Ghostery SUPER slow on google images Rated 3 out of 5 stars

On almost every site, ghostery is fine but on google images ( http://www.google.com/images? ), it's very, very slow. It literally takes 40-70 seconds to finish loading. If I turn off ghostery, it's super fast.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

We were searching add-ons again and we passed ghostery remembering how good this is to have, so we signed in to leave a comment.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Don't be without this one!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Dear previous review,

Read the privacy policy of Ghostery by following the link on this page, next to "add to firefox" (and not the privacy policy that does not have to do with Ghostery on the Better Advertising website). I'm going to install Ghostery now and see if I like it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2). 

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Nice program, easy interface.
I would NOT opt in for the GhostRank - if you read the privacy policies of Ghostery and Better Advertising, which Ghostery is a part of, there is a lot of wording that isn't quite clear as to what they do with the data they collect, and too many "in most cases" or most instances". They leave too many back doors. They are adamant that the data isn't used for "advertising purposes" however there is no mention of marketing purposes, and they are completely different.

In one of the posts here someone asked if Better Advertising collects IP addresses, to which the answer is no, however their was no mention if Ghostery collects them and forwards them on.

Short blurb from Better Advertising's "principles"
"“PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION” (“PII”) — PII includes the following
information about a specific individual: name, address, telephone number, and email
address — when used to identify a particular individual. For the limited purposes for
which PII is used in these Principles and Commentary, a functional definition of PII
is used that is intended to apply to the various business models most directly involved
in Online Behavioral Advertising.

PII is a term used primarily in two areas in the Principles and Commentary. First,
PII is used in the Transparency principle so that consumers are informed specifically
about the collection and use of PII for Online Behavioral Advertising purposes.
Second, PII is used in this Commentary to describe a specific example of a “material”
change that would require Consent from the consumer under Principle V.

Another interesting remark from Better Advertising
"Better Advertising also publicly pledges never to use any data it collects for advertising."
Better Advertising doesn't use if for those purposes but what a third party does with them isn't a part of BA's concern.
Another excerpt:
“THIRD PARTY” — A Third Party is defined as an entity that engages in Online Behavioral
Advertising at a non-Affiliate’s Web site. This term recognizes that at the center of
these Principles are the entities that collect and use data for Online Behavioral Advertising
purposes.
In some instances, entities that are Affiliates under the Principles may also be Third
Parties and subject to the respective Third Party obligations including, without limitation,
transparency and providing choice for Online Behavioral Advertising. For example,
if a Web portal and an ad network are under common ownership and the Web
portal collects and uses data from non-Affiliate Web sites for delivery of ads, or the
Web portal collects and uses data on Web sites owned by its Affiliates for delivery of
advertisements on any non-Affiliate Web site, the Web portal would be a Third Party.
In instances where data is being collected and used solely among Affiliates, then the
Third Party obligations would not apply.
An advertiser (i.e. that entity whose product or service is being promoted in the
advertisement) is a Third Party to the extent that it is collecting data over time and
across non-Affiliate Web sites in order to predict consumer preferences or interests to
deliver advertising online on non-Affiliate sites. Where the advertiser is instead using
an ad network, Service Provider, or other entity to collect the data over time and
across non-Affiliate Web sites in order to predict consumer preferences or interests to
deliver its advertisement, and such entity is not providing such data to the advertiser
for its independent use, the advertiser is not a Third Party and not, in such instances,
subject to the Principles for such Online Behavioral Advertising. In such instances,
the ad network, Service Provider or other entity’s practices would be covered by the
Principles. If, however, the advertiser collects or receives the data and uses the data for
its own Online Behavioral Advertising purposes, the advertiser would be a Third Party
and subject to the obligations on Third Parties in the Principles.


Data is not considered PII under the Principles if the data is not used in an identifiable
manner. For example, in situations where an IP address is not linked with other PII,
the IP address itself would not in most instances be PII for purposes of these Principles.
In instances where an IP address is in fact linked to an individual in its collection and
use, in most instances the IP address would be PII for purposes of these Principles.
A similar analysis would apply for other persistent identifiers such as a customer
number held in a cookie or processor serial number. When such identifier is in fact
coupled with an individual identifier within the definition of PII, such as first and last
name, such information would be PII for purposes of the Principles. When such data
is not coupled with an individual identifier within the PII definition, the data would
not be PII.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2). 

