PrivDog - Is a plugin for Chrome, Firefox and ( in a future version ) Internet Explorer ( if anyone out there still uses it )
It does everything Ghostery used to ( so replace that with this if you use it ) it goes a few extra miles and also stops malvertisements ( a bit less harsh a solution than Adblock or using a hosts file, it gives advertising a chance whilst stopping the bad of advertising )
Its very new ( publicly released yesterday I think )
Its owned by Comodo's CEO Melih ( you will see they have made a new startup AdTrustMedia to support it )
So if you used Ghostery before ( which was sold to Better Advertising / Evidon and became controversial itself ) this is at least no worse in that regard, but better functionally in its purview.
If anyone missed the 188.8.131.52 version, it was recommended in that topic to use the newest installer to resolve some auto update problems from the initial release
After using that installer ( or this new one if you missed the previous one ), Chrome and Firefox browsers should going forward auto update the plugin when the browser is loaded ( Check the version of the plugin in your browsers Extensions / Plugins lists ) ..
( The download button now takes you to CNET site for the actual download, because of some browsers regarding the download direct from its own site as a false positive potential malware .. Sigh, I cant say CNET is the most trustworthy of sites these days, but the download from there checks out okay for me ).
The new installer has a few more improvements over previous ones ..
Added Multiple configuration support. Added Improved Exclusion list regular expression checking. Added numerous efficiency improvements Fixed: Bug where ProductVersion is wrong in RegEdit Fixed Bug where FF does not UnInstall the plugin after autoupdate Fixed Bug where the plugin does not work if we start IceDragone in first time Fixed Bug where the text is wrong in the options panel Fixed Bug where the text is wrong in pop-up menu Fixed Bug where the extension is not UnInstalled from the Chrome and Dragon Fixed Bug where the plugin is disabled after autoupdate Fixed Bug where "Ad Networks: N sanitized" is shown if change mode to block from prefs page
adblock and do not track me meet my needs sufficiently
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No I dont work for them, nor am I associated with them in any way, and I do not stand to gain financially in any way.
Like users of Spybot many years ago, I am spreading the word because I think it is a good idea.
Same as fans of AdBlock will recommend its use to anyone who cares to listen.
I think Do Not Track is blatantly being ignored by all advertisers at the moment because there has been no precedent case forcing them to comply with it.
Previously I have used MVPS Hosts file ( which does the same for ALL your machines communications with the outside world .. Not just your browser as is the case with AdBlock )
The main reason I used that was because it not only provided a more comrprehensive list of URLs to block than Adblock, but stopped many potential exploits of your machine.
To me malvertisements, and security threats via poorly controlled third parties or MITM attacks via ads, are the number one reason to block them.
Blocking them wholesale though is lessening the profit potential for businesses across the internet.
Before MVPS Hosts file I used to use Adblock myself too, purely because blocking them wholesale was the only method of ensuring no threats could communicate with your machine and potentially get any hooks in your system.
The idea of PrivDog is to let clean ads through, replace the ones that are not clean, and block a heap of potential exploits.
This way you negate the threats, but give genuine / responsible business a chance to thrive.
Which in turn means free sites for us all, minus malware. Site owners who give space to third parties which get replaced by PrivDogs clean ads still get paid if they register with Comodo = Everyone gains.
You do not have to use it if you do not wish to, that is your choice.