Keep snoopers at bay with this tracker blocker app
Keep your footprints hidden
This software specializes in blocking data trackers, similar to the browser extension Ghostery. Enabled by default, the tracker blocker is adept at turning your presence anonymous to hide your digital footprint. However, unlike the extension, Midnight is successful with all browsers and apps you have.
The ad blocker is also similar to the browser extension and can block different types of ads. You can’t customize the settings for this the way you can with the extension, however. Meanwhile, the VPN is a new feature for Ghostery and has a quick drop-down menu showing the locations available. Unfortunately, its server options only have the US, UK, Singapore, Canada, and Germany. You also can’t customize the VPN protocols, but it’s easy to activate
Furthermore, the software offers device-level privacy by way of protecting your native apps. It will show all programs that use your internet connection in your device. You can then enable and disable their protection. This feature has customization options since there are three statuses you can choose: Protected, Monitored, and Disabled. The Protected status automatically blocks, while Monitored will just show tracker requests but won’t stop them.
User-friendly designThis privacy program has an easy-to-use interface where you can find everything in one place. The Home panel has the tracker protection, ad blocker, VPN at the top with the Pause button—which turns off all monitoring and blocking of network requests. You can select how long it pauses from the drop-down menu. The Quick Stats is displayed below, showing the number of trackers detected. You will find to its side the list of active apps and their statuses, color-coded for your convenience.
From the left-side ribbon menu, you can access My Apps, where you can customize your applications. There are icons for the three statuses that you can click on: the Shield for Protection, the Eye for Monitored, and the circular No Symbol for Disabled. If you click on the application, it will show a list of all tracker requests for it—all divided into categories like Site Analytics, Social Media, and Advertising.
This software is available on both Windows and Mac and offers a free 7-day trial. Simply create an account to get started. It is currently available at a monthly subscription, however, a yearly plan will be rolled out in the short term. Fortunately, the VPN has no limits to the number of devices you can simultaneously use it on.
Great for beginners
Overall, Ghostery Midnight lets you easily control your online privacy. It can go beyond your browser and protect your native applications. This program is easy to handle and while its customization options are basic, the bulk of this lets you configure the protection for specific apps. Nonetheless, the software has improved upon what the browser extension had previously offered.