Hi jpl

Thanks for using Ghostery.

Ghostery, GhostRank, data that's sent to us, and what we actually do with it is explained here: http://www.ghostery.com/privacy. There are actually 2 privacy policies here, one specific to Ghostery installation and one specific to Ghostery website. We understand that sometimes its possible to misunderstand or mis-explain what we actually mean, so please feel free to post on our GetSatisfaction (http://getsatisfaction.com/ghostery) page any questions you might have.

With regards to IP addresses. What our privacy policy tries to explain is that your IP address is forwarded to any server on the internet via the underlying technology (that includes ghostery.com when you open it up in your browser). Our policy reflects that, and beyond we explain what we do to get rid of this PII. In specific, our servers have all logging off, so your IP address is never stored with us, regardless of the product or platform.

With regards to GhostRank data. At this point, there are 2 uses for it. Its certainly is not used for any marketing purposes. First use is to collect comprehensive proliferation statistics for the web-bugs Ghostery tracks. Here is a sample: http://www.ghostery.com/apps/google_analytics or http://www.ghostery.com/apps/advertising.com or http://www.ghostery.com/apps/doubleclick. As you can see, GhostRank data allows us to create the right hand box that contains web-site listing. Second use is a bit subtler -- we use GhostRank data to identify, refine, and add new trackers into the detection pattern.

I hope I shed some light on the murkiness you found. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave us a message.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I think this is a great add on. I really like knowing which and how many web bugs are being blocked.

Also, I think it's pretty awesome that an advertising company is so aboveboard that they're willing to produce this add on and show you how other companies are trying to invade your privacy and protect you from it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2). 

Essential addon Rated 5 out of 5 stars

You cannot beat the combination of blocking the web's tracking companies by default and with great precision while also telling the user about them in a clear but unobtrusive way. The list of companies that want to know everything about us is expanding. All the more reason to educate the user about their names, about exactly who is destroying privacy on the web for the sake of a quick profit.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is awesome and I don't know how I ever browsed without it! Great little sleuth app that tells me exactly how these sites monitor your Internet activity.

Another great feature is that you can set Ghostery options to delete flash and silverlight cookies upon browser exit.

I love this little app!

http://tekblog.teksquisite.com/2010/06/01/cool-picks-from-the-month-of-may/

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.2). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

nice add-on. would be even nicer though if you could implement an icon for the toolbar similar to the one in the statusbar. (for people liek me, who hid the statusbar by default :D )

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.2). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Version 2.1.2 is a huge improvement over 2.1.1, but it still interfere with Firefox performance. For instance, it is interfering with one of my extensions that adds an image to a particular web page. When Ghostery is enabled, it takes some time before my extension can append the child element. When I disable Ghostery, the image appears immediately. I still need to review my code to see if there is any bug or if it needs optimization, but considering the previous problems of Ghostery 2.1.1, I would check if it is interfering with other extensions that append elements to web pages.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.2). 

hi lovinglinux!

hi lovinglinux! Thanks for using Ghostery. We're aware of the issues in the v2.1 branch and have plugged the known bugs in the next minor release: Ghostery v2.2. Its not ready for public consumption yet, but if you wish to test it, please email me at felix@betteradvertising.com and I will send you a copy.

v2.2 comes with a bug fix that ignores attached elements that are served by the origin domain -- exactly the case you a describing. Additionally, one of the new features is domain whitelisting that would enable you to fully "trust" a domain disabling Ghostery scanning on it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

For those that feel that Ghostery is too buggy, just wait or versoin 2.2. The development team is very helpful and timely with their support and updates. I had a problem with some of my Google 'widgets' where content wasn't appearing, and the Ghostery tech fixed the problem with a soon to be released upgrade. For someone like me, who values their privacy, Ghostery is a god-send. If you have doubts, wait until 2.2

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Awesome Internet privacy tool! Don't browse without it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.2). 

Previously block URLs reappearing Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Great add-on. Although I've noticed that it is slow.

The other thing that I don't like is that after the most recent update, some of the URL's that I've have disappeared! I wish that the update would have let me keep them rather than navigating to a webpage only to find out that I have to reblock the web bugs.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.1). 

issue resolution

Hi JEB! Thanks for using Ghostery.

