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TrackMeNot

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CNET Editors' review

This Firefox extension offers users an interesting approach to block data miners, but it requires a leap of faith that the program is actually living up to its promises.

TrackMeNot's user interface consists of an icon on your status bar. A right-click displays a menu where you can choose to enable the program, along with your Options and Help menus. The Options menu lets you set the query frequency and how to handle cookies. The program supposedly hides your search history by running its own fake queries through popular search engines with the idea of fooling data miners. Random words appear in your status bar and give the appearance that the program is working; but beyond that, there's no way to tell what TrackMeNot is doing. The program doesn't include a feature for monitoring data mining activity.

TrackMeNot shouldn't be your only line of defense, but it might help throw data miners off track.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is one tool of many to fight against data miners"

    May 17, 2010  |   By dannyringo

    Version: TrackMeNot 0.5.17

    Pros

    I have it set for 10 scans per minute and I think it is really cool, like the web bot~!

    Cons

    NONE noted at all.

    Summary

    I use this tool with firefox, key scrambler free, microsoft security essentials, advanced systemcare free and hotspot shield....Check you computer out at "Shields Up" and see how it fares in a before and after....I think you will be pleased at the results...Especially if you are at an open WiFi coffee shop with no encryption....I feel safe and secureand know I cannot be hacked/hijacked/trojan horsed .....Tough as a Mac~!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "You CAN watch it work..."

    May 21, 2008  |   By rigpigz

    Version: TrackMeNot 0.5.17

    Pros

    ...just keep a eye on the status bar for what appear to be web searches. I have had the TMN plug-in for a year and have noticed a definite reduction in survey pop-ups etc. Have written review after re-install so for what it's worth, I've come back to it...

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