Figuring Out Do Not Track (DNT)

Do Not Track is supposed to be simple. And yes if you want to activate it in Firefox it is easy — simply check the box labeled: Tell websites I do not want to be tracked. But if you are using a browser that doesn’t support it or actually want to test if it is turned on (especially if you are using one of the many confusing chrome extensions), that is not so easy. If you try to do a Google search for “test do not track,” you get a Microsoft page that claims it tests if Do Not Track is set, but actually does nothing of the sort. All the rest of the links are useless.

After much searching I finally found a page (donottrack.us) that tells you if your browser supports Do Not Track and if it is enabled — which again is useful if you are using a chrome extension. The only problem this feature of the site isn’t highlighted it’s under an inconspicuous sidebar titled:  For users and it just looks like some regular text and links.

After finding a reliable way to see if a chrome extension turns on Do Not Track, I could finally start evaluating Chrome extensions. I could not find one that simply said turn on Do Not Track, but I ended up settling for one called Do Not Track Plus, which passed the test on the donottrack.us website above.

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