Disconnect
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Visualize and block the invisible websites that track you.   Free
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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
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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Disconnect User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Coffeemick commented on 29 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 3.0.3]

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Coffeemick replied on 29 Oct 2013
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.
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Hawk reviewed on 27 Aug 2013
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.
[Version 3.0.3]


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Aadams77 commented on 13 Aug 2013
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
[Version 3.0.3]


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Phaleron commented on 13 Aug 2013
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.
[Version 3.0.3]

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Aadams77 replied on 13 Aug 2013
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.)
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Phaleron replied on 14 Aug 2013
@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.
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Aadams77 replied on 14 Aug 2013
@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…
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Wickedsp1d3r commented on 13 Aug 2013
How is Disconnect's database / tracking list updated, automatically? Threw a question on Twitter but no answer.
[Version 3.0.3]


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Rpmurray commented on 13 Aug 2013
How much of my personal information is sent back to Disconnect so that they can sell it to others?
[Version 3.0.3]


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bbw7 commented on 13 Aug 2013
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
[Version 3.0.3]


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deputat rated on 13 Aug 2013

[Version 3.0.3]


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Version Downloads:522
Type:Utilities : Security
License:Free
Date:13 Aug 2013
Platform:OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 button to see and block or unblock the requests.
  • Dropdown. The dropdown shows you the number of tracking requests on a page by company. Green or checked means the requests are blocked. Gray or unchecked means they're unblocked. Click any icon or checkbox to block or unblock requests.
  • Navbar. The navbar links to helpful pages.
  • Common Tracking Sites. Common tracking sites -- Facebook, Google, and Twitter -- are shown separately to make them easy to block or unblock. Click any icon to block or unblock a site.
  • Other Tracking Sites. Other tracking sites are shown by category -- advertising, analytics, social networking, and content -- and company. Click any arrow to show or hide the companies in a category. Click any icon to block or unblock a category. Click any checkbox to block or unblock a company.
  • Options:
    • The Whitelist site or Blacklist site button lets you unblock or block all the requests on the site you're on. Your preference will be remembered the next time you go to the site.
    • The Visualize page button lets you graph the requests on the site you're on. See that view for more instructions.
    • The Secure Wi-Fi checkbox lets you prevent wireless eavesdropping by forcing sites to encrypt your data whenever possible.
  • Dashboard. The dashboard shows you Disconnect's effect on the page you're on -- the time and bandwidth you saved and the number of Wi-Fi requests you secured. Click the Facebook or Twitter icons to share these stats with your friends.


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