I saw an article about Lightbeam for Firefox and figured I’d make a video about it to show how you might use it.
Lightbeam is an extension for Firefox that lets you see who is tracking your moves online when you visit a website.
It offers a visual tool to give you three ways to assess the tracking data that is created as you cruise the Web.
I won’t go into the details because the video does a good job of showing you how it all works.
So give the video a go and if you prefer, click the read on for a transcript.
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Hey, Claude Pelanne here, Affiliate Starting Line. Welcome. This is going to be a video about Lightbeam.
As you’ll see, I’m in Firefox. It’s an add-on right here, called Lightbeam 1.02. You get it by going to add-ons, typing in Lightbeam. It’ll show up. Load it.
What does it do? It actually gives you a visual of who is tracking you online. Even though I use Chrome and I use Safari, but I’ll come in and use this. Once you have it installed, come down here to the right hand bottom corner of your screen. It’s not exactly intuitive, but that’s how you find it.
Click it. It’ll give you a screen. It’s got three different forms of presenting the data. There’s a graph which shows you all the sites that you’ve visited. I just loaded this up yesterday, and I’ve visited 13 sites, 140 third-party sites. This shows you, in circles, right there, the sites that you’ve visited. In triangles, it shows the third party sites that are connected to the sites that you’ve visited. That’s going to show you who’s doing what every time you visit a site.
I can filter this by turning off the sites to see more clearly who the third parties are. I can turn off the third parties. It’ll show you the connections. You can turn them off and turn them on. You can turn on and off cookies. There are all the cookies that are going on. It’s a really interesting tool.
This is the graph portion. There is a clock tab. You click the clock tab and it will show you during the course of the day, assuming you’re using Firefox, what the search profile looks like. It tells me I’ve visited 13 sites, 140 third-party sites since this morning, 10:36 a.m. on October 26. So, you can track what you’re doing in real time. And, it’ll give you a list of the various third-party sites and main sites that you’ve visited, then you can see and find out information about them.
So, Lightbeam, it’s an add-on for Firefox. It gives you a shot at getting a sense of what’s going out and who’s following you. If you’re interested in your privacy and the digital footprint that you’re leaving online then this is a great tool to use.
That’s it. This is Claude Pelanne, Affiliate Starting Line. I hope this has been helpful. Stay with it, stay well, talk soon.