The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced the release of its security centric browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome, Privacy Badger beta. The Privacy Badger Beta is now out for download and testing, nearly three months after its alpha build was released.
“Widgets that say ‘Like this page on Facebook’ or ‘Tweet this’ often allow those companies to see what webpages you are visiting, even if you never click the widget’s button. The Privacy Badger alpha would identify that, and block those widgets outright. But now Privacy Badger’s beta version has gotten smarter: it can block the tracking while still giving you the option to see and click on those buttons if you so choose.” the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s release announcement quotes. According to makers, the Privacy Badger extension is “designed to stop advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.” The extension requires no configuration, just an instal and it’s good to go.
The extension necessarily indicates the scheme of affairs by colour-coding domains. In this way it allows users to find out which domain (cookie) is tracking their online activity. A red colour indicates a tracker, that is immediately blocked by Privacy Badger. Meanwhile, yellow indicates the extension has been allowed because the domain is necessary for the functioning of the page the user is currently on. While, green indicates the domain is safe and a non-tracker.