TheNextWeb | 05.18.15

You should be using these browser extensions to keep yourself safe online

By Owen Williams

The invention of the internet made it easy to do amazing things online, like buying junk in a single click, but unfortunately that also came with consequences, like companies being able track your every move as you browse.

You might not know it, but every website you visit is using one or more “trackers” to follow your browsing habits around the Web and learn more about you — usually as a means to show you advertising or learn about your lifestyle.

Some of those trackers seem far more innocent on the surface than they really are. For example, Facebook and Twitter’s social sharing icons are great for quickly sharing a link, but they’re also quietly tracking every site you visit that uses them.

You can protect yourself against tracking and increase your security online just by using a few extensions in your browser. Here are the ones you should try out today.

This is my must-have extension; it automatically blocks third-party scripts used for tracking you, like Google Analytics, Intercom, social sharing buttons and more.

Disconnect displays a small number next to its icon to let you know how many scripts have been blocked and you’re able to get a visual overview of how many scripts tried to quietly load in the background.

It’s a good way to see what’s under the hood of who’s following you around the Web. And yes, you might be shocked by how many trackers some sites use actively.

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