01-09-2011 | Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article
Twitter recently started monitoring everything logged in users do on the web so that they can get "more relevant" followers. Facebook does this for a long time nowdays via their like buttons (even non-logged in users) and I think google also has a big share in this. I don't like that, so I try to block it mostly. The purpose of this article is to inform you about chrome extensions that help you block these things. (I'm not going in to the fact that chrome is a google product, who knows how they monitor me that way. I btw use chromium, the open-source version, but this all should also work on the normal chrome) So lets kick off! I want to note that there are some extensions that are doing the same thing. I do not think it is bad for chrome, I've not noticed any stupid side-effects of it.
AdBlock blocks all advertisements, and it has no configuration. I've whitelisted a lot of open source related websites, but most of the sites have huge and disturbing ads which I absolutely hate. LINK
Disconnect blocks tracking by sites like Digg, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Google. It also depersonalizes searches by disabling identifying cookies and you can see in real time what is blocked and what not. LINK
Does what the name says, blocks all third-party traffic to facebook, but lets you use facebook normally. LINK
Also a tracking blocker. Has a lot of options, but the GUI config seems a little cluttered to me. You need to read some things two times, but it works. LINK
This is a nice one. Also block a lot of things, but was started as an informative tool. It has a nice alert bubble (which can be turned off) to show you how you are tracked on the websites you visit. Has a special feature, Ghostrank, to collect anonymous data on which websites track you with what. LINK
This is an official google extension, simply blocks the google analytics service. No other statistic services, just google. I mainly use this so that my own visits to my websites are not counted in analytics. LINK
This is also an important one, it helps you use HTTPS on a lot of websites. Just so that you are less likely to get a man-in-the-middle attack. I used to use KB SSL Enforcer, but that sometimes gives errors on websites that have no SSL site, but do have SSL enabled. (a lot of PLESK websites have that.) Just install and forget about it, but you are more safer on public wifi, or other networks where you may be monitored. LINK
LINK. This is what I used before the handy ad block extensions. It blocks ads, and a lot of unsafe and malicious websites. It is a little more tricky to setup, but for the Win platform they provide a nice .bat script. On a Linux platform you have to add the contents to the /etc/hosts file.