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.
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.
DoNotTrackMe creates and manages disposable email addresses, phone numbers, and credit cards to protect your online privacy. Reclaim your privacy using DoNotTrackMe to mask your online activity. Put privacy protection onto your browser and into your pocket with DoNotTrackMe. Masking your information improves privacy, data control, and prevents you from becoming the next data breach victim. By using DoNotTrackMe, you will regain control over your data by masking your online activity.
Free Features: - Masked Browsing: Equip your browser with DoNotTrackMe to regain control over your data by masking your online activity. - Masked Emails: Use DoNotTrackMe to create masked email addresses anytime you need to share your personal email address. Turn the masked email address off or delete it at any time.
Premium Features: - Masked Credit Cards: Create one-time use, disposable credit cards for your purchases online, on your phone, or in stores. Never again have your credit card on file with a store or leaked in a data breach. - Masked Phones: No one likes unsolicited phone calls from random companies or strangers. Get a private, disposable phone number that forwards calls, texts, and voicemails to your real phone number, and block unwanted callers any time. Now available in over a dozen countries.
Here are some ways that DoNotTrackMe can make your life simpler and more private: - Mask your browsing by blocking tracking companies from gathering and selling your personal data. - Generate and give out masked email addresses that forward to your real email address when you are shopping online. - Setup a masked phone that you can give out (and block) to any online merchant, or any person or company on the spot. - Send texts and make calls from a masked phone number (available in over a dozen countries). - Transact online purchases from any online merchant with limited balance credit cards.
What's new in this version:
Version 3.2.1098 adds support for IE11.