We had an email from someone wondering why Better doesn’t make Safari appear safe according to Panopticlick.
So Aral had a quick look at Panopticlick and concluded:
Panopticlick are using their own simulated third-party trackers to check for tracker blocking. Better crawls the web to find actual third-party trackers and blocks them specifically so as not to break general functionality on the web. We crawl for the most popular trackers and block them to provide the greatest practical coverage for the greatest number of people.
We could easily block the three test sites Panopticlick uses (and we might, so it does not give people a false result) but that’s not a good indication of whether trackers are being blocked.
Basically, any tool could block the following three test domains only and appear to pass their tracker test, when in reality, they would not be blocking any trackers whatsoever:
Unfortunately, this means that Panopticlick can’t possibly be an indicator of whether tracking is blocked in a browser. All it proves is that a browser or browser extension has added the Panopticlick simulated domains to their blocking rules.