What is Spy Alert?
Spy Alert is a free application that allows you to view insightful analysis about the websites that you visit and specifically how they're tracking you online.
How does it work?
After you install Spy Alert, follow these steps:
- Bookmark the Spy Alert "App Page" here: http://www.spyalertapp.com/app.html
- Use the internet as you normally would.
- Visit the "App Page", and you'll find a report that shows you what websites or services are tracking you!
Spy Alert cannot determine exactly who is tracking your computer usage.
Instead, Spy Alert allows a user to see which websites have placed tracking code
onto their computer. As a result, Spy Alert provides the user the freedom
to decide which 'trackers' they would like to block or allow. The purpose of Spy Alert
is to provide users with visibility into the various entities that are tracking pieces of information
about them, including user browsing habits, and gives users some power to control this experience.
What browsers do you support?
Internet Explorer 8+, and the latest few versions of FireFox and Google Chrome. We currently only support Microsoft Windows operating system (check back in the future for Mac support!)
Where can I get install instructions for my browser?
You can get a quick, simple set of instructions for installing Spy Alert using your current browser via our Install Steps page.
Is Spy Alert safe to use?
Yes, Spy Alert is safe to use and was built with security and privacy as a primary concern.
Is Spy Alert free?
Yes, Spy Alert is entirely free to use. In order to keep Spy Alert free, we've partnered with high-quality ad providers and you may see additional ads when Spy Alert is installed. We do not allow any really annoying ads, sexual content, or intrusive media; we've only partnered with high-quality ad providers to deliver the best user experience possible, while also trying to help with some of our costs to keep Spy Alert free. If you find any ads annoying, please let us know.
What exactly gets installed on my computer?
All of the files for Spy Alert are installed in the standard program files location - there is no funny business or extra files added. Included in those files is an un-installer that is also registered to appear in your computer's 'Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs' section. There are also a few registry settings added to your Windows Registry that are required for the normal operation of your app, but there is nothing strange or out of the ordinary here, either.
What are additional offers?
In some cases, we may display product offers during your installation process. Of course, you will have the ability to accept or pass on these offers. We try our very best to make sure any product offering follows best practices and actually provides something of value to you. For example, you may be given the option to install a search toolbar during installation, which looks like this:
These offers make it more efficient to search the web by providing you with multiple places to search from (an additional search field, your home page or via opening a new browser tab). Included with these toolbars are typically widgets that provide new ways to access your favorite websites, social networking platforms and news sources. They also may offer general utility widgets like getting real-time weather data and streaming your radio station of choice. At any point, if you decide to uninstall Spy Alert, instructions for how to uninstall additional offers will also be provided.
If I don't like it, is it easy to uninstall?
Yes, we strive to make uninstalling Spy Alert as easy as possible (we hate annoying un-installers as much as you do). If you don't like Spy Alert (but we're sure you will!), you can uninstall with no trace left behind. In order to do this, please follow these steps:
- Windows Control Panel: Click Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs > Spy Alert
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