Ghostery Version History

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Version 7.1.0.43beta 1.2 MiB Works with Firefox 48.0 and later

Changelog Summary
New User Features:
+ Refined purple box that is more compact and less intrusive
+ Improved performance across all browsers
+ Import / export local settings
+ Validation criteria for longer passwords with more characters
+ New setting to hide the tracker count from the toolbar
+ Minor improvements to the UI/UX

Fixed Defects:
+ Fixed account & language syncing
+ Fixed language-specific UI conflicts
+ New surrogates to fix several broken page issues
+ Minor UI/UX fixes
+ Minor backend fixes

Version 7.0.0.112beta 1.3 MiB Works with Firefox 48.0 and later

Release Summary
Ghostery 7 was designed and developed using the tremendous feedback we have received from our vibrant community, including months of user testing, hundreds of emails to our support desk, and thousands of survey responses. All sorts of users - from first time user to casual users to experts - wanted a browser extension that fit their individual needs and levels of use. Well, we heard you loud and clear! The result is an extension that combines a cleaner, simpler, and easier-to-understand interface with powerful new and enhanced features. The browser extension provides greater insight into trackers and the websites that host them. The best of both worlds.

New Feature Summary
Panel restructuring
Cleaner, simpler, easier-to-understand UI
More compact tracker list
Filterable tracker categories
Alerts for broken page, and slow or non-secure trackers
Collapsible purple box with refined UI
Tracker URLs
Sneak peek at Ghostery Trackermap
Condensed setup flow

Version 7.0.0beta1 1.3 MiB Works with Firefox 48.0 and later

Release Summary
Ghostery 7 was designed and developed using the tremendous feedback we have received from our vibrant community, including months of user testing, hundreds of emails to our support desk, and thousands of survey responses. All sorts of users - from first time user to casual users to experts - wanted a browser extension that fit their individual needs and levels of use. Well, we heard you loud and clear! The result is an extension that combines a cleaner, simpler, and easier-to-understand interface with powerful new and enhanced features. The browser extension provides greater insight into trackers and the websites that host them. The best of both worlds.

New Feature Summary
Panel restructuring
Cleaner, simpler, easier-to-understand UI
More compact tracker list
Filterable tracker categories
Alerts for broken page, and slow or non-secure trackers
Collapsible purple box with refined UI
Tracker URLs
Sneak peek at Ghostery Trackermap
Condensed setup flow

Version 6.3.0-beta 1.5 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 38.0a1 - 43.0, Firefox 38.0a1 and later, SeaMonkey 2.32 and later

New Features & Product Enhancements
Simplified and Improved Blocking UI (Ghostery Extension)
The blocking UI/UX in previous versions of the extension was, to put it bluntly, very confusing. Too much information was hidden by default and it took users too many clicks to get the information they wanted about the trackers they wanted to investigate. There were also too many rules and override states for the blocking logic itself, which further complicated the user’s experience. In 6.3.0, we simplified the blocking options interface by restoring a more traditional list view - though one that retains the categories - and made global blocking an easier two-choice check/uncheck interaction. Local blocking and unblocking remains in the product as “Trust on this site” and “Restrict on this site” tracker options, language that better parallels the establish site-level trust and restrict actions. We’ve also made these options only visible when a user hovers on the blocking options to help keep the UI simpler and less cluttered.

New Features Summary
Simplified and improved blocking UI (Extension & Web)
Refined purple box UI/UX
Improved Firefox for Android menu options
Fixed Defects Summary
Several broken page fixes (surrogates)
Firefox for Android menu settings clarification
Minor translation issues
Minor save state UI issues
GBE 6.3.0 Product Designs

Version 6.2.0-beta 1.4 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 38.0a1 - 43.0, Firefox 38.0a1 and later, SeaMonkey 2.32 and later

Release Summary
There are a number of new features in Ghostery 6.2.0 for Firefox. The most notable new feature is the restoration of Firefox for Android compatibility, which wasn’t previously available in the most recent releases. We have also added a feature for desktop users that will make the Tracker Settings panel the the primary view if it was the last panel open when the user closed the extension. That means that users can make this their default view if they prefer this to the Tracker Summary view.
We have also added a couple new features that will make it easier for users to report broken pages and submit new trackers. These features are available in the Ghostery extension menu. Finally, there were a couple minor edits to copy as well as small improvements to Ghostery web and extension interface.

