The term, “20-20” usually refers to perfect vision. But version 188.8.131.52 of Ghost Browser ironically means the opposite. From this version on, we’ve implemented some advanced privacy features that are intended to cloud the vision of people that might be trying to track you.
Cookies and IP addresses have been used to track your usage of the Internet almost since the beginning. But there are a lot of more advanced techniques that can be used to track you. And they are used by ad networks, social media sites and a countless number of companies and institutions.
We would like for you to be able to browse the web with all of this tracking turned off. It’s important for privacy but also for practical reasons like managing social media accounts or spot checking ads.
So today were releasing several features that support your ability to not only browse the web privately but to do it in a way that you appear to be coming from multiple computers at once.
New Privacy Features
In this release we have implemented 4 key anti-tracking mechanisms that you can toggle on or off. They are located in your browser settings under the privacy tab. (Menu–>Settings–>Advanced–>Privacy). You can always go to your settings and do a search on the setting name too.
Some of the settings turn off features that you may want turned on sometimes so be sure to review the privacy setting descriptions on our blog before changing any of these settings.
The new settings allow you to:
- Spoof scaling of fonts to prevent font fingerprinting.
- Fully prevent WebRTC leaks – not just IP address but also hiding your media device IDs.
- Disable WebGL to prevent fingerprinting of your device.
- Prevent HTML5 Canvas Fingerprinting by injecting noise into attempts to track you through this method.
We recommend using the Browser Leaks web site to test your installation against these and other fingerprinting and tracking methods.
Existing Features with Improved Privacy Protections
We also launched Identities today. Identities are a new take on Sessions and are the answer for anyone wondering how to create isolated browser personas with confidence. They are a productivity feature that we’ve covered in a different post, but they also have privacy implications that are worth mentioning here.
Identities are like Sessions – they isolate your cookie jars in color-coded tabs and allow you to assign a different IP address to each set of colored tabs. But unlike Sessions, Identities have permanent cookie jars and settings so that even if you close all the tabs within an Identity, the cookies and proxy connection preferences you set for that Identity in Ghost Proxy Control will persist.
So any time you open a tab into an identity, you can be confident that the cookies that were there before are still there and you’ll connect through the same IP address.
This means you wont cross browsing sessions or accidentally access a site from the same account on two IP addresses or two accounts on the same IP address.