Let’s see how Privacy Badger helps you.
The Digital era is so dangerous that it can harm every internet user from the back. Most people don’t know the reality of privacy or they don’t care about this. Web technology is making progress every day, so the bad eyes too. Many tracking and harmful programs are being implemented on the web page by the web developer. Every time you go through the browser and search anything, background scripts or programs of web page catch your presence and stores it somewhere far from you. Sometimes these malicious scripts and annoying ads target your device and harm your privacy.
Every web browser has an embedded platform to install a helpful plugin and make the web surfing experience better. Thanks to third party developers and companies for providing an ample amount of free plugins. Privacy Badger is one of the plugins which truly cares about internet users’ privacy.
Electronic Frontier Foundation Technologists designed the privacy badger and it is available on Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Opera browsers. You are just one step away from securing privacy. It doesn’t cost anything even no sign-in is required and freely available for everyone. Just put your effort to install it and save your hand from bad eyes. Before that, let’s understand about third-party trackers.
- What are Third-Party Trackers?
- What is Privacy Badger?
- How Privacy Badger Works?
- How Use Privacy Badger in the Browsers?
- Privacy & Security Settings
- Take Back Your Data
- Double Layer Protection
- Why doesn’t Privacy Badger block all ads?
- Does Privacy Badger prevent fingerprinting?
- How is Privacy Badger different from Other Extensions?
What are Third-Party Trackers?
The website owners are providing good content to viewers and doing really tough job to bring everything to the place. They need something in exchange that can help them financially. So they use advertisements on their web page. When you visit a web page, many things happen in the background. Parts of a web page requires additional codes and cookies for proper functioning
Also, Read DNS Leak Fix.
What is Privacy Badger?
Privacy Badger is a privacy protection tool based on browser add-on and does some good stuff. Some third-party advertisers and trackers believe in data collection and tracking of the web pages you visit. But privacy badger is completely against. It mainly blocks them from digging your secrets.
Privacy Badger is enough intelligent to understand the behavior and pattern of advertisers. If an advertiser tracks you at multiple websites and it doesn’t have your permission either, Privacy Badger does the job by blocking it and doesn’t allow loading of ads anymore.
How Privacy Badger Works?
Just google or go to your web browser’s store to install a privacy badger. Once installed, it will start learning the behaviors of ads and tracking scripts. For example, if you are running a web page of technology-related content then it will show ads on the latest gadgets. Privacy Badger keeps track of all these things. However, if the above patterns found on multiple sites you visit, then it instructs browsers to disallow them and not to load content from that source. By doing so, that source can no longer track you.
Some domain embed images, scripts, advertising, and other tracking methods in the web page. When you visit that page, the privacy badger keeps attention on and looks for cookies and supercookies (enough to identify the users) and scripts that can share data through fingerprinting techniques.
Every social media like and big firms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter have their own trackers. This is simply designed to interact with users to involve them in the selling-purchasing business. This happens when you click on the ads link and leave the website allowing them to understand what adverts interest you. However, Privacy Badger also stops them from tracking.
This is how privacy badger cares about you and your browsing patterns and behavior. Even more, it also guards you against WebRTC leak and pinging techniques.
How Use Privacy Badger in the Browsers?
As discussed earlier, you have the option to install it in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Opera browsers. One thing to note here, your Microsoft Edge browser must be updated for any of the channels like Beta, Dev, and Canary, then you can only install it. The rest of the thing is as easy as doing nothing.
Never underestimate how much the browsers are powerful. After you hit the install button, the browser warns that Privacy Badger can “read and change all your data on the websites you visit”. It is ok and right to be alarmed. You should only install trusted plugins only. All these permissions are required for the Privacy Badger to fully functional.
After installation, head towards any webpage you want to check. I have installed it in Firefox which is also a privacy-focused browser, so let’s get maximum security.
To check whether Privacy Badger is enough able to hunt down the trackers, I visited TechRadar.com which is well known for containing a lot of trackers and ads. In the top right corner of the screenshot, you can find 45 trackers that are blocked by Privacy Badger.
You can also see that each tracker has lots of sources from different domains. You have full control to block and unblock the trackers, just move the slider to any of the sides. Though it can degrade the web performance which you don’t want.
Privacy Badger works in three modes and has assigned flags to each based on blocking capability. If you move the slider left side, domains will be blocked completely. If you move the slider to the middle, all cookies will be blocked. Finally, move the slider to the right to unblock the domains.
Red Flag indicates that all listed domains have been blocked completely. However, you can unblock it by moving the slider to the right side.
For web page functionality, some third party domains are required. So they are allowed to appear but their cookies are blocked. The slider is set to center automatically and is flagged as yellow.
Privacy Badger is designed by human only, it may take time to learn. Some domains are not blocked by PB as it may appear to new or PB is yet to learn their behavior. So they are flagged as green with the slider at the right.
