TrackMeNot

By Deane Barker on August 31, 2006

TrackMeNot: Would this really make a difference? Probably not, but it’s an interesting idea.

TrackMeNot runs in Firefox as a low-priority background process that periodically issues randomized search-queries to popular search engines, e.g., AOL, Yahoo!, Google, and MSN. It hides users’ actual search trails in a cloud of ‘ghost’ queries, significantly increasing the difficulty of aggregating such data into accurate or identifying user profiles.

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Comments

  1. TrackMeNot sucks. I got it the first day it came out, and immediatly I got 69 viruses and my computer crashed then caught on fire.

  2. the firefox extension trackmenot (http://mrl.nyu.edu/~dhowe/TrackMeNot/) is an illegal browser extension according to section 5.3 of googles terms of service this section states that You agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the Services by any means other than through the interface that is provided by Google, unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate agreement with Google. You specifically agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the Services through any automated means (including use of scripts or web crawlers) and shall ensure that you comply with the instructions set out in any robots.txt file present on the Services. so use of this extension is illegal and use may cause the google server to block further serch requests and your ip and mac adresses and send you to the page sorry.google.com.

    This is what the site sorry.google.com says: We’re sorry… … but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now. We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

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