If I could choose only three browser add-ons, these would be the ones.
These have been very helpful to me, and I haven't seem them discussed on HWA "freeware", but I consider them to be critical browser add-ons that help to protect my personal privacy and help reduce the risk of Identity Theft on the internet.
While the new voluntary "opt-out" policy of many advertisers is encouraging, I prefer something that doesn't depend on the voluntary compliance of what is the internet equivalent of the largely ineffective "Do Not Call" telephone registry and DirectMail.com
’s National "Do Not Mail" junkmail list.
I've used all three of these and have been very impressed. They are quite effective and flexible. For example, you can individually specify which websites or agencies you wish to unblock. (which may be required on some websites where tracking is built-into the functionality (e.g. facebook.com
, etc). However, blocking Facebook tracking on NON
-Facebook websites that happen to use Facebook "buttons" is still automatically enabled but you can opt-in and allow tracking if desired
. However, if you allow blocking Facebook tracking on a website, DoNotTrackMe will still try to let work the Facebook "share" buttons and similar...you just won't be tracked by Facebook when you do. If you still do have problems with the Facebook buttons on a given website, and just "must" use them, of course you will have to opt-in and allow Facebook to track you on that website.
The point is, they're flexible. The first two offer auto-updating "subscription lists" you can choose to use or not. If you do use them, they automatically update with the latest advertisers/trackers considered "non-optimal". In this regard, they're similar to antivirus programs that keep track of new/evolving malware and auto-update your computer to better protect it. Better Privacy
simply defaults to eliminating ALL of the "LSOs" it finds. You can create a whitelist if desired.
On websites you support (HWA for instance) you may wish to create a whitelist (opt-in list) for some or all of the advertising/trackers...it's up to you. For example, I could disallow Facebook advertising/tracking while still allowing ads from other companies to be displayed.
Over 150,000 tracking attempts blocked by DoNotTrack... since installation!
Since I installed the older version DoNotTrackPlus
(replaced by DoNotTrackMe
) earlier this year, DNT has blocked over 150,000 attempts to track my internet activities/personal information by "social networks", "ad networks", and "companies" (it hasn't reported anything about blocking tracking by any 3-letter government "Alphabet Agencies")
I've only run into a handfull of websites where I had to intervene and manually adjust the blocking settings.
auto-creates quite a few filters. There are a couple filter categories that when you see them in the "preferences" list, they are designated with a "snail" icon. Too many of these "Snail" filters and AdBlockPlus
may slightly slow-down the browser. So far, it's created about 20 of these "snail" filters on my general purpose system but I've not yet seen any real impact. Yet again, you have the option to disable these filters if browser performance begins to be negatively impacted on your system.
As for Better Privacy
, I've set the auto-delete super cookies timer interval to as short as 12 seconds with no obvious negative effects. You can opt to have Better Privacy
pop-up an on-screen status line alert when it encounters such a cookie, but I opted to disable that function...it was very intrusive at that frequency on web pages that used a lot of these kinds of cookies....especially auto-refreshing webpages. A longer interval (e.g. 60 seconds) is still effective.
Block undesired advertising/pop-ups
by Wladimir Palant
Annoyed by adverts? Troubled by tracking? Bothered by banners? Install Adblock Plus now to regain control of the internet and change the way that you view the web.
A short video overview is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNvb2SjVjjI
(formerly DoNotTrack Plus, etc) Online Privacy Protection
by Abine, Inc., the online privacy company
DoNotTrackMe protects your privacy by blocking online tracking. DNTMe blocks ads and cookies with tracking, prevents data collection, and keeps your private browsing what it should be – private. Stop web tracking of your browsing activity now.
For more info, see https://www.abine.com/how-donottrackme-works/
"Super Cookie" control
Remove or manage a new and uncommon kind of cookies, better known as LSO's.The BetterPrivacy safeguard offers various ways to handle Flash-cookies set by Google, YouTube, eBay
BetterPrivacy allows to list and manage Flash-cookies, e.g. to remove those objects automatically on browser start, browser exit or by a configurable timer function while certain desired Flash cookies can be excluded from automatic deletion.