Ghostery Lite for Safari provides fast, simple and safe browsing. It protects your privacy online by stopping trackers from accessing your personal data and blocks ads to keep the websites you visit clutter free. It delivers the tracking protection our users have come to know and love while minimizing the need for customization and maintenance. We created tailored default settings that offer immediate tracker and ad blocking upon installation and do all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, allowing you to visit the websites you love without any hassle. We've also included custom settings for users who would like to select specific tracker categories to block and unblock.
+ Three comprehensive Content Blockers help you block ads and stop trackers
+ Daily block list updates
+ Localized in 14 languages
+ Easily maintain a list of your trusted websites
+ Open source software (https://github.com/ghostery/GhosterySafari)
Ghostery Lite v1.1.0 provides two additional Content Blocker extensions to improve ad and tracker blocking. Be sure to enable them in your Safari preferences! We've also added localization for 13 languages and fixed multiple bugs and performance issues.
Ghostery Lite is now open source under the MPL license. Check out our project GitHub page for a complete version changelog.
Ratings and Reviews
Not as good as Ghostery...
Like others, I miss the granularity Ghostery offered, but if this is to comply with new Apple policies, I understand. However, I wish I could import Ghostery's settings for which sites to trust or not - seems starting over with a blank slate is a tremendous step back.
Also, the Ghostery Lite UI app is almost completely unhelpful, and honestly could have been put into a popup for the extension's button. The fact that it doesn't have a keyboard shortcut or menu option for "Close Window" but it does have one for minimize just shows how little the authors care about the Mac market or in doing things correctly for us. Insulting, really.
Dramatically Better Than Alternatives
While uBlock Origin may have been the best ad block plugin for Safari prior to the new App Store method, GhostryLite is almost as good. I've tried AdBlock, AdBlock Plus, Ka-Block, etc. and all either break websites are or too slow to be useable as they load complex sites with lots of ads. AdBlock for Safari is my second choice after Ghostry. Ghostry is extremely fast and accurate. The only thing that could make Ghostry better is to do a better job of collapsing blocked ads which currently show mostly as empty squares taking up space on the screen, otherwise nearly perfect! For those overly concerned about security and the pugins access to your private web info (as I am), you can simply enable the 'content blocker' extension in Safari and leave unchecked the 'UI' extension, Ghostry will continue to work just fine this way - note this is true for all ad blockers using the new extention method that have both an engine/blocker and a UI extension.
Comparable functionality to uBlock Origin
Ghostery add blocker is the best replacement I could find for uBlock Origin so far. It has been a challenge to replace uBlock Origin, I have tried most of the options in the Mac App Store, such as AdBlock, Better, and more. Most had one issue or another. So far, Ghostery Lite has most of the features that I need. The default filter options work good, and they have a custom filter option too. Their user interface is also easy to use and shows some basic stats for each site just as uBlock Origin. I think if the developer continues to maintain and develop this tool further I will be with this one for a long time. One recommendation is once you install both Ghostery extensions restart Safari. I noticed it did not actually fully block until the Safari app was restarted.
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- Ghostery, Inc.
- 7.4 MB
- Requires macOS 10.13 or later.
English, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- © 2020 Ghostery, Inc
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.