internet and a smarter way to browse it.
To make good on this aspiration, we will be experimenting with different models that provide an alternative to advertising as the engine of the free Web. To that end, we are currently testing a cool new feature in Ghostery 7.3 that lets our users earn rewards for products and services simply by browsing online as usual. Our goal with this is to empower our users to gain something directly from companies who value them rather than have that value sucked up by thousands of middlemen trying to serve them ads. Our aim is to extend this model so that people can support their favorite websites without suffering ads and their invisible costs while helping Ghostery (and its uncommonly attractive team) pay our bills and deliver real value to our users at the same time.
Ultimately, we think this experimental feature is something exciting that a lot of people will like - it brings you real, valuable rewards with zero data collection and 100% anonymity while still enjoying the cleaner, faster, and safer browsing experience that Ghostery has always provided. It’s also completely optional, so, if it’s not your cup of tea, you can simply turn the feature off. And if you don’t notice any changes in Ghostery 7.3, don’t worry – we’re running the experiment with only a small percentage of our userbase. As we learn from this test and others, we will roll out this feature and other improvements to more and more users.
As for the rest of Ghostery 7.3, its new features, improvements, and bug fixes are outlined below. As always, if you have any feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us (email@example.com).
New Features & Improvements:
• Improved block-and-filter functionality in advanced settings
• Improvements to usage analytics
• Rewards experiment (Germany Only)
• Tracker descriptions are now displaying properly
• The click-2-play redirect from Google shopping links now works properly
Spring has sprung and with it an updated version of Ghostery (v 7.2) is ready for the masses! This release includes a number of number of big improvements and changes, so continue on to learn more.
First and foremost, Ghostery 7.2 includes our first official unveiling of the Human Web. The Human Web is a revolutionary technology developed by Cliqz, our new parent company, that uses the wisdom of the crowd to power a sophisticated suite of browsing tools, including private search and heuristic anti-tracking. The Human Web does this by aggregating anonymous statistical data from our users to determine the relevance and safety of trackers, websites, and search queries. This data is thoroughly scrubbed of any personally identifiable information and is passed through a series of peer-to-peer proxies, making the data virtually unidentifiable by anyone, including ourselves, so that even if our security were breached by a hacker or outside organization, there would be practically no way to tie this information to individuals. The Human Web, which is open source (check out the code), is implemented in all new installations of Ghostery, though users can easily opt out of it at any time. This implementation of the Human Web is the first step towards bringing heuristic anti-tracking - that is, an anti-tracking feature that uses machine learning to improve itself - to Ghostery in addition to our traditional block-list model, a move that will greatly increase the privacy firepower of our product.
Beyond implementing the Human Web, Ghostery also features a handful of new features and improvements. Chiefly, we have made all advanced features - including slow and non-secure alerts and URL patterns - available to all users, even those without accounts. This is our first step in making as much of the Ghostery experience available to users without needing to share an email address or create a password. Additionally, we have added a page speed indicator to the main panel, which shows the load time for the page. This indicator is a great way to see the impact that blocking or not blocking trackers with Ghostery has on how quickly websites load. Further, we have not only made a myriad of bug fixes as we always do but we have also made a number of improvements to our back-end processes that speed up the performance of Ghostery while reducing the CPU usage.
Finally, we are building a rigorous A/B testing back-end into our product which will allow us to more quickly and aggressively test new features in the product. This means that users like you are more likely to see experimental new features live and in the wild, giving us a greater opportunity to test big ideas and get immediate feedback on them from real users like you. This will be especially true for our beta user group, which has access to early builds that we will be using more and more frequently to test some pretty ambitious ideas. Per usual, if you want to join this group, feel free to do so by following this link and signing up.
The Ghostery Team
Summary Change Log
- Human Web implementation
- Page Speed Indicator
- A/B testing capabilities
- Click-2-Play button for Hubspot forms
- Changed URL for "Map these Trackers"
- Updated copy translations
- Removed account requirement for advanced features
- Improved performance and reduced CPU usage
- Fixed weird symbols mixed in with copy
- Fixed link to the proper blog post for the update notification
- Fixed version number in Ghostery control center
- Fixed issue causing FF version 52 to feeze
This hotfix addresses a critical defect across all browsers that has been logging users out of their accounts. This release also addresses some additional minor defects as well as a Firefox-specific defect that was causing a blank panel when users disabled third-party cookies.
This is a general maintenance hotfix with a few user-facing improvements and updates. First and foremost, we made performance improvements across all browsers by updating how we handle internationalization, which should reduce load time when a user first opens his browser. Second, we removed the ability to collapse the main panel, as this feature was proving to be buggy and problematic. Third, we resolved a number of backend defects and added some broken-page fixes.
This is a hotfix intended to fix a number of issues we discovered in the Ghostery 7 release, including upgrade issues in certain languages on Firefox, a CSS conflict with Ghostery's site notice, and other back-end defects.
Fixed Defect Summary:
+ Fixed scroll bar for upgrade modal on Firefox to prevent primary CTA from being pushed off the screen.
+ Fixed some broken links in the Help panel
+ Back-end defect fixes
First and foremost, the Ghostery 7 user interface feaures a bigger panel that is divided into an information view, featuring a more compact version of our granular tracker list, and a summary view, featuring high-level information and functionality. The summary view is collapsable and includes a tracker category donut wheel that also doubles as a click-to-select filter for the tracker list as well as the Trust Site (unblock all on page), Restrict Site (block all on page), and Pause Ghostery (disable all blocking) functions. Ghostery 7 also features new alerts for trackers that are slow, non-secure, or break pages, features that help users figure out what to block and when. The slow- and non-secure trackers are available only to account holders, as well as other advanced features, such as account syncing, tracker URLs, and a sneek peek of Trackermap. Finally, we have also enhanced the purplebox so that it has a new collapsed state that includes alert indicators.
Beyond the extesion itself, we have also consdensed the setup flow to make it easier for users to quickly and intuitively set up Ghostery. Additionally, the tour, which used to be required for all new users, is now an optional call-to-action that allows users to explore it if they are interested but otherwise easily dismiss it if they are not.
New Feature Summary
Restructured extension panel that is larger and collapsible
Cleaner, simpler, easier-to-understand UI
More compact tracker list
Filterable tracker categories
Alerts for broken page, and slow or non-secure trackers
Collapsable purple box with refined UI
Local settings located in the extension itself
Sneak peek at Ghostery Trackermap
Condensed setup flow with
Opt-in & account modals
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