Benchmark and comparison of tracker-blockers: Should you trust them?

@article{Traverso2017BenchmarkAC,
  title={Benchmark and comparison of tracker-blockers: Should you trust them?},
  author={Stefano Traverso and Martino Trevisan and Leonardo Giannantoni and Marco Mellia and Hassan Metwalley},
  journal={2017 Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference (TMA)},
  year={2017},
  pages={1-9}
}
People are getting more and more conscious and worried about privacy issues that arise when browsing the Web. Ad-blockers, anti-tracking extensions, privacy and anonymity plug-ins, etc. promise to protect users and their privacy from third-party tracking systems. But how effective are they? In this paper, we present the first experimental campaign aimed at benchmarking popular plug-ins for web privacy preservation to date. We select 7 different plug-ins and setup a testbed to automatically… CONTINUE READING