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DoNotTrackMe for Firefox

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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.

DoNotTrackMe simplifies tracking blocking:

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Effective and easy."

    February 7, 2014  |   By vreese

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.9.812

    Pros

    I have only been using this for less than a week, but it seems pretty effective. I haven't had any problems with unwanted e-mails yet. One thing I like is that it will fill in the email address and confirm email boxes.

    Cons

    When filling in forms, it will pause for several seconds. One other small issue is that if I ask it to make a strong password at work, I can only access the same site at work because I don't know the password. Perhaps if I installed the program on other computers it would work there as well, but this is not a major issue.

    Summary

    Very good program with few problems, and a good price.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Blocks social sites and companies incoming sites."

    February 6, 2014  |   By sissyll

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.9.812

    Pros

    Appears to be blocking all social and companies while I'm on line. It shows a graph that can be opened anytime to see what is being blocked. It doesn't seem to interfere or conflict with other programs running.

    Cons

    Really no proof it is working; no names given for what it is blocking. Haven't had it long enough to find out if something goes wrong over time.

    Summary

    Since it's free, it can't hurt to run it and hope that it's doing what it says it is, as long as it doesn't become incompatible and cause problems.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this sucks"

    February 3, 2014  |   By kisphoto

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.9.812

    Pros

    nothing at all

    Cons

    it gets on your computer and hides the file so you can not get rid of it and it tracks you i hate it and want it gone

    Summary

    DO NOT DO THIS YOU WILL BE SORRY

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for Some Online Peace of Mind"

    December 14, 2013  |   By drbb

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.9.812

    Pros

    Does its job. Easy to use. Seamless; no problems encountered with other extensions or web apps. Provides user with control over what to block. Latest version (3.1.1030) has improved interface.

    Cons

    None that I can identify.

    Summary

    I have been using DoNotTrackMe (formerly DoNotTrack Plus) for over a year, and I think it is fabulous! Why do I think so? First, when I click on the DoNotTrackMe for Firefox cross-hairs icon on the navigation bar it it lets me know, in real time, which websites and social networks it is keeping from tracking my travels around the web. Second, it was easy to set up and once it was operational, I soon forgot it was even there.

    DoNotTrackMe is also flexible. It easily lets users block or unblock tracking by specific websites and social networks. I also like the clean interface introduced in the latest version (3.1.1030).

    For what it worth, I have noticed a slow, but continuing reduction of junk and potentially dangerous emails in my spam folder. I can't say that DoNotTrackMe is the only reason for this; however, I do believe it is part of the reason and it gives me additional peace of mind when I roam the web.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Non-intrusive, Plays well with other add-ons."

    July 18, 2013  |   By Mid_Man

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.9.618

    Pros

    Does not slow browser speed, Color coded icon in toolbar shows number of trackers blocked, easy install, no setup, easy to adjust settings. Blocks more than 600 trackers

    Cons

    None at all.

    Summary

    Use it in Firefox, Safari, and IE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy, doesn't get in the way."

    June 30, 2013  |   By hayseed0a1

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.9.618

    Pros

    Easily allows you to select any sites for which you want tracking to be turned on or off - the default is off.

    Cons

    None in the two years I've been using it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best surfing companion AND IT'S FREE! Don't miss it!"

    May 20, 2013  |   By M3474X3

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.6.225

    Pros

    Everything about this is awesome and I MEAN EVERYTHING!

    Cons

    Absolutely no cons ;)

    Summary

    If you don't have this you must have rocks in your head! GET IT NOW!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "unbelievable how many trackers follow me"

    May 19, 2013  |   By swamprat

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.6.225

    Pros

    DNT is blocking 13 companies while I sit here on cnet. Makes ya wonder don't it? Found no issues with ANY other program and have no reason to consider removing it, Yoou sould at leadt ry it,

    Cons

    none thus far.

    Summary

    works as adverised and shows no ill effects.
    prie cannotbe beat!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "free and speeds up browsing ( firefox and win 7 64 bit)"

    April 12, 2013  |   By justchuck69

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.6.225

    Pros

    -free
    -seems to speed up everyday browsing
    -lot less tracking of my browsing

    Cons

    not standard in any browser but should be built in all browsers

    Summary

    Thanks Abine !

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Totally love this add-on"

    April 11, 2013  |   By mapyron

    Version: DoNotTrackMe for Firefox 2.2.6.225

    Pros

    Can actually see who is tracking me

    Cons

    Some problems won't load if they cannot track--then I ask myself, do I really want to go here???

    Summary

    Cannot beat this--also try MASKME by same programmer

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