Track Me Not

Browser Add-on
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Browser add-on that limits your profiling by search engines.

Basic info

The Track Me Not browser extension interferes with profiling practices by periodically randomising your web searches - a process otherwise known as 'noise' or 'obfuscation'. The idea is that your actual search queries get lost in a cloud of false information, i.e. hidden in plain view. Track Me Not works with the most popular search engines, such as Google, AOL, Yahoo! and Bing.


Tool type: Browser add-on
Ease of use: Easy to install and stable while in use
Open Source: Yes
Encryption support: No
Benefits: TrackMeNot uses noise and obfuscation to limit user profiling. It hides users' actual search trails in a cloud of 'ghost' queries, significantly increasing the difficulty of aggregating search data into accurate or identifiable user profiles.
Limitations: The effectiveness of obfuscation in searches is debatable. In theory, the tactic of obfuscation works well against tracking and surveillance, but critics such as Bruce Schneier have criticised the effectiveness of this particular app.
Independent code audited: "None that we know of"
Cost: Free of charge
Language: English
Compatibility: Firefox or Chrome Browser
Developed by: NYU Media Research Lab and Computer Science Department
Version as of this writing: 0.9.1
Website: Track Me Not Add-on

Info last updated: 2 February 2016

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