If there is one thing we are all tired of, it is being constantly tracked and spied on while we are browsing the Internet. With this in mind, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been hard at work on an extension for Firefox and Chrome that helps put an end to the unwanted attention so that you can browse in peace.

When you visit the Privacy Badger extension home page, you can read through an informative set of FAQs with plenty of details about what the extension does and what sets it apart from other extension favorites like Disconnect, Adblock Plus, and Ghostery.

Once you install the extension, you will see a ‘first run’ page displayed with an explanation of how the extension works. Here is an excerpt:

This extension is designed to automatically protect your privacy from third party trackers that load invisibly when you browse the web. We send the Do Not Track header with each request, and our extension evaluates the likelihood that you are still being tracked. If the algorithm deems the likelihood is too high, we automatically block your request from being sent to the domain. Please understand that Privacy Badger is in beta, and the algorithm’s determination is not conclusive that the domain is tracking you.

Our extension has three states. Red means Privacy Badger believes this domain is a tracker, and has blocked it. Yellow means the domain is believed to be both a tracker and necessary for the functioning of the page, so Privacy Badger is allowing it but blocking its cookies. Green means that Privacy Badger believes this is not tracker. You can click on the Privacy Badger icon in your browser’s toolbar if you wish to override the automatic blocking settings. Or, you can browse in peace as Privacy Badger starts finding and eating up web trackers one by one.

The extension home page can be accessed via the Firefox installation link shown below.

Install the Privacy Badger Extension for Mozilla Firefox [Electronic Frontier Foundation]

Install the Privacy Badger Extension for Google Chrome [Chrome Web Store] Note: The screenshot shown here has an example with all three ‘tracking level’ colors displayed.

[via BetaNews]

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