New Features Summary
Ghostery 6.2 for Firefox includes the following new major features:
  • Firefox for Android compatibility
  • Persistent Tracker Settings panel view
  • Submit new tracker menu button + form
  • Report broken page menu button + generated email
  • User signed-in indicator
  • Updated My Ghostery footer to include Support link
  • Improved timestamp for tracker library updates

Fixed Defects Summary
Ghostery 6.2 for Firefox includes the following major defect fixes:
  • Fixed the blank panel issue when a user clicks on a 2nd monitor and clicks back
  • Fixed the translation issue that was occurring when the tracker library updates
  • Clicking on “Norsk” no longer defaults translations to English
  • Improvements to first-party exceptions for trackers that show up on their owners’ domains

Version 6.1.0-beta 1.4 MiB Works with Firefox 38.0a1 and later, SeaMonkey 2.32 and later

Release Summary
In the days following the release of Ghostery 6.0, we heard one question again and again - what happened to the “Pause” button? This feature never actually went away - it was renamed “Ghostery On/Off” and it was included in Ghostery’s menu. What was clear from the feedback our users gave us, however, was that having an obvious one-click option to temporarily pause blocking was sorely missed. Well, the “Pause” button has been returned to Ghostery 6.1, the first of many iterative releases to come.

Ghostery 6.1 also features a handful of defect fixes and copy changes. The most notable minor update is the change the name of “Adult Content” to “Adult Advertising” to better reflect the purpose of the trackers in that category. Additionally, the License Agreement and Privacy Statements now point to consolidated versions of each document and the 404 pages now load in all 22 supported languages.

New Features Summary
Ghostery 6.1 for Firefox includes the following new major features:
  • Pause button on Summary Panel - temporarily pause and resume blocking on any page.
  • Updated the category “Adult Content” to “Adult Advertising” to more accurately reflect the trackers in this category.
  • Copy and internationalization updates

Fixed Defects Summary
Ghostery 6.1 for Firefox includes the following major defect fixes:
  • The Ghostery summary panel is no longer broken when you close and reopen Firefox with Ghostery paused.
  • Tooltips for Trust Site & Restrict Site no longer persist when you hover away from them.
  • Corrections and improvements to internal analytics.

Version 5.4.11.2-beta 1.9 MiB Works with Firefox 38.0a1 and later, SeaMonkey 2.32 and later

- Adds support for new category strings
- Updated new release link URL

Version 5.4.11-beta2 1.9 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 26.0 - 44.*, Firefox 26.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.32 and later

Version 5.4.11-beta1 1.9 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 26.0 - 44.*, Firefox 26.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.32 and later

Version 5.4.4-beta1 1.4 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 26.0 - 40.0, Firefox 21.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.32 and later

Version 5.4.2-beta3 1.4 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 26.0 - 30.0a1, Firefox 21.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.32 and later

New Features:
- Add SeaMonkey support
- INFOLine surrogate
- Redesigned surrogate method to improve success rate

Bug Fixes:
- Settings not persisting related issues
- XUL Panel in Firefox has wrong translation keys
- Fixed blocking HookLogic on Walmart.com

Version 5.4.2-beta2 1.4 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 26.0 - 39.0, Firefox 22.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.32 and later

New Features:
- SeaMonkey 2.32+ support!

