Protect your data with this tracker blocker app
Ghostery Midnight is a privacy program that enables you to easily block trackers and protect your data online. A product of Ghostery, Ghostery Midnight is a native application that stops any web tracking activity for you. However, it also offers other features, such as a VPN and an ad blocker. All of these functionalities are easy to enable and disable—and the software also allows individual protection-toggling for apps.
More than tracker blocking
Similar to the browser extension Ghostery, this program specializes in blocking data trackers that collect information on your online behavior. It facilitates you to control the extent of your online privacy, as it intercepts trackers and intrusive ads. Its tracker protection feature is enabled by default and can anonymize personal data to further hide your digital footprint. However, Midnight differs from the extension in that it can affect all browsers and online-accessing apps you have.
Its ad blocker works the same way as the browser extension. It blocks different types of ads by using the software’s curated blocklists—although it doesn’t have the same level of customization the extension offers. Another main feature is the VPN, which can be easily activated and has a simple drop-down menu for the locations available. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a huge selection of server locations and has no other configurations like a kill switch or split-tunneling.
Aside from the main features, the software also offers device-level privacy. It displays all active applications in your device and lets you toggle their protection on and off. This is where you’ll see customization options, as you can configure each application’s status and the actions applied to trackers. There are three statuses in the software: Protected, Monitored, and Disabled. Protected automatically blocks all trackers, while Monitored will just keep an eye on tracker requests but will not block.
Straightforward interface design
This privacy program has an easy-to-use interface that showcases everything on the Home panel. The tracker protection, ad blocker, VPN are at the top with the Pause button. This turns off all monitoring and blocking of network requests, and you can choose how long this lasts from the drop-down menu. Below, you’ll also find Quick Stats showing a simple pie chart of the activity recorded. Next to it is the list of active apps and their statuses, which are color-coded blue for applications and orange for browsers.
Another panel accessible from the left-side ribbon menu is My Apps, which is where you can customize your applications. You can simply click on the corresponding icon for the three statuses: the shield for Protection, the eye for Monitored, and the circular No symbol for Disabled. Clicking on the app will further display a list of all tracker requests for that app, divided into categories like Site Analytics and Advertising.
This software offers a free 7-day trial and is available on Windows and Mac. It is currently available at a monthly subscription, however, a yearly plan will be rolled out in the short term. However, what’s great about this software is that there are no limits to the number of devices you can simultaneously apply the VPN on. You only need to create an account to start using the program.
Easy interface for anyone
Ghostery Midnight offers secure online privacy that you can easily control. It doesn’t just stay on the browser level and even protects your native apps. The program is easy to set up and handle, with its simple icons for customizing your apps’ protection. The main features don’t have in-depth configurations themselves but nevertheless, this software is definitely a step up from the browser extension’s capabilities