Browser Fingerprint

Your web browser sends information about your computer platform, timezone, screen size, and many other details that advertisers use to track you. Plug these data points into a database and perform some analysis and your identity can be tracked and possibly forecasted. Health Websites track your queries when you search on your medical symptoms.

The tools listed below should not all be used at the same time, usually one or two is sufficient. Simply downloading all of them in the same browser is not the goal.

Privacy Badger blocks certain ads while NoScript and uBblock Origin require configuration for all the types of scripts and ads to be blocked. The list below goes from simple and automatic to more complex and manual.

Unfortunately, even ad blockers and browser extensions designed to protect the user are not 100% secure. There are so many ways to track a user according to a new report . But something is better than nothing.

Don't Trust

Ghostery, a popular ad blocker has been selling data to advertisers. User beware! Here is a study on ad blocker software. Ad Blocker Plus was caught doing the same thing years ago, selling data to Microsoft, Amazon and Google.

Website owners and companies use services that can record your screen for analytics and to see how customers use their website. But that also means they could capture you entering passwords or confidential information! Check out this list of sites that have session replay scripts . There really isn't anything you can do about this unfortunately!

Double Check

Finding Your Fingerprint

Use the tools to the right to see what details your browser shares or leaks to the websites you visit. You don't need to understand everything, but at least you can see behind the scenes how things work.

Privacy Badger

Free

Desktop

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a leader in tech security and privacy. They built Privacy Badget to track your web searching and block ads that track you. Specfically, it blocks trackers that do not respect the Do Not Track http header.

Check out the homepage for detailed information . Follow on Twitter for updates.

  • Works In Firefox, Chrome, Opera
  • Blocks Tracking Ads
  • Updated Frequently

Enfore HTTPS Everywhere

Free

Desktop

HTTPS is simply regular old HTTP but encrypted. It is a new standard being widely adopted but not all sites use it . Typically, the browser toolbar will show an icon showing if it is HTTPS or not.

A collboration from the EFF and the TOR project, HTTPS Everywhere finds and fixes unencrypted links and content to use HTTPS.

  • Works In Firefox, Chrome, Opera
  • Updated Frequently

uBlock Origin

Free

Desktop

uBlock Origin is a trusted tool used by privacy minded inviduals. It's also more than just an 'Ad Blocker', it can block scripts, zap annoying elements on a page, and whitelist certain webpages.

It is a more advanced tool that requires some learning and configuration, but works right of the box as an adblocker. It has a visual pop out box that displays all the scripts and trackers for each webpage and site. It's refreshing to see how the code behind the scenes is working, it's also scary how much stuff is tracking you!

uBlock has been field tested and improved to combat ad blocking. There site contains much information about ad blocking and how it all works. Click on the links below to school up on this awesome tool!

  • Works In Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Updated Frequently
  • More Than Just an Ad Blocker
  • Advanced Features

No Script

Free

Desktop

NoScript is another advanced tool that requires some configuration and reading. Even Edward Snowden supports this tool according to the projects website .

It is similiar to uBlock Origin, indeed you would need to make a choice to use one or the other , not both.

  • Firefox Only
  • Protects Against Cross Site Scripting
  • Prevents Clickjacking
  • Advanced Features

Cookie AutoDelete

Free

Desktop

Cookie AutoDelete automatically clears out cookies once you have closed a tab. It automates the process instead of you having to do it manually. You can do this from the browser menu bar easily and set custom settings for cookie deletion. You can also Whitelist/Greylist for certain cookies or websites.

  • Chrome and Firefox
  • Custom Settings for Cookie Deletion
  • Automates Cookie Deletion!

Decentral Eyes

Free

Desktop

Many of the scripts served on websites are hosted on CDN's or Content Delivery Networks that aim to increase speed and performance. When the browser sends a request to the CDN asking for the file, it also sends an HTTP Referer header, which reveals the page you are on.

Instead of loading third party javascript files, Decentral Eyes will provide the script from its files thus preventing this data leak.

  • Works on Firefox, Opera and Chrome
  • Works Out of the Box!
  • Protects Against CDN Tracking
  • Compliments Other Ad Blockers

Disconnect

Free and Paid Options

Desktop & Mobile

A New York Times Privacy tool pick for the past few years, Disconnect offers a free basic ad tracker and paid options that include a VPN and multiple device integration. It is very straightforward to use for the non-technical and shows how much bandwidth you save when ads are blocked.

  • Works in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Android and iOS
  • Ad Blocker
  • Prevents Clickjacking
  • Advanced Features

Track Off

Paid

Desktop & Mobile

Track Off aims to be a one stop shop for all browser security needs. There are lots of cool features that are combined from the above the tools.

It does cost money but is not expensive. It is perfect for the set it and forget non-technical user, it looks to be a solid product. It offers a user-friendly dashboard UI unlike most browser tools.

  • Works in Most Browsers
  • Reduces Browser Fingerprint
  • VPN
  • Dashboard UI That Displays Threats

Kameleo

Paid

Desktop

Kameleo is a relatively new tool and aims to be a fingerprint eraser above and beyond the rest of the pack. The website says it uses virtual profiles to hide your fingerpint in addition to many advanced techniques. Looks intersting, but is very expensive.

  • Windows Based
  • Advanced Finperprinting Reduction
  • Expensive