Everyone is concerned about privacy and security online, and online tracking is a problem that has worried internet net users for many years. However, here's five free downloads to help you discover what info (if any is being tracked) while the others can help you erase the data and prevent yourself from being snooped on in the future.
Ghostery is a browser extension that is available for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari that can be used to discover exactly what information particular web sites are tracking about you and back control.
The add-on reveals all of the tracking features that can be hidden in the pages you visit and identifies the companies responsible for them. You are then equipped with the information you need to conduct online research about the companies in question and discover more about their privacy policies and how they use the information they track.
Web Browsers Traces Eraser 126.96.36.199
Web Browsers Traces Eraser provides an easy way to clear your internet history, cookies, cached files and more.
There are plenty of tools around that promise they can do something similar, but Web Browsers Traces Eraser is different. It doesn't just support a few of the main browsers, for instance: it works with IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Comodo Dragon, K-Meleon, Lunascape, Netscape, Pale Moon, QtWeb, SeaMonkey, SRWare Iron and more.
Adblock Plus for Chrome 1.1.1
Adblock Plus is a Chrome add-on that not only makes ads disappear but also offers more than 40 filters for many specific purposes including to protect you from privacy risks as well as keeping you safe from known malware domains, and even a blacklist for known Rickrolling pages (no, really...).
CyberGhost VPN 2011
When browsing the internet, it is all too easy to leave a trail of information behind you that can reveal your identity. Another problem arises when access to certain web sites or services is blocked because your computer's IP address reveals which country you are located in.
With CyberGhost installed, all web traffic is routed through an anonymised web server – all you need to do to get started is to sign up for an account. After restarting your computer, you will be invited to connect to a VPN server before browsing the internet as normal.
iPhone Tracker 1.0
The iPhone Tracker is a simple Mac OS X application that maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements. So despite the name, it doesn't actually track or record anything itself: it only extracts information from files that already exist on your computer.
To try this, you'll need to run the program on an OS X system that you regularly sync with an iPhone (or an iPad with a 3G plan).