Collusion, a Firefox add-on that lets you see which ad network or service is tracking your online browsing activities, has been renamed to Lightbeam for Firefox.

I wrote about Collusion sometime back in July of this year (see Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time) and since then, I’ve been using it to keep an eye on which ad networks are storing cookies in Firefox. Not that it makes any difference to the ad nerworks, but at least it keeps me informed.

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What I find most interesting about what Lightbeam for Firefox tells me is that if Firefox is configured to accept third-party cookies, the number of trackers is just about the same as when Firefox is configured to reject them. This screen shot shows a graph when Firefox is not accepting third-party cookies.
Lightbeam Collusion cookie tracking third-party

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And this one shows when third-party coolies are being accepted. Not much difference in the number of cookies being stored by Firefox. Lightbeam is a cool add-on to have. To install it, search for “collusion” of “lightbeam” from Firefox’s add-on tool.
Lightbeam Collusion online tracking third-party

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