(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Mozilla, the creator of the popular Firefox web browser, recently unveiled version 1.0.2 of “Lightbeam” – a web tool designed to help users discover who’s tracking them online.
Lightbeam works as an add-on for Firefox and is available to download now.
“Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that enables you to see the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. Using interactive visualizations, Lightbeam shows you the relationships between these third parties and the sites you visit,” explained Mozilla via its Add-Ons website.
The add-on’s results can be viewed in graph view. “As you then browse to a second site, the add-on highlights the third parties that are also active there and shows which third parties have seen you at both sites. The visualization grows with every site you visit and every request made from your browser. In addition to the Graph view, you can also see your data in a Clock view to examine connections over a 24-hour period or in a List view to drill down into individual sites,” noted Mozilla.
Specificially, Mozilla says Lightbeam lets the user view where third party trackers connect to them.
With Lightbeam, Mozilla is allowing users to opt in to anonymous sharing to let data be analyzed to study online tracking methods.
Lightbeam was previously known as “Collusion” and Mozilla initially launched it back in July of 2011.