Mozilla, the open-source software community responsible for the Firefox browser, has released a new download that allows users to identify who’s tracking their Internet movements.
A 11 years old software company has released something which is in interest of each individual using the Internet. “Lightbeam,” the free Firefox extension will enable users to see which third party companies are monitoring their online presence, a move that Mozilla states will “illuminate the inner workings of the web.”
Lightbeam creates a visual representation of all the third parties that are active on the websites we visit. Typically, that would include advertisers or other companies looking to sell your data for marketing purposes. Mozilla is also encouraging Lightbeam users to crowd-source their data in order to generate “a big-picture view of how tracking works on the Internet,” potentially singling out which companies are the most active in their monitoring.
As per Mozzila, the visualization grows with every site we visit and every request made from our browser. In addition to the graph view, we can also see our data in a clock view to examine connections over a 24-hour period or in a List view to drill down into individual sites.
Lightbeam will create a record of events for every site we visit and every third party site that is stored locally on our browser. Lightbeam visually graphs these events to highlight the interactions between sites we intentionally visit and the third parties. It will surely help us to learn how the Internet tracking take place.
“It doesn’t stop being magic just because you know how it works.”