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed settings getting erased on startup
- Fixed XUL panel strings

Version 5.3.0beta1 1.5 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 21.0 - 32.0, Firefox 21.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Ghostery 5.3.0 Beta 1

Library totals

Bugs: 1933
Cookies/LSOs: 742

New features and bug fixes in 5.3.0
- Ghostery now supports cross-browser setting backup and exchange
- Better handling of first-party trackers on their "home" domains
- More text/content attributed for click-2-play overlays
- Databases update from CDN now
- Tweaking the purple box text colors for improved readability
- Improvements in Android rendering for icon and panel
- Panel bug fix to support Firefox 31+
- Miscellaneous changes

Version 5.2.0-rc6 1.5 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 21.0 - 32.0, Firefox 21.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.21 and later

Ghostery 5.2.0

Library totals

Bugs: 1912
Cookies/LSOs: 742

New features and bug fixes in 5.2.0
- Tracker library updates are now on by default
- Purple box is now in bottom right corner by default
- Adding easier control of purple box
- Improved exception whitelisting and pausing buttons and notifications
- Click-to-play adjustments so it does not remove content anymore
- Improved options and walk-through for mobile devices
- Android, Australis and SeaMonkey compatibility improvements
- Bug fixes

Version 5.2.0-beta1 1.5 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 21.0 - 31.0, Firefox 21.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Ghostery 5.2.0

Library totals

Bugs: 1882
Cookies/LSOs: 743

New features and bug fixes in 5.2.0
- Tracker library updates are now on by default
- Purple box is now in bottom right corner by default
- Adding easier control of purple box
- Click-to-play adjustments so it does not remove content anymore
- Improved options and walk-through for mobile devices
- Australis and SeaMonkey compatibility improvements
- Bug fixes

Version 5.1rc3 1.6 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 19.0 - 29.0, Firefox 19.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Ghostery 5.1

Library totals

Bugs: 1730
Cookies/LSOs: 742

New features in 5.1
- Translations for 11 new languages (incomplete German and Russian)
- Added SeaMonkey support
- Final switch over to support timestamps in library upgrade checks
- Added hi-res images for Ghosty
- Re-wrote button display module
- Added "remove badge" setting

Version 5.1beta1 1.4 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 19.0 - 28.0, Firefox 21.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Ghostery 5.1

Library totals

Bugs: 1730
Cookies/LSOs: 742

New features in 5.1
- Translations for 11 new languages (incomplete German and Russian)
- Added SeaMonkey support
- Final switch over to support timestamps in library upgrade checks
- Added hi-res images for Ghosty
- Re-wrote button display module
- Added "remove badge" setting

Version 5.0.6rc3 1.3 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 19.0 - 28.0, Firefox 19.0 and later

Ghostery 5.0.6

Library totals

Bugs: 1655
Cookies/LSOs: 741

Bug fixes in 5.0.6
- Improving page response time after page load
- Applying whitelisting to cookies when a whitelisted site is loaded
- Fixed a bug with Ghostery catching and blocking more than it should have

Bug fixes in 5.0.5
- introducing a much faster matching engine
- improved surrogate system
- fixed tab positions in wizard and options pages
- fixed the issues with Ghostery icon staying put on the toolbars
- fixed Ghostery closing browser when options is saved and no pages are open
- re-added original Ghostery shortcut (ALT + CTRL + G)
- removed extra dot in the wizard for Firefox on Android
- removed a bug on Android that forced re-opening of the wizard
- correct reporting of the pages that modify hash to navigate contents


New features and bug fixes in 5.0.4
- Fixed errors with some of the console.log calls left in the code
- Added access key to the walkthrough in Ghostery tools sub-menu
- Better notification on the options page when the current tracker list is already up to date
- Fixed non cached calls from options page to list updates
- Updates to the older XUL based panel: wording, styling, and added site specific unblock option
- Fixed an issue on some pages where Ghostery would cause an infinite reload
- Adding a manual simple-storage recording
- Different cookie starter that should resolve some bug report where Ghostery requests an addon to be disabled but continues to complain that its still there for cookie protection
- Fixed an issue with new trackers notification where Ghostery forgets to toggle to show new trackers


New features and bug fixes in 5.0.2
- Issue with CPU at 100% is resolved
- Built using addon-sdk
- Bug fixes, UI update and performance improvements

