Welcome!

News Feed Item

Disconnect 2 Makes the Web Faster, More Private, More Secure

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/15/13 -- Disconnect (https://disconnect.me/), the developer of popular privacy and security software led by former Google engineer Brian Kennish and consumer-rights attorney Casey Oppenheim, is launching their latest app today: Disconnect 2. Disconnect 2 puts users in control of their online data for faster, more private, and more secure browsing.

The new app lets users visualize and block over 2,000 third-party sites that track what they do on the web -- twice as many tracking sites as any other app. Disconnect 2 is also uniquely optimized for speed -- based on benchmarks of the 1,000 most popular sites, pages use an average of 17% less bandwidth and load 27% faster with the app than without. And users can block potential sources of malware and encrypt the data they exchange with popular sites so an eavesdropper can't steal their data or break into their accounts over public Wi-Fi.

Disconnect 2 is being released as a pay-what-you-want browser extension for Chrome and Firefox. A suggested 25% of payments will be donated to nonprofit organizations that share Disconnect's mission.

Disconnect was founded to help people understand how their personal information is collected and analyzed on the web and to give them tools to decide who can access their data. Many people don't realize that thousands of companies and organizations they've never heard of track their online activity, including their browsing and search history. This personal information is often packaged and sold without permission. Besides tracking people, the clutter of advertising, analytics, and social widgets on the web slows down pages and exposes people to attackers. Disconnect 2 is an elegant and powerful solution that makes the web faster, more private, and more secure.

"We want to make privacy and security software beautiful and usable," says Disconnect co-founder Brian Kennish. "There's this assumption that you have to give up performance to get privacy and security. Disconnect 2 proves that assumption wrong. We prioritized speed and reliability so the app improves your online privacy, security, and user experience."

Adds co-founder Casey Oppenheim: "Nobody wants their private information collected and sold behind their back. Disconnect 2 gives you the freedom to choose who can track your personal information online and puts you back in control of your privacy. We think the combination of faster page loads, bandwidth savings, comprehensive privacy, Wi-Fi security, and a pay-what-you-want business model make this the best privacy software available."

Disconnect 2 comes with these privacy, security, and speed features:

  • An autogenerated, autoupdated database of 2,000+ online tracking sites and malware sources
  • A 17% reduction in page size and 27% acceleration in page load time on average
  • A beautiful graphical representation of tracking on the web
  • A live count and autocategorized list of the tracking requests on every page
  • A live chart of the time and bandwidth saved and requests secured on every page
  • The option to easily block or unblock companies and categories of companies
  • The option to easily whitelist or blacklist sites
  • The option to encrypt data exchanged with popular sites whenever possible

Disconnect 2 is available now at https://disconnect.me/.

About Disconnect
Disconnect develops award-winning privacy and security software in Palo Alto, California. The company was founded in 2011 by a former Google engineer and a consumer-rights attorney. Disconnect's mission is to help people understand and control how their data is used online.

Disconnect's top-rated apps stop tracking by third parties and search engines and are used by more than 1,000,000 people every week. Visit Disconnect on the web at https://disconnect.me/.

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

Contact:
Shermineh Rohanizadeh
Tel: 202-735-5706
Email: Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
"Splunk basically takes machine data and we make it usable, valuable and accessible for everyone. The way that plays in DevOps is - we need to make data-driven decisions to delivering applications," explained Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk and @DevOpsSummit Conference Chair, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Security, data privacy, reliability, and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house, client-hosted environments to a cloud platform. Quality assurance plays a vital role in ensuring that the appropriate level of risk assessment, verification, and validation takes place to ensure business continuity during the migration to a new cloud platform.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Robert Doyle, lead architect at eCube Systems, will examine the issues and need for an agile infrastructure and show the advantages of capturing developer knowledge in an exportable file for migration into production. He will introduce the use of NXTmonitor, a next-generation DevOps tool that captures application environments, dependencies and start/stop procedures in a portable configuration file with an easy-to-use GUI. In addition to captur...
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
A critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.
In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise Architecture at Capital One, will tell a story about how Capital One has embraced Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise – driven by Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and Information Security organizations together. Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" – Shift-Left, Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything. Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, C...
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
"We provide DevOps solutions. We also partner with some key players in the DevOps space and we use the technology that we partner with to engineer custom solutions for different organizations," stated Himanshu Chhetri, CTO of Addteq, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
DevOps tends to focus on the relationship between Dev and Ops, putting an emphasis on the ops and application infrastructure. But that’s changing with microservices architectures. In her session at DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks, will focus on how microservices are changing the underlying architectures needed to scale, secure and deliver applications based on highly distributed (micro) services and why that means an expansion into “the network” for DevOps.
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus o...
Providing secure, mobile access to sensitive data sets is a critical element in realizing the full potential of cloud computing. However, large data caches remain inaccessible to edge devices for reasons of security, size, format or limited viewing capabilities. Medical imaging, computer aided design and seismic interpretation are just a few examples of industries facing this challenge. Rather than fighting for incremental gains by pulling these datasets to edge devices, we need to embrace the i...
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...