Disconnect
Disconnect
1.0

2.8

Disconnect free download for Mac

Disconnect

1.0
11 March 2015

Privacy protection on all of your devices.

Overview

Disconnect, with more than three million customers, is the easiest way to protect your privacy on all of your devices - iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows. Disconnect protects your privacy in six ways.

  • First, it lets you see all of the invisible tracking and unsecured connections on the websites you visit and the apps you use (Free).
  • Second, it lets you search privately and securely using your favorite search engine, including Google, Bing, and Yahoo (Free).
  • Third, it routes all of your traffic through an encrypted tunnel to prevent wireless eavesdropping, secure your connections, and protect sensitive personal info (Paid).
  • Fourth, it blocks 5000+ malicious trackers, sources of malware, and identity theft threats (Paid).
  • Fifth, it defeats Internet censorship and allows you to access content freely without revealing your true location and IP address (Paid).
  • Sixth, it lets you easily understand - at a glance - the privacy policies of 1000s of sites, plus other details about how your data is collected and used (Paid).

Our team includes engineers who previously worked for Google and the NSA, so we are intimately familiar with online tracking and how to stop it. Our business model is based 100% on consumer payments, so we have no reason to advertise to you or to collect your data. Our software is Open Source, so anyone can verify how it works, confirming that we don't keep any of your information. We have been featured in over 500 press articles over the last two years, including an appearance on 60 Minutes. We are one of the of the first certified B Corps in the technology industry, a reflection of the fact that we see ourselves as both a for-profit company and a consumer advocacy organization.

What's new in Disconnect

Version 1.0:

Note: Although Finder indicates that this is version 38.0.2125.104, the developer states that this is version 1.0.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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11 Disconnect Reviews

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Derekcurrie
11 March 2015

Most helpful

Details:
- This version is dated March 2, 2015. I have no idea why the developer is refusing to use any kind of version identification beyond just 0.00.
- The premium version costs $5 per month or $50 per year at this time. The price includes access to Disconnect's extensive OpenVPN (virtual private network) service and tracking removal. (Note that VPN software has been under attack this past year and that some has been compromised).
- This is a desktop version that does not interact with any web browsers except to forward searches you enter. You must install Disconnect extensions for each supported web browser for further services.
- Disconnect is not a full ad blocker. It only blocks 'malvertising' (think MacKeeper ad nauseam) that can be potentially harmful.
- At this time there is no user control in either version of cookies or ad blocking. Use other applications for that purpose, such as Cookie, Cookie Stumbler or Ad Blocker.

Overall, Disconnect is garnering a good reputation for what it does. It doesn't pull any subversive moves that I can find, no feeding you to Google Analytics (unlike some similar software I won't mention).
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Version 1.0
Dberry
09 July 2015
MacUpdate needs to update this listing... the download link now gives Disconnect+Desktop v2.0.pkg (dated 6/29/15), which installs a version showing Version 41.0.2272.76 (2272.76) in the "About" window. This seems to be much improved, and thus far has caused no problems with Safari under 10.10.4. Unfortunately, I paid for a year back in the early days (donation-ware) and didn't get a code, which is required to activate Premium now.
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Version 1.0
Derekcurrie
11 March 2015
Details:
- This version is dated March 2, 2015. I have no idea why the developer is refusing to use any kind of version identification beyond just 0.00.
- The premium version costs $5 per month or $50 per year at this time. The price includes access to Disconnect's extensive OpenVPN (virtual private network) service and tracking removal. (Note that VPN software has been under attack this past year and that some has been compromised).
- This is a desktop version that does not interact with any web browsers except to forward searches you enter. You must install Disconnect extensions for each supported web browser for further services.
- Disconnect is not a full ad blocker. It only blocks 'malvertising' (think MacKeeper ad nauseam) that can be potentially harmful.
- At this time there is no user control in either version of cookies or ad blocking. Use other applications for that purpose, such as Cookie, Cookie Stumbler or Ad Blocker.

Overall, Disconnect is garnering a good reputation for what it does. It doesn't pull any subversive moves that I can find, no feeding you to Google Analytics (unlike some similar software I won't mention).
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Version 1.0
Big Johnson
25 May 2014
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
2 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
27 May 2014
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!
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wickedsp1d3r
wickedsp1d3r
29 May 2014
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.
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KellyK4882
25 May 2014
Increase browsers performance by not connecting to tracking sites.
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Version 3.0.3
anonymous-buzzard-3462
29 October 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.
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Version 3.0.3
1 answer(s)
anonymous-buzzard-3462
anonymous-buzzard-3462
29 October 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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anonymous-thrush-1121
27 August 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.
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Version 3.0.3
Aadams77
13 August 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
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Version 3.0.3
Phaleron
13 August 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.
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Version 3.0.3
3 answer(s)
Aadams77
Aadams77
14 August 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
Phaleron
14 August 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
Aadams77
14 August 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
13 August 2013
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
13 August 2013
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