Version 5.0.5rc1 1.2 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 19.0 - 27.0, Firefox 19.0 and later

Ghostery 5.0.5 (Release Candidate)

Library totals

Bugs: 1642
Cookies/LSOs: 741

Bug fixes in 5.0.5
- introducing a much faster matching engine
- improved surrogate system
- fixed tab positions in wizard and options pages
- fixed the issues with Ghostery icon staying put on the toolbars
- fixed Ghostery closing browser when options is saved and no pages are open
- re-added original Ghostery shortcut (ALT + CTRL + G)
- removed extra dot in the wizard for Firefox on Android
- removed a bug on Android that forced re-opening of the wizard
- correct reporting of the pages that modify hash to navigate contents


New features and bug fixes in 5.0.4
- Fixed errors with some of the console.log calls left in the code
- Added access key to the walkthrough in Ghostery tools sub-menu
- Better notification on the options page when the current tracker list is already up to date
- Fixed non cached calls from options page to list updates
- Updates to the older XUL based panel: wording, styling, and added site specific unblock option
- Fixed an issue on some pages where Ghostery would cause an infinite reload
- Adding a manual simple-storage recording
- Different cookie starter that should resolve some bug report where Ghostery requests an addon to be disabled but continues to complain that its still there for cookie protection
- Fixed an issue with new trackers notification where Ghostery forgets to toggle to show new trackers


New features and bug fixes in 5.0.2
- Issue with CPU at 100% is resolved
- Built using addon-sdk
- Bug fixes, UI update and performance improvements

Version 5.0.5beta2 1.2 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 19.0 - 27.0, Firefox 19.0 and later

Ghostery 5.0.5beta2

Library totals

Bugs: 1633
Cookies/LSOs: 741

Bug fixes in 5.0.5
- introducing a much faster matching engine
- improved surrogate system
- fixed tab positions in wizard and options pages
- re-added original Ghostery shortcut (ALT + CTRL + G)
- fixed the issues with Ghostery icon staying put on the toolbars
- fixed Ghostery closing browser when options is saved and no pages are open
- removed extra dot in the wizard for Firefox on Android
- correct reporting of the pages that modify hash to navigate contents


New features and bug fixes in 5.0.4
- Fixed errors with some of the console.log calls left in the code
- Added access key to the walkthrough in Ghostery tools sub-menu
- Better notification on the options page when the current tracker list is already up to date
- Fixed non cached calls from options page to list updates
- Updates to the older XUL based panel: wording, styling, and added site specific unblock option
- Fixed an issue on some pages where Ghostery would cause an infinite reload
- Adding a manual simple-storage recording
- Different cookie starter that should resolve some bug report where Ghostery requests an addon to be disabled but continues to complain that its still there for cookie protection
- Fixed an issue with new trackers notification where Ghostery forgets to toggle to show new trackers


New features and bug fixes in 5.0.2
- Issue with CPU at 100% is resolved
- Built using addon-sdk
- Bug fixes, UI update and performance improvements

Version 5.0.5beta1 1.3 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 19.0 - 27.0, Firefox 19.0 and later

Ghostery 5.0.5beta1

Library totals

Bugs: 1619
Cookies/LSOs: 741

Bug fixes in 5.0.5
- fixed the issues with Ghostery icon staying put on the toolbars
- fixed Ghostery closing browser when options is saved and no pages are open
- removed extra dot in the wizard for Firefox on Android
- correct reporting of the pages that modify hash to navigate contents


New features and bug fixes in 5.0.4
- Fixed errors with some of the console.log calls left in the code
- Added access key to the walkthrough in Ghostery tools sub-menu
- Better notification on the options page when the current tracker list is already up to date
- Fixed non cached calls from options page to list updates
- Updates to the older XUL based panel: wording, styling, and added site specific unblock option
- Fixed an issue on some pages where Ghostery would cause an infinite reload
- Adding a manual simple-storage recording
- Different cookie starter that should resolve some bug report where Ghostery requests an addon to be disabled but continues to complain that its still there for cookie protection
- Fixed an issue with new trackers notification where Ghostery forgets to toggle to show new trackers


