Even some of my most frequently used web sites, like google search, youtube and Dutch news websites are getting on my nerves. To give you an example; yesterday I noticed that youtube served Scientology advertisements in between songs I was listening. Since I decided that it was time to take back control of the web.
Lots of website have tracking scripts to monitor you, they place it in 1×1 pixel images, hide it in the background etc. You can’t take forever to filter this out manually, so therefore I’ve listed two must have Firefox add-ons:
Ghostery sees the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.
Some additional tips:
Disable unused / unsafe firefox add-ons i.e. toolbars
Install a smart proxy to filter adds like Privoxy – http://www.privoxy.org/