We're aware of the issues in v2.1.1 branch. The fix is sitting in AMO and waiting approval, but you may install it from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addons/versions/9609#version-2.1.2

This version fixes slowness issue.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Hi.

I have two questions:

1) Does one one of you have any alternative(s) to this addon? i.e. one that blocks hidden ad trackers?

2) Can a person who works for "Better Privacy" answer me clearly this question: Does Better Privacy log IP addresses of users of Ghostery?

Thanks.

Oh my review: This is functionally a good addon but maybe not worth it if the IP addresses of users are logged in someone's (whoever the someone is) database. As we all know, IP addresses in combination with the time of browsing can be tracked back to the computer user.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.1). 

your answers.

Hi oingk! Thanks for using Ghostery.

To address your concerns:
1) You can see what Ghostery is often used with on the side of the addon page (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9609), labeled "Often used with...". Some of those add-ons are alternatives to functionality that Ghostery provides.

2) I'm assuming you mean BetterAdvertising. If so, here is the answer: we do not log IP addresses of a user who've installed Firefox Ghostery add-on. In fact, unless you explicitly point your browser to http://ghostery.com, we would not know your IP at all, since you would of never crossed paths with our servers. Lastly, if you do opt into GhostRank (thats an option in the Ghostery Options menu), your installation of Ghostery will begin sending us data about web-bugs it has encountered. Even when that data is sent to us, we do no possess or store your IP address.

All of this is clearly explained here:
http://www.ghostery.com/privacy-bt -- this is Privacy Policy for Ghostery addons. Please run through an anonimyzed proxy such as anonymizer.com if you really do not want to reveal your IP.

Cheers, and let me know if you have any other questions.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The supersedes my other review dated February 2009.

Better Advertising, Inc. worked hard to address the privacy concerns highlighted in their PRIVACY POLICY and TERMS OF SERVICE. Through their interaction, I feel safe using Ghostery for its intended purpose: to block unwanted tracking through Internet visits.

Please check out their website and speak with Rose if you have any questions about the effectiveness and safety of this add-on. Due to their patience and willingness to partner with their customers, on both side of the table, they have earned an advocate in me.

Again, this is an excellent & wonderful privacy tool to which I now feel comfortable pointing friends, family and customers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is working correctly now. Thanks a lot Rose and Bob.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1).  This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

WORKAROUND EXISTS: from ghostery support forum:

http://getsatisfaction.com/ghostery/topics/ghostery_2_1_breaks_javascript


"Enable Ghostery then turn OFF the blocking. Restart Firefox. Now turn blocking back ON."

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Bug Fix Exists

Thanks to the Ghostery community for all the comments and emails on the issue of Ghostery breaking sites. As it turns out, the glitch is actually occurring during the upgrade process from v2.0.3 to v2.1, where some database identifiers are getting crossed and corrupted. We have a fix, and are submitting it through the normal Firefox add-on channels today.

In the meantime, your options are to a) Revert back to v.2.0.3 which many of you have already done. We've also got a patch in place for those who want to continue using the original v.2.1 while we wait for the updated release to be pushed out. Directions below for that:-

1. Click on the Ghostery icon -> Click on Options -> Go to the Blocking tab.
2. Select None, press Save.
3. Select All, press Save.
4. Restart Firefox.

Thanks for the continued support of Ghostery. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused to your browsing experience today and are looking forward to providing you a speedy resolution.

Rose
Community Manager

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Today's update broke firefox and I have disabled the extension until it's fixed. I do hope the author responds soon as this is one of my must have extensions.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1). 

fix for v2.1

Hi Niteowl! It seems we've introduced a bug in the upgrade process from v2.0.3 to v2.1 in Firefox Ghostery. Please follow these instructions to fix it: http://getsatisfaction.com/ghostery/topics/ghostery_v2_1_bug_fix

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

My google page is dead too. There is a problem. I had to uninstall too. I WILL reinstall it when this bug is fixed. Awesome add on, just needs a minor repair.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1). 

fix for v2.1

Hi frietsch! It seems we've introduced a bug in the upgrade process from v2.0.3 to v2.1 in Firefox Ghostery. Please follow these instructions to fix it: http://getsatisfaction.com/ghostery/topics/ghostery_v2_1_bug_fix

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

My google page is dead too. There is a problem. I had to uninstall too. I WILL reinstall it when this bug is fixed. Awesome add on, just needs a minor repair.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1).