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Note: Although Disconnect is listed as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to support development of this plug-in.

Disconnect crawls the Web to find the companies that track people, then works in your browser to block tracking requests from those companies.

Features

  • Toolbar Button. The toolbar button lives at the top of your browser and shows you the total number of tracking requests on every page you go to. Green means all the requests on a page are blocked. Gray means some are unblocked. Click the more...

What's New

Version 3.0.3: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • One of the following:
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Opera
    • Safari

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BigJohnson Member IconComment+170
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This version has a bug that causes errors to appear in the Error Console for every page.

Don't know if it's causing Safari to slow down or any other problems.

Developer is aware of the problem - I received this reply two weeks ago:
"that error message is not normal. We have an issue in our bug tracker for this problem, and we're looking into what's causing it. Hopefully we'll have a fix for this really soon."

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Version 3.0.3
BigJohnson
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I was wrong - it DOES cause Safari to be unusable, at least on my system. I thought it was caused solely by AdBlock's experimental feature but it turns out that this also causes massively high CPU usage.

I had disabled it a couple weeks ago when I discovered the Error Console bug, then after writing the comment above I enabled it again.
With it enabled Safari uses 85-99% of my CPU and most actions (opening a link, switching tabs, switching apps etc.) throws a beach ball for

When I disable it Safari drops to 0.1-2% within 5 seconds!

Wickedsp1d3r
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Yes, I added the issue to their GitHub repository. No updates or fixes on this yet. I think this is a serious issue (at least for developers), and you can't filter these errors out in Safari's console.

I prefer Disconnect over other similar privacy extensions, most because of its open-sourceness. However on Safari, it is much more unstable than on other modern browsers. I am hoping things will turn better soon.

KellyK4882 Member IconReview+0
KellyK4882
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Increase browsers performance by not connecting to tracking sites.

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Version 3.0.3
Coffeemick Member IconComment+28
Coffeemick
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The screenshot having different rows for Advertising, Analytics etc. is for Google Chrome, not Safari. Disconnect for Chrome is at version 5.x while the Safari version is still stuck at 3.0.3. And that's a *huge* difference in functionality.

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Version 3.0.3
Coffeemick
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Update:

If you don't get the above screenshot read about resetting Safari over there in the comments: https://blog.disconnect.me/disconnect-2-for-safari-and-opera

The reason is you're having an old cached version of Disconnect which cannot easily removed by just uninstalling or automatic updating.

Hawk Member IconReview+19
Hawk
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Attention is necessary for the thing that screenshot is not for Safari, and is for Firefox.
In addition, it is for Firefox, and it is for Safari, and an implemented thing is not implemented functionally.
Generally, a developer is really insincere because I do not think that ver.0.4 shows such a function difference.

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Version 3.0.3
Aadams77 Member IconComment+16
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If you are concerned about your digital privacy, I would recommend reading this recent (April 24, 2013) Lifehacker article:
"The Best Browser Extensions that Protect Your Privacy"
http://lifehacker.com/the-best-browser-extensions-that-protect-your-privacy-479408034

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Version 3.0.3
Phaleron Member IconComment+97
Phaleron
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If done right, this could rival Little Snitch and Hands Off. I am particularly interested in the per-site access control, i.e. cutting Google.analytics cookies for some sites but not other. To my knowledge (and I could be wrong) this control is still lacking in both LS and HO, which are rather application-oriented, instead of site-oriented.

I'll be watching development for this tool with interest.

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Version 3.0.3
Aadams77
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Indeed, comparing LS or HO to a website tracking blocker such as Disconnect is an apples to oranges comparison.

While each of the above are useful tools to help safeguard digital privacy, LS and HO are focused upon monitoring and preventing installed applications "phoning home" without your approval.

Disconnect, DoNotTrackMe, and similar are focused upon preventing the invisible tracking of your activities by websites such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter (which is then primarily used to increase targeted advertising).

One selection from each security "type" would coincide well to help increase the level of digital privacy security on your computer. (Personally, I greatly prefer LS over HO…and I would go with either Disconnect or DoNotTrackMe, along with some form of AdBlocker for your web browser.)

Phaleron
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@Aadams77

Didn't know about DoNotTrackMe. Thanks, I will download it. I upgraded Little Snitch under the false impression I could now set access preferences for each site.

I agree LS is great, but Hands Off (which I recently got as well) has a great feature LS is missing: file-level protection. I don't think HO is inferior to LS. In the past couple of months of using both, I am spending more time in HO than LS.

Aadams77
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@Phaleron

Right on. Glad that you were able to gather a pearl or two from my reply. I would basically say the same about HO, it's not at all a bad application…I just prefer using LS, myself (and would suggest to ANYONE, try out both and pick one, they provide a necessary service to anyone who values a degree of digital privacy.)

I read a few times in a few places that while Disconnect and DoNotTrackMe should NOT conflict, they essentially offer duplicate services using few resources. Test them both out, I would suggest picking either of the two (Ghostery has recently come under fire for potentially employing compromised morality in catering to BOTH end users AND advertisers.)

For more information on protecting your digital privacy, I would suggest visiting the April 24, 2013 Lifehacker article that I referenced in the post above yours…

Wickedsp1d3r Member IconComment+124
Wickedsp1d3r
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How is Disconnect's database / tracking list updated, automatically? Threw a question on Twitter but no answer.

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Version 3.0.3
Rpmurray Member IconComment+58
Rpmurray
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How much of my personal information is sent back to Disconnect so that they can sell it to others?

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Version 3.0.3
bbw7 Member IconComment+313
bbw7
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It would be very helpful for the product description say what this is in fact: i.e. browser plug-ins/add-ons/extensions for the four browsers listed. For Safari, FF and Opera, you can download the files and install them one's self, but you need to be using Chrome to install its plugin -- or it appears you get it here:

https://github.com/disconnectme/disconnect/blob/master/builds/disconnect.crx

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Version 3.0.3
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Version 3.0.3
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Downloads 690
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License
Date 13 Aug 2013
Platform OS X
Price Free