said by grega711:
I think maybe I've gone a little overboard with privacy software. I've installed:
Now I'm considering adding RequestPolicy (»www.requestpolicy.com/pr ··· acy.html), but I think maybe it would duplicate what these other programs are already doing.
Actually, I'm wondering if I really need all four.
Any comments would be appreciated...
Speaking strictly as a non-expert, there is overlap, and extra work involved in getting some/many sites to function as you want*, and the trade-off is a personal choice.
I am not familiar with ShareMeNot, and it's benefits may well be available with the other mentioned extensions.
For RequestPolicy and NoScript:
»www.requestpolicy.com/fa ··· noscript
What is great about RP, is that it allows you to Whitelist, or Blacklist calls FROM specific sites TO specific sites. NoScript allows for the Whitelisting/Blacklisting of the call TO specific sites, but not FROM specific sites. With RP, you can make exceptions for BOTH the sites which the calls are FROM, AND for the sites TO which the calls are made. Example: Photobucket is allowed only at the three sites that you frequent that you want the images, but not at any and all of the rest of the sites that you might just happen to check out that have a photobucket hosted image.
Consider running RP, with it's "Request Log" selected at the bottom of your browser window for a few days, as an easy way to see just how prevalent this third-party cross-web tracking really is. Google (and others) is (almost) everywhere!
As these extensions continue to be improved, the overlap will probably become greater, and so, like you mention, the "need" all of them would decrease. For this user, for now, AbP, NS, Ghostery and RP, are all running.
Here's a thread that might be of some use in your deciding what to run:
»Ghostery not blocking Taboola.
.* Now if I could just figure out how to view ComedyCentral/MTV hosted video content, and one or two other sites.... , all would be golden...