Disconnect 2 Speeds Up The Web While Blocking Third-Party Tracking

Firefox/Chrome: Disconnect has always been one of our favourite privacy protecting browser extensions. Now Disconnect is even faster, and speeds up the web by shutting down ad-trackers, social widgets and other snooping elements before they load, resulting in faster load times and less bandwidth consumed.

In addition to keeping your data safe from third-party trackers, Disconnect also encrypts your traffic over Wi-Fi, and breaks up the tracking elements into categories so you can see which ones are specifically advertisers, which ones are necessary for the site you're visiting, which ones are harmless analytics, and which ones are social (Facebook, Twitter and so forth). This way you don’t just see a bunch of numbers and think everything's bad -- you get a little context. You can still block whatever you choose.

The other major change is that Disconnect has moved to a "pay what you want" model to try and raise money to continue development, and for non-profit organisations that champion internet privacy. Similar to a Humble Bundle, you can specify how much of your purchase goes to the developers and how much goes to charity. You can still download the app for free if you choose, but you have to specify $0.00 before you can get it. Hit the link below to read more, or grab the extension.

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    I've been using Disconnect for a while now and it's surprising to see how many of these SM widgets are implanted to the sites I visit.

    Interested in checking out the expanded version.

    I use Ghostery, personally. I may try Disconnect for comparison but Ghostery has been flawless for me thus far.

      Also doesn't screw up pages like AdBlock. :)

        I have Adblock installed as well, but it's only half the beast it should be in Chrome because the API access isn't there for it to function as effectively as it does in Firefox. Where Firefox's can actually actually stop requests to bad resources, Chrome's version has to download everything first, then hide the parts you don't want to see. Unfortunately it still consumes the bandwidth of the full page load.

        Last year I remember hearing that Chrome was working on a blocking API to solve that limitation, but I haven't heard anything since. That makes me sad, because Chrome is otherwise an excellent browser that runs much faster and much lighter than Firefox does.

      Ghostery, HTTPS Everywhere and Adblock for me. I like that Ghostery actually tells you what it blocks as well.

      Does everyone just block everything using Ghostery and then whitelist websites that have issues or that they don't want blocked? Just trying to figure out the best way to use it.

        I've had a few compromises in the past that were quite difficult to get rid of, so I have mine set to block everything and then whitelist certain services as needed. I know that Disqus doesn't work if you have 'block everything' as your default behaviour in Ghostery, but I've added an exception to that. My rule is that I'll only whitelist something if A) it's needed for the page to function correctly, -and- B) it's from a trustworthy service.

    This is my exact setup too. Works like a charm. Though I wouldn't mind having all these rolled into one.

    I'm no sure if disconnect is working as hard on my machine because I've installed the hosts file from http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

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