Privacy Badger

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Tool and Usage

Project details
LicensesGPLv3, Multi-license
Programming languageJavaScript
Latest releaserelease-2019.10.8 []

Project health

100
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Why this tool?

Privacy Badger provides protection against website visitor trackers. These trackers come in the form of beacons or invisible pixels and have the goal to collect information about the browser. This data is often shared by third parties and used to create a profile of a particular browser. As minor differences for each user may lead to an individual user, these third parties may even link some of the data to the related individual. Tools like Privacy Badger do not provide guarantees that they block everything, yet can decrease the amount of data greatly.

How it works

Privacy Badger runs as an extension on Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. It reviews requested web pages and disarms them by blocking requests or replace content. These requests could be to addresses that are known for spying and tracking, including web beacons. Privacy Badger can also disable WebRTC, which can reveal internal IP addresses.

Usage and audience

Privacy Badger is commonly used for privacy enhancement. Target users for this tool are general public.

Features

  • Available as browser extension

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:

Strengths

  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Supported by a large company
  • + Well-known tool

Weaknesses

  • - Many provided pull requests are still open

Author and Maintainers

Supporting company

This project is maintained by Electronic Frontier Foundation

Installation

Supported operating systems

Privacy Badger is known to work on all platforms.

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Related tool information

Definitions

WVT
Website visitor tracking (WVT) is a method to attempt tracking individual visitors to a website. Using a combination of invisible pixels, cookies, and browser fingerprinting, data is gathered and stored. This data can reveal information about previously visited websites, preferences, or other sensitive information. Privacy enhancing tools can be used to limit website visitor tracking.

Categories

This tool is categorized as a anti-tracking tool and privacy tool.