SCREENSHOT OF APP INTERFACE:
|App Name||Do Not Track Plus (DNT+) by Abine.|
|App URL||Mozilla add-ons|
|App Version Reviewed||Freeware Firefox add-on version 2.0.6 (as at 2012-02-17)|
|Test System Specs||Here is a comparison table of features between different versions of Firefox privacy management tools/add-ons (e.g., including Ghostery):|
Note: Detailed features and a concise 2-minute guided tour video are here.
|Supported OSes||Current versions of the Firefox browser.|
- Online Chat
|Upgrade Policy||Automatic free upgrades to newer versions of the add-on. (Other paid-for tools also available.)|
|Trial Version Available?||This is an uncrippled FREE/trial version.|
|Pricing Scheme||(Not applicable.)|
(No screenshot - not necessary.) The 2-minute guided tour video explains it very concisely.Note:
There is a green DNT+ icon (button) in the top RHS corner of the browser menu bar.Introduction:
A Firefox add-on for enhanced privacy management.EDIT: 2012-02-18 1410hrs
DNT+ is not an ad-blocker. It blocks personal data tracking cookies that are used to track your online activity on the Internet.Overview:
(It is thus similar to the Firefox Ghostery add-on.)
This is a privacy improvement/management tool and seems to be quite sophisticated.
It replaces "Do not track me" cookies in place of cookies set in your browser.
(For example, similar to, but not as flexible as, what you could do with the now defunct JunkBuster proxy's "cookie jar", some years back.)Who this app is designed for:
Anybody who is concerned about the remorseless invasion of privacy by marketing data companie, who collect tracking data about your personal activity on the web, and sell it to advertisers for targeted advertising - e.g., Google, Facebook, double-click, etc.The Good:
An excellent add-on.
Seems to perform its job very well. It runs unobtrusively and has no perceptible performance overhead impacting the browser. The needs improvement section:
I have not observed that anything needs improvement. No annoyances.
(Automatic updates will cope cope with changes to Firefox, improvements and bug-fixes.)Why I think you should use this product:
If you are concerned about the remorseless invasion of privacy by marketing data companies, who collect tracking data about your personal activity on the web, then you need this add-on and will be able to put it to good use.How it compares to similar apps:
My experience is that it overlaps with some of the functionality of the now-defunct JunkBuster, and may supersede the (very good) Firefox Ghostery add-on.
Like Ghostery, DNT+ also provides information about the tracking that you are being exposed to and that is being blocked.Conclusions:
Superb. AAA+ rating.
Does what it says it does, and very well.
I found it worthwhile reading the other users' reviews of this add-on on the Mozilla site.EDIT: 2012-02-18 0026hrs
Google Circumvents Safari Privacy Protections - This is Why We Need Do Not Track
A signal weakness of the DNT+ approach would seem to be that it relies on trust, and that trust has apparently already been breached by Google in the case of the Safari browser's DNT approach.