Blur (formerly DoNotTrackMe) for Safari

Blur (formerly DoNotTrackMe) for Safari

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.5.1335
  • Total Downloads:
    22,393
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 03, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.71MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    50
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Safari extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Safari browser.

Editors' Review

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If ad blocking is the hacksaw of Internet-protecting add-ons, DoNotTrackMe is a finely honed katana, slicing out tracking behaviors embedded in sites without destroying the modern Web.

The latest version makes some helpful changes both on the surface and how it protects you. Formerly known as Do Not Track Plus, the add-on's redesign makes it significantly easier to use. DNTMe's new crosshairs icon sits next to your location bar, and is easier to find than the previous one. It still shows you the number of trackers that it's blocked on the site that you're visiting, but the layout redeco looks much less like a Windows XP reject.

Click on the crosshairs and a drop-down window opens that shows you a sun icon if there's no trackers on the site, or in-depth tracking info if there's more going on than meets the eye. If trackers are detected, you see first a list of the companies tracking you, and then a breakdown of which companies to which they report. These include separate call-outs for social networks, as well as other private companies. The slider at the top is also what you click to allow all tracking from a specific site.

Below the tracker data is a real-time chart showing you how many trackers you've been protected from, although the chart's data is a bit thin. At the very bottom you have links to a combination of Abine privacy products, such as its DeleteMe service, and free blog posts that help explain more information about tracking and privacy concerns.

DNTMe's benefit isn't just that it blocks trackers, but that it keeps the social Web active while protecting you. Publisher Abine does this by actually rebuilding the social-networking buttons on most sites, which prevents sites from gleaning tracking data from you when you're not logged in. By rebuilding social-networking buttons on the fly without sacrificing privacy or site load times, it keeps the kind of functionality people want from the Web.

It's a unique response to the problem of tracking, and reflects how seriously Abine takes its task. DNTMe also blocks ad networks and companies from following you around the Web.

Several under-the-hood changes to DNTMe have improved how it protects you. It's dropped advertiser opt-out cookies, a small change that eliminates confusion about different types of cookies and increases your protection. It will warn you, too, when it knows about social-networking news and when social-networking sites make privacy policy changes.

The settings icon, a small gear at the top, lets you toggle tracking cookie blocking on a per-site basis. And throughout the interface, links take you to Abine's sites that explain what the add-on is doing and why it's doing it. We're talking smart, helpful stuff.

If you're aware of the serious privacy risks on the Internet today, but are looking for something more nuanced than an ad blocker or JavaScript killer that still lets you experience the modern Web, the Do Not Track HTML header is too anemic to be useful despite its good intentions. Protect yourself by putting some serious weight behind that impulse with DoNotTrackMe.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–4 of 4

5 stars

"Works well, easy to install & use. Just great!"

May 07, 2012  |  By uricogan

 |  Version: Do Not Track Plus for Safari 2.1.3.418

Pros

I like it a lot

Cons

No faults found

Summary

Fine App. Thanks to the creator/s

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5 stars

"Excellent and Free"

February 29, 2012  |  By alpease_dotmac

 |  Version: Do Not Track Plus for Safari 1.0

Pros

DNT+ does what it says and seems to do it well. Simple to understand and use.

Cons

No problems encountered thus far.

Summary

Now that I have tried DNT+, I would not want to be without it.

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4 stars

"Good product, works well with Safari for Windows."

February 16, 2012  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: Do Not Track Plus for Safari 1.0

Pros

Effectively blocks tracking. Good cross-platform support. Consistent results with different browsers.

Cons

Nothing at this time.

Summary

It's free!

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4 stars

"I Prefer Ghostery for Safari"

February 15, 2012  |  By ddealer27

 |  Version: Do Not Track Plus for Safari 1.0

Pros

Works as advertised and I had no problems downloading and installing in Safari

Cons

I experienced no problems with the product

Summary

I have Ghostery installed in Safari for a Mac and it seems to block more data than Do Not Track Plus, so I'll stick with Ghostery.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.5.1335
Version 4.5.1335 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Abine
Publisher web site https://www.abine.com
Release Date November 19, 2014
Date Added December 03, 2014
Version 4.5.1335
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Safari
Download Information
File Size 1.71MB
File Name dntme-safari.safariextz
Popularity
Total Downloads 22,393
Downloads Last Week 50
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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