Our development team began work on the next Ghostery release as soon as v2.03 was out of the gate. We have packed in some significant, new features and are now ready to widen the circle of test users.
Included in our beta version of v2.1:
• Detection of web bugs embedded in iFrame page elements and IMG tags
Note: Deletion of iFrame and IMG tags is available exclusively as an opt-in with a caveat: blocking iFrame and IMG tag requests is likely to break functionality on many web pages.
• Deletion of Flash and Silverlight cookies.
Note: Flash and Silverlight deletion is offered exclusively on an opt-in basis. Domains selected by a user through the options tab shall be deleted upon page exit.
• An opt-in, automated weekly bug list update. Alternatively users’ can select the ghost and update the bug list on demand.
• To increase the convenience of Ghostery, restarting your browser is no longer necessary when you update your options.
Your feedback played a key role in the features that appear in v2.1, so please keep it coming. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in testing the beta so we can send it out to you. Your contact information will be held in the strictest confidence and used for no other purposes.
We look forward to feedback on your experience upon testing.
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I have received the beta test (ghostery-2.1-fx.xpi) as a zipped file. I have unzipped into a separate directory.
You mentioned: Dragging the xpi into a new tab in Firefox gets the process going.
I have dragged the directory into a new tab in Firefox 3.6 and see
Index of file:///C:/Download/ghostery-2.1-fx.xpi
Which reveals several directorys and one file
This is the banner above the web page from install.rdf
This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.
Any suggestions, George
I resolved the minor issue on my part by renaming the zip file
(deleting zip and leaving xpi as the file extension). Did not
recognize this until I looked carefully at the file name with two
file extensions). I am visually impaired with macular degeneration
in both eyes and I try not to let it hold me up. Have had two
years of chemo injections into both eyes x10 treatments to reduce
the damage and effect of this retinal disease. The first of a
monoclonal recombinant genetic material from a human and mouse
After renaming the file I was able to use Firefox with Control-O to
open the installation window and it installed just fine. Testing
now on Firefox Minefield 3.7a3Pre version.
Thank you for the opportunity to beta test Ghostery 2.1.
I noted the same thing when I unzipped the file! I looked at those folders and thought, "What do I do with those?" But once I saw the zip extension and removed it, I was able to install it as George did.
I have a desktop and a laptop with near mirrored environments. On each...
Ghostery 2.1 is plugging along just fine in FFox 3.6 under WinXPproSP3/32 (fully patched) even when running Sandboxie Free 3.44.
I travel the Web with these current version add-ons:
Adbolock Plus (EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Malware Domains subscriptions)
Dr.Web anti-virus link checker
Ghostery (What's that?)
Tool Bar Buttons
Noia 2.0 eXtreme
The only change I made was to uncheck the "Flash Cookies" option that BetterPrivacy adds to the "Settings for Clearing History" properties for "Clear history when Firefox closes" in Firefox's History under the Privacy Option. I didn't want that to conflict with Ghostery's "Also delete Flash and Silverlight cookies on exit" Blocking option.
I wish I could list all the changes I made using Configuration Mania and OptimizeGoogle, but I tweaked the heck out of 'em. Doesn't seem to bother Ghostery any.
Other considerations in my environment: GData Internet Security 2010, Zemana Anti-Logger, Malwarebytes Pro, Prevx Free (SafeOnline disabled), Immunet. And UltraDNS.
With all that, as far as I'm concerned, Ghostery 2.1 is ready for prime time.
Suggestion: I'd like to see some metric associated with the bugs and lsos database files which would render on the Ghostery update page or better yet, in the "Ghostery found the following:" popup i.e. "Using Bug List v1.11"
Question: currently there are 231 items in the block list. If the bug list is updated in some way, am I correct in assuming that value would increment up (or down)? As I remember, 231 has been the count for quite some time. (No criticism intended by that.)