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Disable third party’s from tracking your browsing history/habits

Most of you must be aware of the fact that whenever you browse a webpage, it is being tracked by one or the other third party services like Digg, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo etc. This tracking is used for various purposes like advertising. Even though most of these third parties claim the data collection is non-personal and is done in way so that it cant identify you directly, its still a privacy concern for many of us. Today we will talk about a small but great Firefox addon Disconnect which can help you block these third parties from tracking your browsing history or habits.

Disconnect lets you:

  • Disable tracking by third parties like Digg, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo, without requiring any setup or significantly degrading the usability of the web.
  • See how many resource requests are blocked, in real time.
  • Easily unblock services, by clicking the toolbar button then services (and reloading current pages) — e.g., so you can play games on Facebook.

After you install this addon, it blocks tracking by digg, facebook, google, twitter, yahoo etc whenever you open a webpage. You can just click on the “d” icon beside your address bar to see how many trackings have been blocked.

It looks quite effective if you are concerned about your privacy and dont want to share your browsing habits with these third party trackers.

Get Disconnect Addon here.

Update:- Not sure why the mozilla link isnt working now as I did the testing after downloading from that link only.

Anyway, here is softpedia link if you still want to give it a try.

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13 comments… add one
  • Ashwin April 18, 2011, 10:28 AM

    Sounds similar to the Ghostery add-on.

    Worth a shot

  • Newnewyh April 18, 2011, 12:52 PM

    We’re sorry, but we can’t find what you’re looking for.

    tha page is missing ????

    • Avinash April 19, 2011, 9:14 PM

      Which page u r talking abt?

      • jelson April 20, 2011, 10:50 AM

        The link to grab the add-on for FF

        click and you get “We’re sorry, but we can’t find what you’re looking for.”

  • ittech April 18, 2011, 5:52 PM

    I like Opera what is about it any opera suggestions

  • Grr April 18, 2011, 8:07 PM

    looks good, may give it a try

  • Joel April 19, 2011, 12:17 AM

    We’re sorry, but we can’t find what you’re looking for. What happened?

  • jelson April 19, 2011, 12:57 PM

    I had this add-on on Chrome (prior system image)

    Here’s their main page: http://www.disconnectere.com/

    Apparently, it’s available for Chrome, RockMelt & Safari

  • Avinash April 19, 2011, 9:12 PM

    Test comment using mobile

  • Fish April 19, 2011, 11:21 PM

    Hi Av,

    Excellent idea which I’ve been looking for! However (probably because of my Ghostery extension?), Disconnect drags my Firefox browser down to a crawl. I had to disable it.

    The only thing I got out of blocking Google’s ever-present trackers (2) is disabling captctha codes, which is easily toggled on and off. With blockers on or off, running Disconnect in the background still slows my browsing experience ten times or more. I have 10Meg ADSL connection (3.5-4.5 in reality).

    I hope the developer finds a way to clear such serious bottleneck.

    Thanks a lot.

    Fish

    • Avinash April 20, 2011, 11:19 AM

      I have tested it on my FF browser but yes without ghostry addon. I didnt notice any drop in speeed etc or any slowdown of FF. Everything works as it should.

  • Newnewyh April 23, 2011, 12:18 PM

    Admin next time try searching for a new links for a dead or alternative links on your blog

    Here is Disconnect For firefox
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Internet-Applications-Addons/Mozilla-Extensions/Disconnect.shtml

  • Ashwin May 31, 2011, 7:43 AM

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