Privacy Badger blocks the only domain required for web page performance and privacy. It has enough intelligence to do that. Don’t just play with the slider otherwise you may break down the pages.
However, if you think it has not done the job very well, then you can take control back. Pick any of the domains and check with a slider. Move the slider to any of the directions to see the web page performance.
Disable the Privacy Badger if your favorite website has nothing to do with trackers or ads otherwise you may feel uncomfortable while opening it.
Privacy & Security Settings
Privacy Badger not only do the things by itself but has given the option to customize privacy and security. Click on the big setting icon and you will be treated with various security options. The setting has five menu options but we are very much concerned with the General Settings option only.
Click on the “Do Not Track” option to send the signal to websites to not track you. If the domain of the website complies with the policy of Electronic Frontier Foundation Technologists, then the website will not track you.
You can also ask Privacy Badger to inform you about tracking free domains. To do so, just click on the box.
WebRTC leak is another problem in all browsers except Safari, you can Prevent WebRTC from leaking local IP addresses just by clicking in the box. To prevent Public IP addresses, read here.
If you don’t want Privacy Badger’s interference on your favorite streaming website or any website you like, no problem. It has settings for you. Just put your website name under the add domain box and click on save. Next time you visit that site, Privacy Badger will do nothing there. Meaning it will not block any tracker on that website.
Take Back Your Data
No one wants to keep private data away. It is up to Also, Privacy Badger does not believe in processing your data without the proper concern that’s why the plugin has the option to wipe out all the data or export it to any safe place. Data includes general settings, lists of disabled sites, and information about what trackers Privacy Badger has seen.
If you feel comfortable with Privacy Badger and want to bring the settings back then at a later time, you can again import the exported data which is in JASON format. When it comes to storing the data, a hard disk is a better option. However the harddisk can crash any time or you may lose your Pendrive, so better to synchronize all the data with Cloud Sync.
Double Layer Protection
Privacy Badger is completely a privacy protection tool, yet it does some extra jobs by blocking ads. In Firefox, Opera, and Brave browser you don’t require any ad blocker plugins as the inbuilt feature is sufficient enough to block the ads. If you are using Privacy Badger with these browsers, then you are already getting the benefits of double-layer protection.
In the Chrome browser, you need to install a third-party ad blocker plugin to blocks the ad completely. Adblocker by Trustnav is excellent in blocking the ads. Install this adblocker plugin also along with Privacy Badger. When you enter the web page both plugins will do an excellent job. Adblocker will block the ads completely whereas Privacy Badger will stop trackers in the background making the web surfing experience better for you.
Why doesn’t Privacy Badger block all ads?
As discussed earlier, Privacy Badger is a privacy protection tool, not a complete adblocker. It does block some basic ads and the reason is not to hurt website owners. Advertisements are one of the main methods to get financial support for the website. Try a third-party adblocker to block the ads from appearing on the web page. If you do so, some websites may not allow reading the contents until you remove the adblockers.
Does Privacy Badger prevent fingerprinting?
Browser Fingerprinting is not a new term but recently gains popularity on the internet. Keaton Mowery and Hovav Shacham discovered it first using the HTM5 Canvas element. The primary purpose of Browser Fingerprinting is security and is capable of identifying individual users based on their browser and device settings.
When you install any browsers, it gathers information about the device. The information includes your screen resolution, operating system, location, and language settings. This helps browsers to display websites correctly.
Privacy Badger detects HTML5 canvas elements-based fingerprinting in the browsers. So it blocks third party domains from using it. Once a domain is blocked, it is no longer to fingerprint your device data.
How is Privacy Badger different from Other Extensions?
Various privacy and ad blocker related plugins are available on the web-store of browsers. Some of them are pretty good and functionality is excellent. For example Disconnect, Ghostery, AdBlocker by Trustnav, and other plugins are available, but none of them perform more tasks than Privacy Badger. A plugin or extension should be like which can do the job by itself and doesn’t require or least requires manual configuration. Privacy Browser is born out of that desire only.
All other mentioned plugins require extra settings and configuration to guard your privacy and if you are not well at this, you may make mistakes. Privacy Badger is designed in such a way that it will customize the settings while learning itself the behavior of webpage and browsers.
It is very easy to install a plugin or extensions, but finding the best privacy plugin is very hard. Privacy Badger is good enough for all your browsing stuff. It does things automatically and guards your privacy which is unique and best in class features.
Move the slider and control the trackers to degrade or upgrade the web page performance, it is up to you. In addition, also control how social trackers should follow you. If you don’t want anyone to follow you, move the slider to the left side.
Also, customize the settings to prevent WebRTC leak and send “Do Not Track” Signals to the website. Use AdBlocker by Trustnav or other adblocker plugins with Privacy Badger to get a double layer of privacy.