Ghostery

Ever since Apple announced ad-blocking as a feature in iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan, I have read way too many articles on how websites (especially blogs & news) have tons of ads installed and how these ads track you without your consent. 

Here is a beautiful article from Marco Armet where he talks about the ethics of ad-blocking

I recently started using Ghostery on my computers, and a simple homemade iOS content blocker that I may release for iOS 9’s launch. The web performance improvements with these are staggering, and the reports of quite how much Ghostery is blocking on most pages is shocking and disgusting.

I have been using Ghostery for the last few weeks and the results have been amazing. One thing that I immediately noticed was all the blogging and news website now load extremely quick. When you load a site, Ghostery shows the number of scripts it blocked for you and you have a chance to unblock any script that you did like. 

Recently Macworld published an article on Ghostery:

Some will say this is just part of using the Web. But if, like me, you’d rather not make it so easy for companies to build a profile of your ‘net activity—or if you’d at least like to be able to know when that activity is being tracked—check out Ghostery, a Safari extension (also available for Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer). With Ghostery installed, whenever you visit a Web page that uses such tricks to track, you’ll briefly see a box listing all the services that are tracking your visit to that page.

And when I was reading this, I eyeballed the number of scripts blocked on Macworld; 24 scripts!