These Chrome extensions help against online tracking

Almost every website you visit will track you and try to match your browsing history with your interests, allowing for targeted advertising. These Chrome extensions can help you avoid that as they can help with online tracking.

If you want to get an idea of ​​how you are tracked on the internet, please take a moment to read how websites deal with your cookies (and if possible, turn off as many cookies as possible). This way you know better what data a site collects about you and what is subsequently done with it. Browser are becoming more and more active when it comes to blocking cookies and trackers. Apple’s Safari is increasingly relying on it, Mozilla’s Firefox has been doing so since 2018 and Google Chrome will not start using it until 2022. For users of that browser, we have some useful extensions that you can now download from the Chrome Web Store can help against online tracking.

Privacy Badger

The Privacy Badger was created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to digital rights that was founded in 1990 and is belligerent. The Privacy Badger checks all elements of web pages you visit. The moment the tracker encounters the same elements on other sites, Google Chrome receives a signal that those parts should not be loaded. No list of blocked content is maintained; instead, it looks ad hoc at what is needed. Over time, the plug-in will become more and more powerful. You can see exactly which trackers are blocked. You can also determine whether or not you want to allow certain elements.


DuckDuckGo has become a popular alternative to the Google search engine. The company behind this search engine does not collect user data and has invested a lot in online privacy in general in the past. The company’s Privacy Essentials extension blocks hidden trackers and shows which ad networks are following you. In addition, you will see a score of the privacy policy of many websites and you can perform searches without being tracked. DuckDuckGo has a number of other products, such as a separate browser for mobile devices.


Also Ghostery keeps a list of blocked trackers. That also applies to the site elements that take a long time to load. In principle, the Chrome extension is completely free to use, but you can also go for a paid version. That paid subscription, which costs $ 49 per month, offers comprehensive insight into all trackers and can be used for analysis and research. This extension is also available for Opera, Edge and Firefox.

Adblock Plus

Most famous plugin in this article is undoubtedly Adblock Plus. It is a widely used plugin that blocks all kinds of ads. Unfortunately, this plug-in can also prevent certain elements of a website from loading, whether they are advertisements or not. It is also good to know that Adblock Plus is registered with the Acceptable Ads project. Ads that are not very annoying can still be displayed (but you can also turn this off). Also these extensions blocks trackers and social media buttons. Firefox, Safari, Edge, Yandex and Opera also offer this extension.


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