DoNotTrackMe for Chrome for Mac

DoNotTrackMe for Chrome for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 7 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.2.8.109
  • Total Downloads:
    20,915
  • Date Added:
    January 09, 2013
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    24
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8

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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  • 5 stars

    "Great program!"

    January 28, 2014   |   By bvyarn

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.2.9.620

    Pros

    Does what it's supposed to. Blocked 11 trackers at Cnet.com.

    Cons

    None so far.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2.2.8.109
    • New name: DoNotTrackMe (formerly DoNotTrackPlus)
    • Added over 50 new trackers to DNTMe's block list
    • Removal of advertiser opt out cookies
    • Refreshed UI with a chart that shows you how many trackers you've blocked while using DNTMe
    • Privacy alert feature that appears on the DNTMe icon when we have news or tips about the site you're visiting. For example, if Facebook changes their privacy policy, you'll get an alert the next time you visit Facebook
    • Now available worldwide in 12 languages
    General
    Publisher Abine
    Publisher web site https://www.abine.com
    Release Date January 09, 2013
    Date Added January 09, 2013
    Version 2.2.8.109
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Privacy Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size Not Available
    File Name epanfjkfahimkgomnigadpkobaefekcd
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 20,915
    Downloads Last Week 24
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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