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Do Not Track Plus for Firefox

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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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    4.4 stars

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good programme"

    November 24, 2012  |   By Rolandkeys

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Firefox 2.2.1.611

    Pros

    Blocking of advertising companies

    Cons

    None for me

    Summary

    very good.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Surprising, to me anyway..."

    October 26, 2012  |   By seanpmc87

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Firefox 2.2.1.611

    Pros

    If it's really doing what it claims to be doing, then it's great. It is also surprising to me, when I open it up on a particular website, just to see how many different companies are following me around on the web. As far as I'm concerned that kind of tracking is an invasion of privacy, and should be illegal anyway. One thing I have noticed, is that every time I have opened it up on Wikipedia, it shows that nobody is tracking me. I assume this is because Wikipedia is already blocking them, so if that is the case, props for Wikipedia...

    Cons

    It does seem to slightly slow down the initial opening of some web-sites, Facebook being one in particular that I've noticed, as well as BBC News, which I use as my home-page.

    Summary

    As I said above, if it really is doing what it claims to do, I think everybody should be running this. If I want to buy something on the web, there are plenty of places to do so, and search-engines in case I can't find what I'm looking for. I don't need pop-ups, and tailored advertising to tell me where to go. For that matter, I wouldn't click on a pop-up, or peripheral advertisement anyway, for fear of it being a trick of some sort. So if that is what they are using this tracking info for, they're wasting their time tracking me anyway.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "There is not indication of DNT Plus performance"

    October 17, 2012  |   By stevends143

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Firefox 2.2.1.611

    Pros

    Upon installation and immediately after a blue DNT icon did appear briefly at the top left of search bar.

    Cons

    No indication of program presence or performance; not that I have yet to notice.

    Summary

    A function indicator would be appreciated. Give the number of blocked tracking and/or name of tracking website.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to install and does the job as described"

    October 12, 2012  |   By ronald.lewis16

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Firefox 2.2.1.611

    Pros

    Blocks those who try to track your buying habits and those pesky social networks.

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Saves deleting all those cookies"

    October 2, 2012  |   By gcapen

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Firefox 2.2.1.611

    Pros

    Helps keep sites from getting your ip address and then sending all kinds of spam.

    Cons

    It had a tendency to slow the application down.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent!!!!"

    September 12, 2012  |   By Mikeb00

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Firefox 2.2.1.611

    Pros

    I have only just started using this program and totally forgot it was on my computer. it blocks tracking companies effectively and just sits there in the background.

    Cons

    I don't think they are any...

    Summary

    Install and forget... it blocks internet tracking

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Adds, social networks and behavioural data collectors."

    September 8, 2012  |   By whirrier

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Firefox 2.2.1.611

    Pros

    Sits unobtrusively in your browser working at giving you back your privacy, easy to use interface.

    Cons

    Don`t think all trackers are being found as Ghostery is blocking more. Also logging in has become mandatory but, working on that problem.

    Summary

    Overall good, better to have than have not.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I love the idea that tracking companies can't follow me"

    September 4, 2012  |   By GJMcLoud

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Firefox 2.2.1.611

    Pros

    I like being able to block companies that try to follow me. It's MY business what I do, not theirs. I'm also thankful for being able to call DNT & actually talk to someone who you can understand!

    Cons

    No cons, other than a box popped up on my screen that wouldn't go away. After calling, the problem was solved.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Blocked as promised"

    August 7, 2012  |   By missouriman

    Version: Do Not Track Plus for Firefox 2.2.1.611

    Pros

    has blocked over 75,000.000 social networks tracking me, social networks ads,companies.

    Cons

    have cookies missing when opening pages, so have to sign in often

    Summary

    works great.

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