Would you be okay with someone stalking you online? It sounds creepy. Yet, this is something that over 600 companies do to users all over the internet on a daily basis. If you don’t like companies following you and profiting off of your information, you don’t have to let them.
Just about every website on the web has trackers that will install a cookie in your browser. One way to prevent this from happening is to disable cookies. The problem with that though, is many websites like Gmail and Facebook, require them to function. To get around this, its possible to replace the cookies with an anonymous generic cookie while also removing long-term cookies. That is where the Do Not Track Plus extension comes in.
The plugin developer, Albine, takes a pro-active stance on privacy stating “we want you to learn how tracking works and your legal right to put a stop to such invasions.” And the Do Not Track plugin is rather educational. Unlike Adblock, Scriptblock, Disconnect or Ghostery, Do Not Track doesn’t interfere with website browsing. Do Not Track Plus has a nifty interface that only appears when you click it from your browser. The amount of information found in this pop-up extension window is exceptional. Not only does it categorize trackers and list their names, it also explains who each tracker is and what they do with your information.
With other blockers I’ve used, social networking buttons break completely. DNT+ gives the option to enable and use them, but still does its best to prevent social network buttons from tracking you. According to Albine, with DNT+ enabled these sites will only be able to track when you click on them, and nothing other than the button click will be recorded.
The Do Not Track Plugin works on Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari. You can download it here:
Do you have a favorite Internet Browser plugin for privacy? Tell us about it in the comments!