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First Look: DoNotTrackMe simplifies tracking blocking

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First Look: DoNotTrackMe simplifies tracking blocking

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Abine's DoNotTrack Plus add-on revamps as DoNotTrackMe, simplifying its robust tracking protection while providing you with more info on how Web sites follow your every move.

-At the intersection of browsers and securities, it's a small but feisty group of add-on; and one of the best is Do Not Track Me. I am Seth Rosenblatt for CNET. And today, we're taking a First Look at Do Not Track Me, which blocks trackers from following you around the web. Originally known as Do Not Track Plus, Do Not Track Me has more to it than just the name change. Do Not Track Me has dropped advertiser opt out cookies, a small change that eliminates confusion about different types of cookies while increasing your protection. There's a new add-on icon, a simple cross hair. Now, in addition to indicating how many trackers are blocked on the site you're currently visiting, it also warns you about social networking news, tracking habits, and Windows site make privacy policy changes. DNT Me has a new look too that makes it easier to check up on. A chart front and center gives a helpful visual to the esoteric concept of tracker blocking. [unk] has also highlighted links to its blog posts that focus on privacy and explaining how sites track you. Of course, they're also pimping their paid privacy services, but it's remarkably unobtrusive. And the add-on still does its unique rebuilding of social networking buttons so even though you're blocking trackers, you're not killing off the benefits of the modern web. The add-on works with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer, but not Opera. Online privacy is a hard place to make a buck when companies and governments are doing their best to violate yours. Fortunately, Do Not Track Me remains free and it also remains one of the best add-ons in this space. A First Look at Do Not Track Me, I am Seth Rosenblatt.

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