Friday, December 24, 2010

Google Chrome extension Facebook Disconnect stops major third parties and search engines from tracking the webpages

A browser extension that stops major third parties and search engines
from tracking the webpages you go to and searches you do

Name Brian Kennish

* For troubleshooting help, see the known issues below and ask questions at

If you’re a typical web user, you’re unintentionally sending your browsing and search history with your name and other personal information to third parties and search engines whenever you’re online.

Take control of the data you share with Disconnect!

From the developer of the top-10-rated Facebook Disconnect extension, Disconnect lets you:

• 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.

To learn more about online privacy and protecting yourself and find out when additional browsers are supported, subscribe to the Disconnect Newsletter at

Disconnect is open-source software — you can get the code at

Known Issues:

• The scary installation warning is explained at (the text refers to Facebook Disconnect but also applies to Disconnect).

• Search depersonalization isn’t yet implemented for international Google domains —,, et cetera.

• Yahoo has to be unblocked while you’re logging into Flickr or Delicious but can be blocked again afterwards.

• Unblocking Facebook isn’t possible while Facebook Disconnect is running — that extension will be autoupdated to be compatible with Disconnect in the next few days.

• You should unblock Google and Yahoo before disabling or uninstalling Disconnect — doing so will restore your cookies to their original state.

Install or update Google Chrome: Update Google Chrome

To make sure that you're protected by the latest security updates, Google Chrome automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available. The update process happens in the background and doesn't require any action on your part.

Check for updates

Updates are available if the wrench icon on the browser toolbar shows a little orange dot . To apply the update, just follow these steps:

Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
Select Update Google Chrome.
In the confirmation dialog that appears, click Restart. The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will automatically be applied.
Mac users: Don't see a wrench icon? Go to the menu bar at the top of your screen, click Chrome, and select About Google Chrome. If an update is available, the Update Now button will be active. Click the button to update the browser.

Using Linux? Use your package manager to update Google Chrome.

Check your browser version

Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar and select About Google Chrome. The version number is the series of number beneath the "Google Chrome" heading.

Set up automatic updates (Mac)

If Google Chrome is installed in your Applications folder, you may be able to set up automatic browser updates for all users of your computer. Go to the "About Google Chrome" dialog and see if the Set Up Automatic Updates for All Users button is available. If it is, click the button and authenticate to set up automatic updates.

In Google Chrome's "About Google Chrome" box, you might see an error when trying to check for updates. Note the error message (or lack thereof) and click the corresponding link below to find out more:

Update server not available (error: 1)

Error 1 means that Google Chrome can't be upgraded in its current directory.

First, check which version of Google Chrome you're running by looking at the version number in the About Google Chrome box.

If the box lists "Google Chrome," then the most likely reason for this failure is that the Google Chrome files have been moved out of their default installation location. This configuration isn't supported for updates. Moving the files back to their original location should resolve this issue. If you haven't moved the files, you may be able to resolve this issue by uninstalling and reinstalling Google Chrome.

If the box lists something other than "Google Chrome" (e.g. "Chromium"), then this error is expected. Only Google Chrome supports updating. You can download Google Chrome from

Chromium is what you get if you download the source code and build the browser yourself, or copy a build from someone who built it from the source.

chrome extension install failure

Invalid value for 'permissions[0]'

My Chrome software source had been disabled on upgrade to Lucid and never reenabled. I thought I had seen Google Chrome be updated during Update Manager runs but I guess not.

I reenabled stable, and Chrome updated to 7.0.517.24 dev and chrometophone extension installed correctly. I'm not sure that's the best source, but that is what I previously used after researching how to install Chrome in Ubuntu.

Sorry about that.

Name:    google-chrome-stable

The web browser from Google
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

Latest version:    8.0.552.224-r68599-hacktolive1
Ubuntu release:    maverick (10.10)

sudo apt-get check && sudo apt-get update
 # you may need to repeat the update if it complains
 sudo apt-get upgrade

Any errors generated by these commands would be most informative when appended to your original question. If the check fails, do as it instructs or stop and post your result.

Google Linux Software Repositories

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here:

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at

GUI Configuration on Ubuntu 10


Requirements: Intel Pentium 4 / Athlon 64 or later CPU; 32- or 64-bit Ubuntu 8.04 or later, or 32-bit Debian 5. Support for other Linux distributions is planned; unpacking the .deb files by hand may work.

Note: Installing Google Chrome will add the Google repository so your system will automatically keep Chrome up to date. If you don't want Google's repository, do "sudo touch /etc/default/google-chrome" before installing the package.
Download and install the package appropriate for your system (just clicking on it should do the right thing):

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