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A must-have Firefox Add-On

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posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 08:31 AM
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Disconnect is a little smart filter utility that blocks many of the invisible sites that track you online.
I installed it on a friend's annoyingly slow laptop and it sped up the browsing quite a bit.
Pages are loading much faster. It surprised me.



Once installed, a "D" character" will appear in the upper right menubartaskbar. When you click the little "D", this monitor screen appears:
(It displays a few stats, like who's tracking you, and how much bandwidth you're saving)


Install it right from your Firefox browser 'Add-Ons' option, or get it here:
(The site has a quick video that describes how Disconnect works.)
Disconnect


edit on 15-7-2014 by ColeYounger because: spelling!




posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 08:32 AM
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a reply to: ColeYounger

Thanks!



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 08:43 AM
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FYI — the same link also has the Disconnect plugin for Chrome.



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 08:44 AM
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a reply to: ColeYounger

Is this similar to Ghostery? That and ABE are what I'm currently running on Opera, but Ghostery is available for FF as well.



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 08:59 AM
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a reply to: CloudsTasteMetallic

It appears to be similar to Ghostery. I installed some add-ons on my neighbor's laptop in the past, including Ghostery.
It didn't speed up the page loading like Disconnect does.
She is seeing some remarkable speed increases on some of her favorite sites.



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 08:59 AM
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posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 09:01 AM
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So you gotta pay to use this thing? What a rip off...



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 09:02 AM
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originally posted by: Skywatcher2011
So you gotta pay to use this thing? What a rip off...


No, it's free.



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 09:04 AM
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originally posted by: ColeYounger

originally posted by: Skywatcher2011
So you gotta pay to use this thing? What a rip off...


No, it's free.




posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 09:05 AM
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I did the try it first deal...will see how it is...but knowing it being a "trial" not sure how this trial will last for...



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 09:11 AM
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a reply to: ColeYounger

I gave you an S&F for this because I did notice my pages loading much faster than usual...this Disconnect thing does seem to work...for now



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 09:12 AM
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a reply to: Skywatcher2011
in the box you can put the amount you want to pay. just put $0



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 09:19 AM
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a reply to: ColeYounger

Awesome, thanks. I'll look into it.

Hopefully its available for Opera, as I'm just not too crazy about Firefox when I tried it.
edit on 7152014 by CloudsTasteMetallic because: (no reason given)



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 09:24 AM
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originally posted by: Skywatcher2011
So you gotta pay to use this thing? What a rip off...


Their terms suggest that since it's open source, you can "contribute to the cause" if you want to.
I don't see anywhere that states outright whether it's 100% free, nor do I see anything about a free trial.

I have seen some browser add-ons that aren't free, but there's always a mention of it somewhere in the terms.



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 09:39 AM
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originally posted by: CloudsTasteMetallic
a reply to: ColeYounger

Awesome, thanks. I'll look into it.

Hopefully its available for Opera, as I'm just not too crazy about Firefox when I tried it.


You've probably found this already, but just in case:

Disconnect for Opera



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 10:32 AM
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a reply to: ColeYounger

Thanks! Actually, It was one of the top recommended extensions, and as a double bonus, I found out I was running a waaaay old version of Opera and had to update before installing.

It's like a night and day difference with Disconnect running.
Great find. Can't recommend it enough.

Now running Ghostery, AB Edge, HTTPS Everywhere, and Disconnect. Anything else good out there you'd suggest?



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 01:04 PM
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a reply to: CloudsTasteMetallic

I also use BetterPrivacy. (it's 100% free) It removes FSOs (flash cookies). Those tracking cookies can be stubborn.
Some of them NEVER expire. eBay, as one example, has really persistent FSOs.
Some of these types of cookies can be harmful. They're way too invasive on your privacy.

Better Privacy will scrub even the most persistent FSOs from your browser.

BetterPrivacy



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 01:22 PM
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Thanks!

This actually works



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 02:04 PM
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a reply to: ColeYounger

Thanks. Even though I'm only twenty-something... I might as well be amish when it comes to keeping up with tech. Much appreciated.



posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 06:29 AM
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I'm currently 17% faster on ATS with this add-on. Which okay, amounts to 0.4 seconds. But still.



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