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Protect Your Privacy When Browsing with Chrome and Iron Browser

Are you tired of third parties tracking the webpages you visit and/or your web searches? Then get ready to put an end to it with the Disconnect extension for Chrome and Iron browser.

As you can see above Disconnect does not hesitate to catch attempts at tracking your browsing habits. If there is a website that you would like to allow tracking for simply click on that listing in the drop-down window. The listing will “gray out” and can be reactivated by clicking on it again.

Note: The extension even caught a Google cookie at the extension’s homepage on our system after being installed for just a few moments (no page refreshing was required). So this is definitely a go-getter extension…

Here are details about Disconnect from the extension homepage:

  • Disable tracking by third parties like Digg, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo, without requiring any setup or significantly degrading the usability of the web.
  • Truly depersonalize searches on search engines like Google and Yahoo (by blocking identifying cookies not just changing the appearance of results pages), while staying logged into other services — e.g., so you can search anonymously on Google and access iGoogle at once.
  • See how many resource and cookie requests are blocked, in real time.
  • Easily unblock services, by clicking the toolbar button then services (and reloading current pages) — e.g., so you can play games on Facebook.

Disconnect [Google Chrome Extensions]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/16/10

Comments (5)

  1. Technobabble

    How does this differ from Ghostery?

  2. nt0xik8ed

    makes me like iron even more, every browser should have noscript type extension. not to still be picking on lifehacker, but there’s an enormous amount of cookies that show up in noscript.

  3. purimcarnival

    How does this compare to Notscript?

  4. Nathan

    N00B question of the day:

    Can third party trackers still do their thing even if your using private browsing?

    i.e. Incognito for Google Chrome?


  5. `gene

    @Nathan they can track that session, and possible attach it to you via your IP address.

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