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How to disable Ghostery's promotional messages

Whether you're getting notifications from Ghostery with its newest feature, or you want to turn them off before they start, this how-to guide can help.

It's hard to escape the grasp of advertisers online, but browser add-ons like Ghostery want to try anyway. Ghostery disables a website's ability to track information about you, and is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. The add-on itself works great, but as Martin Brinkmann from points out, the latest update includes an opt-out feature that users may not appreciate.

This new feature is called the Consumer Messaging Platform (CMP). It will allow Ghostery to "message [its] users directly in their browser with product announcements, promotions, and other appropriate notifications." The feature will appear in new installs and after applying an update to Ghostery 5.4.6. If you're not interested in receiving communication from Ghostery, and you're not ready to switch to a different add-on, here's how to disable the CMP:

  • Click on the Ghostery icon in your Web browser toolbar, then the settings icon, and then the options button.
  • On the Advanced tab, uncheck the box next to "Allow Ghostery to show messages in my browser related to product features, updates, and promotions."
  • Make sure you click Save at the bottom of the page.

What do you think of Ghostery's latest feature and opt-out setting? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Note:You can find a more detailed description of the CMP near the top of Ghostery's privacy statement.