New features and bug fixes in 5.0.2
- Issue with CPU at 100% is resolved
- Built using addon-sdk
- Bug fixes, UI update and performance improvements

Version 5.0.4beta 1.3 MiB Works with Firefox 19.0 and later

Ghostery 5.0.4beta

Library totals

Bugs: 1598
Cookies/LSOs: 741

New features and bug fixes in 5.0.4
- Fixed errors with some of the console.log calls left in the code
- Added access key to the walkthrough in Ghostery tools sub-menu
- Better notification on the options page when the current tracker list is already up to date
- Fixed non cached calls from options page to list updates
- Updates to the older XUL based panel: wording, styling, and added site specific unblock option
- Fixed an issue on some pages where Ghostery would cause an infinite reload
- Adding a manual simple-storage recording

New features and bug fixes in 5.0.2
- Issue with CPU at 100% is resolved
- Built using addon-sdk
- Bug fixes, UI update and performance improvements

Version 5.0.2beta 1.2 MiB Works with Firefox for Android 19.0 - 26.0, Firefox 19.0 and later

Ghostery 5.0.2beta

Library totals

Bugs: 1598
Cookies/LSOs: 741

New features and bug fixes in 5.0.2
- Issue with CPU at 100% is resolved
- Built using addon-sdk
- Bug fixes, UI update and performance improvements

Version 2.9.3beta1 729.5 KiB Works with Firefox 6.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Ghostery 2.9.3beta1

Library totals

Bugs: 1365
Cookies/LSOs: 746

Bug fixes in 2.9.3
- Ghostery prevented some links (especially from emails) from opening in Firefox without proper notification. This release addresses this issue by allowing all first party requests for complete as expected

Bug fixes in 2.9.2
- Ghostery erroneously allowed certain type of content through the content policy such as CSS. This version fixes this issue
- Click-to-play for certain buttons (Pinterest, Google+, Facebook) wasn't being reported correctly when allowed once
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

Bug fixes in 2.9.1
- Added restart confirmation when switching to the new or old panel since its required
- Fixed corrupted database file

New features and bug fixes in 2.9.0
- Massively improved Ghostery panel with awesome new features like site compatibility warnings, 1-click controls, and selective tracker whitelisting.
- Faster blocking
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

Version 2.9.2beta1 736.6 KiB Works with Firefox 6.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Ghostery 2.9.2beta1

Library totals

Bugs: 1361
Cookies/LSOs: 754

Bug fixes in 2.9.2
- Ghostery erroneously allowed certain type of content through the content policy such as CSS. This version fixes this issue.

Bug fixes in 2.9.1
- Added restart confirmation when switching to the new or old panel since its required
- Fixed corrupted database file

New features and bug fixes in 2.9.0
- Massively improved Ghostery panel with awesome new features like site compatibility warnings, 1-click controls, and selective tracker whitelisting.
- Faster blocking
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

Version 2.9.0beta4 735.9 KiB Works with Firefox 6.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Ghostery 2.9.0beta4

Library totals

Bugs: 1352
Cookies/LSOs: 754

New features and bug fixes in 2.9.0
- Massively improved Ghostery panel
- More ignored schemes for faster blocking (no longer checks data, chrome, or resource URIs)
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

Version 2.8.1beta2 416.0 KiB Works with Firefox 6.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Ghostery 2.8.1

Library totals

Bugs: 1056
Cookies/LSOs: 511

New features and bug fixes in 2.8.1
- New panel UI for Ghostery.
- Fixed issue with reappearing toolbar Ghostery icon.
- Click-to-play optimization: inline replacement of common scripts like Twitter Button, Facebook Like, etc.
- Click-to-play purple box and UI box corrected listing.
- Click-to-play now toggles cookies as well as trackers when allowing through click-to-play UI.
- Removed DOM mutation scanning for this release.


