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Do Not Track Plus for Chrome for Mac

CNET Editors' review

If ad blocking is the hacksaw of Internet-protecting add-ons, Do Not Track Plus (DNT+) is a finely honed katana, slicing out tracking behaviors embedded in sites without destroying the modern Web.

Do Not Track Plus extends your privacy

It's cross-browser and cross-platform, and will work in Firefox, Chrome, IE, and Safari. An Opera version is in the works. DNT+ blocks sites and ads from tracking you, unless you give them explicit permission to do so. For most sites, it actually rebuilds tools like social-networking buttons on the fly so you can still get your social on without sacrificing privacy or site load times. It also blocks ad networks and companies from following you around the Web.

DNT+ installs as a browser toolbar button. The icon reflects the number of tracking blocks against the site you're viewing. Click the button and a drop-down window appears with trackers separated into three categories: social buttons, ad networks, and companies. If there's something marked verboten that you want back, like a Twitter button, clicking it will resurrect it. Otherwise, the links at the bottom of each section take you to sites that explain what the add-on is doing and why it's doing it. This is smart, helpful stuff.

Do Not Track Plus protects your privacy as you bop around the Web, and lets you toggle those protections on the fly.

Do Not Track Plus protects your privacy as you bop around the Web, and lets you toggle those protections on the fly.

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

The interface is clean if a bit cluttered with the verbiage necessary to explain what it's actually doing. The add-on's On/Off button could be bigger, too. Its features work well, with no noticeable lag times when loading sites. In fact, the only feature hang-up was that on some sites, the social networking buttons weren't re-rendered. It's easy enough to go into the add-on and reactivate them, but it is an imperfect implementation of a core feature.

If you're aware of the serious privacy risks on the Internet today, but looking for something more nuanced than an ad blocker or JavaScript killer that still lets you experience the modern Web, Do Not Track Plus lives up to its value-added name.

DoNotTrackMe simplifies tracking blocking:

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great software"

    March 4, 2012  |   By applecross

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Chrome 1.0

    Pros

    Great software

    Cons

    Great software

    Summary

    Great software

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It works, period."

    February 18, 2012  |   By bartbrown

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Chrome 1.0

    Pros

    Does exactly what it says it will do

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Oh, except "It seems when I have it activated my Facebook Chat doesn't work".... ummm, no... wait ... that would be a PRO!

    Summary

    It works, it's unobtrusive (unlike the hyenas it blocks), never causes a problem, and it's free. Provides instant satisfaction when you click on it and you see all the web scam artists it has simply blocked. No drama, no muss, no fuss -- I forget it's there, but in the week or so I've had it, it has blocked 2,627 attempted intrusions. Love the guy who whines ungrammatically "Works to [sic] well," "It's [sic] seems when I have it activated my Facebook Chat doesn't work." Gee whiz, really? Maybe it's telling you subliminally that you ought to spend less time on FB and more time studying, so you don't flunk 7th grade, again. If you absolutely HAVE to live in the fantasy-world of FB, turn "Do Not Track Plus" OFF when you're yakking mindlessly to your BFFs about what an AWESOME score you got last night in Halo. Better yet, ditch FaceBook and try real life.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works to well"

    February 17, 2012  |   By Keith Fine

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Chrome 1.0

    Pros

    It's seems when I have it activated my Facebook Chat doesn't work.

    Cons

    It's seems when I have it activated my Facebook Chat doesn't work.

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    It's seems when I have it activated my Facebook Chat doesn't work.

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