In­stall Ghostery

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1 UP­DATE WIN­DOWS 10

Ghostery needs the most re­cent ver­sion of Win­dows to work. Save and close any open files and back up your data if pos­si­ble. Next, click the search but­ton at the bot­tom left of your desk­top, then en­ter Win­dows 10 Up­grade As­sis­tant. Click the desk­top app to open. Click Yes to con­firm that you wish to open the app, then ‘Up­date Now’ to be­gin up­grad­ing your sys­tem.

2 VISIT THE GHOSTERY WEB­SITE

Once the up­date is com­plete, open Mi­crosoft Edge and visit www.ghostery.org. Hover your mouse over ‘Our So­lu­tions’ and click on ‘Ghostery Browser Ex­ten­sion’. A new screen will ap­pear list­ing var­i­ous web browsers. Scroll down un­til you see Mi­crosoft Edge. Click ‘Add to Edge’ and the Mi­crosoft Store will open. Quit Mi­crosoft Edge, then click the but­ton marked ‘Free’ to in­stall.

3 BE­GIN GHOSTERY DOWN­LOAD

At this stage Ghostery may ask you to con­firm your date of birth and re­gion. En­ter this and click Next. The Mi­crosoft Store will say ‘Ac­quir­ing Li­cence’, then Down­load­ing. The Ghostery ex­ten­sion is small (0.1MB) so this won’t take long. Fi­nally the Store will tell you that the prod­uct has been in­stalled. The but­ton be­low the Ghostery logo will now read ‘Launch’. Click this to open Edge.

4 WEL­COME TO GHOSTERY

A no­ti­fi­ca­tion will ap­pear at the top right ex­plain­ing that Ghostery has been in­stalled. You still need to ac­ti­vate it, so click ‘Turn it on’. You’ll now see a ‘Wel­come to Ghostery’ splash screen when Ghostery will ask you if you wish to share data about trackers you en­counter while brows­ing. This is op­tional but help­ful to de­tect new threats. Choose Yes or No as you see fit.

5 CRE­ATE AN AC­COUNT

Ghostery now displays the ‘Cre­ate an Ac­count’ win­dow. You don’t have to do this but it al­lows ac­cess to ex­tra fea­tures, such as sync­ing set­tings across your de­vices. You’re also al­lowed one free track­ermap scan per month to help you lo­cate com­pa­nies that are track­ing you across the In­ter­net. If you don’t want to cre­ate an ac­count right now then click ‘Maybe later, let’s get started’.

6 CHOOSE YOUR TRACKER OP­TIONS

Ghostery will next launch the main Tracker Op­tions win­dow. Scroll down to see var­i­ous types of trackers which Ghostery can de­tect such as Ad­ver­tis­ing and So­cial Me­dia. The eas­i­est op­tion for now is just to click ‘Block All’ to ban all trackers. If this causes is­sues later, you can re­turn to this screen by click­ing on the More op­tion in the Ghostery Box and then ‘Ad­vanced Block­ing’.

7 CHOOSE WHAT TO BLOCK

Click on the word Gen­eral next to Block­ing Op­tions. Most of th­ese op­tions can be left ticked. How­ever you may wish to scroll down to the Pur­ple Box sec­tion. By de­fault Ghostery displays a small box for a short time when you visit a new site list­ing all the trackers that have been blocked. You can switch this off or change the du­ra­tion (de­fault is 15 sec­onds) and po­si­tion of the box here.

8 CON­FIG­URE TRUSTED SITES

Although you can visit sites in­di­vid­u­ally and click Ghostery’s Trust Site but­ton, it’s eas­ier to set this up here. Click the ‘ Trusted Sites’ op­tion at the top of the page. Once it loads, en­ter the name of the web­site in the white bar at the top, then click on the green + but­ton. Re­peat for any web­sites you fully trust. Hover over a web­site and click the X to re­move it from this list at any time.

9 TEST PI­LOT GHOSTERY

Once Ghostery has been set up. Click the ad­dress bar at the top and visit a so­cial me­dia or news site to check that ev­ery­thing is in or­der. If the pur­ple box doesn’t ap­pear click the el­lip­sis (…) but­ton at the top right of the Edge win­dow then Ghostery App to view any blocked trackers. You can en­able in­di­vid­ual trackers here or choose to trust the en­tire site, al­low­ing all cook­ies.

10 IN­STALL AN AD BLOCKER

Although Ghostery can pre­vent web­sites from track­ing you, it can’t stop all pop-up ads or those an­noy­ing ads that load when you’re try­ing to watch YouTube. For­tu­nately Ad­block Plus is also avail­able for Mi­crosoft Edge. Open the Mi­crosoft Store and search for its name, then in­stall. This re­duces the chance that you’ll in­ad­ver­tently click a link and down­load mal­ware.

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