Disconnect.me is a Chrome extension that my VA read about this weekend and thought might be helpful to share with readers here.
Disconnect.me: What it does
Hundreds of websites track your searching and surfing data on-line. For businesses, this can provide very helpful information; but for those who are also concerned about their privacy, it can feel like an invasion. Disconnect.me allows you to have a hand in deciding how your data is tracked on-line.
Before we look at how Disconnect.me works, however, here’s a look at how many tracking sites are checking your data when you visit a site like MSNBC.com.
It’s sobering, isn’t it? The sites enclosed in a red circle are known tracking sites. If you click on the image, you can see a larger version. And when actually using Disconnect.me, mousing over any one of the circles will give you more information about that particular site.
Clearly, your clicks are being closely scrutinized!
If you’d like to have a bit more of a say in who gets to view and track your internet activity, then Disconnect.me is a tool that you might want to take a moment to explore further.
Disconnect.me: How it works
Here is a brief video, giving an overview of how Disconnect.me works.
And this video offers a detailed overview of wireless security and how Disconnect.me can help significantly beef up your safety and privacy (without curtailing your on-line experience).
Disconnect.me: How you get it
Disconnect.me is open source software; however, users are invited to contribute what they can for this browser extension. Users can also designate a portion of whatever they pay to go to a charity.
Disconnect.me works with Chrome, Firefox and Safari, and as an added bonus, it enhances your browser’s speed and reduces bandwidth usage.
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