Bug fixes in 2.8.0.2
- Fixed an issue where Ghostery would remove extra buttons and other stuff from iframes
- Addressed an intermittent "Unresponsive Scripts" that were triggered when Firefox would wake up from prolonged non-use.


New features and changes in v2.8
- Content policy and dom scanner now comprise a single "true" reporting engine. What that means in practice is that Ghostery will attempt to produce best possible list results by combining what content policy "saw" pass through it and what dom scanner "sees" on any given page. This will also prevent failure of either part (content policy or dom scanner) from completely shutting down Ghostery.
- Tracker priority is now in place, meaning that some of the tracker entries will now have elevated or lowered priority, with vast majority remaining "regular". The priority matters in cases where have generic matching for example: DART or OpenX and the places where a tracker is sub-tracker, for example, any privacy entry.
- Click-to-play overlays have been introduced for Brightcove, Disqus, Intense Debate, and several social buttons
- wizard has been modified slightly: now with arrows
- options/wizard have indeterminate boxes for categories that are partly selected
- Ghosty on the nav bar now behaves like Chrome release: if for any reason, the page is "unblocked" it will be gray instead of blue
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

Version 2.8beta2 417.0 KiB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Ghostery 2.8

Library totals

Bugs: 949
Cookies/LSOs: 466

New features and changes in v2.8
- Content policy and dom scanner now comprise a single "true" reporting engine. What that means in practice is that Ghostery will attempt to produce best possible list results by combining what content policy "saw" pass through it and what dom scanner "sees" on any given page. This will also prevent failure of either part (content policy or dom scanner) from completely shutting down Ghostery.
- Tracker priority is now in place, meaning that some of the tracker entries will now have elevated or lowered priority, with vast majority remaining "regular". The priority matters in cases where have generic matching for example: DART or OpenX and the places where a tracker is sub-tracker, for example, any privacy entry.
- click2play is introduced for Brightcove, Disqus, Intense Debate, and several social buttons
- wizard has been modified slightly: now with arrows
- options/wizard have indeterminate boxes for categories that are partly selected
- Ghosty on the nav bar now behaves like Chrome release: if for any reason, the page is "unblocked" it will be gray instead of blue
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

Version 2.8beta1 286.0 KiB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Ghostery 2.8

Library totals

Bugs: 949
Cookies/LSOs: 466

New features and changes in v2.8
- Content policy and dom scanner now comprise a single "true" reporting engine. What that means in practice is that Ghostery will attempt to produce best possible list results by combining what content policy "saw" pass through it and what dom scanner "sees" on any given page. This will also prevent failure of either part (content policy or dom scanner) from completely shutting down Ghostery.
- Tracker priority is now in place, meaning that some of the tracker entries will now have elevated or lowered priority, with vast majority remaining "regular". The priority matters in cases where have generic matching for example: DART or OpenX and the places where a tracker is sub-tracker, for example, any privacy entry.
- click2play is introduced for Brightcove, Disqus, and Intense Debate.
- wizard has been modified slightly: now with arrows
- options/wizard have indeterminate boxes for categories that are partly selected
- Ghosty on the nav bar now behaves like Chrome release: if for any reason, the page is "unblocked" it will be gray instead of blue
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

Version 2.7.2beta1 260.0 KiB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Ghostery 2.7.2 beta 1

Library totals

Bugs: 831
Cookies/LSOs: 425

Bug fixes in v2.7.2
- Resolved a bug that created a zombie compartment for the last scanned site
- Ghostery shortcut has been changed to CTRL + ALT + G
- Resolved an issue with the popup auto-closing on Linux machines
- Added warning and cookie blocker disabling when a colliding addon is present
- Ghostery will now remove blocked elements from DOM
- Miscellaneous UI and bug fixes.

New features and changes in v2.7
- New options and walk through wizard pages for easier understanding and consumption
- Application and company info built into Ghostery options
- General file, defaults and variable cleanup
- Secure library update pages have been enabled
- Library update notification toggles
- Miscellaneous bug fixes