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DoNotTrackMe for Chrome

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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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Albine you guys ROCK"

    June 9, 2013  |   By babbs5d9

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.2.9.520

    Pros

    I really have never bothered to give a "Rating or Review" for any product, app, etc. in the entire time I've been on a computer / www ...EVER.....EVER... but I can't even stop about this product REALLY and gladly did this rating it s/b a 10 star +.
    "W O W"
    Cordially,
    Barbara Christiansen
    Ft Worth, Tx

    Cons

    NONE NONE & FREE FREE

    Summary

    Great software & they really go above & beyond when explaining how it works and the technology,research behind it as well as their goals to the consumers privacy. Everyone should download and use it.
    After using it a little over a month,I have recommended it to my family and friends (which I have rarely, if ever done) and its FREE as well as, the "Mask" email.

    Oh yeah, they are even rated highly by the
    "Wall Street Journal",
    "PC-Magazine", "PC- Digest", "Better Business Bureau", CNet....
    Folks that's pretty impressive by any ones standards, not to many "FREE APPS" can please all those Critics and Tech's or certainly get any BS past them.
    Maybe BS 1 or 2 at best... not all them though...
    WOW !!!
    I bet the "Ad-Stalkers" agencies hate them & are struggling right along with the "ID Thieves" and "Hackers" that bombard every computers inbox in the universe.

    "Delete Me" is a Small fee annually, but the 2 Free apps alone were all I felt I needed because of their strengths & integrity and functionality. Just felt the Free apps were fine for me as an individual. Maybe if I were doing Wealth Management or something sensitive like that involving multiple clients and their info I would definitely consider it.
    I really have never bothered to give a "Rating or Review" for any product, app, etc. in the entire time I've been on a computer / www ...EVER.....EVER... but I can't even stop about this product REALLY and gladly did this rating it s/b a 10 star +.
    "W O W"
    Cordially,

    Barbara Christiansen
    Ft Worth, Tx

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Won't Download Again? Was Great!"

    December 8, 2012  |   By MiscGirl

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.2.5.1203

    Pros

    Was great when I had it.

    Cons

    Had a problem with my computer. Then DNT wasn't working. My pages were waiting for it and nothing would load. So I decided to remove it and re-download. When I try to, it saves a file called "epanfjkfahimkgomnigadpkobaefekcd_9564.crx" that my computer can't open to my downloads. Any ideas?

    Summary

    Was great, can't get it again!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Google DELETED my DNT+"

    September 28, 2012  |   By skyjockeya36

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.2.0.510

    Pros

    Loved the Product

    Cons

    Google will not allow!

    Summary

    Google will NOT ALLOW DNT+. Only add on from the Google Store are allowed.
    I deleted my Google Chrome and will NEVER use it again!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "with Do Not Track Plus I'm surf the web faster browsing"

    July 5, 2012  |   By wrensnana

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.2.0.510

    Pros

    Faster web browsing

    Cons

    there are no cons

    Summary

    It is the best

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I get Error page"

    June 12, 2012  |   By Lorieann98

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.2.0.510

    Pros

    I am unable to submit any pro comment at this time.

    Cons

    Can't download.. goes to "page not found"

    Summary

    Since I can not down load, I have no opinion.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent protection."

    May 20, 2012  |   By mightyh

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.2.0.510

    Pros

    Keeps trackers away from you and it's free.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Summary

    Best protection, highly recommended.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "works great a lot less ads and spam email"

    May 20, 2012  |   By redchrome

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.2.0.510

    Pros

    free easy to use dont have to moniter it it works by itself

    Cons

    none so far!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "ease of installation."

    May 6, 2012  |   By woodybassmanturner

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.1.3

    Pros

    Able to find out who's following you.

    Cons

    To this time I haven't found any Cons.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An Awsome tool for web brownsing."

    May 1, 2012  |   By raffalcon1

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.1.3

    Pros

    Blocks sites and ads from tracking you and let you know who and how many try to do it in any page you are. I have instaled on IE and Firefox to.

    Cons

    Don't see anyone.

    Summary

    I like it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "How do I install this without buying any software?"

    April 19, 2012  |   By maprlp

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Chrome 2.1.3

    Pros

    Don't know yet because I can't install it. Every site I go to to get download instructions seems to require that I purchase their software. Help............

    Cons

    Don't know yet

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