What exactly does Disconnect block from Google?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by stanw, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I keep going back and forth about getting a iPhone 6plus and a Note4, I really do not like all the tracking that Google does, and I just came across this app:

    it claims to stop "Reduce the risk of identity theft by blocking malicious tracking
    Block malvertising threats disguised as legitimate ads
    Protection from thousands of suspected malware sites"

    and it also claims that it was removed from Play store because it blocks Google from tracking and advertising.

    1. What does that mean? By using this, app, what can Google no longer do?
    2. How will this affect day-to-day operations of my Note3?
  2. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    I suspect it's only marketing. There is no source.

    If you wish to get rid of Google spyware and tracking, you need to install alternative firmware (open source).

    The most popular is http://www.cyanogenmod.org/

    Don't install Google Play, use https://f-droid.org/

  3. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    Very cool. Does this completely bypass Google?
  4. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    What makes you think Apple tracks you any the less ? Just because your unaware if it happening, doesn't mean its not happening.

    Likewise, in Android simply
    1) turn-off location history
    2) turn-off advertising
    3) turn-off web history

    You can do this without any app.

    You are then pretty much as untracked as you are going to be.
  5. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    you are really naive.

    4) turn-off NSA backdoor



    I don't know. At least the best option available on "market"

    Never trust Google!
  6. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    I would imagine the NSA back door is in the basebandfirmware and therefore In cyanogenmod as well.
  7. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    Disconnect blocks 3rd party trackers that are present on many websites. These trackers follow what you do and corroborate it with either your IP address, browser fingerprint, or both. Many will set a cookie in your browser that acts like a unique ID tag. When you visit another website that has the same trackers on it, they look for that cookie. This links your activity between websites and is used to create advertising profiles for you.

    Disconnect will block these 3rd party trackers from working. However, the site you visit can track you all it wants to; Disconnect can't stop this. Google will always track your search history on Googe, Youtube, and other sites by them. The site just won't be able to track you across other websites that it does not own, while 3rd party trackers can track you on any website where they are present.

    Since Google retains a lot of control over your device, it is also possible that you are being tracked using code that runs locally on your device. Disconnect can't stop this either.

    If you want to avoid search engine tracking, use DuckDuckGo or Startpage/Ixquick, neither of which tracks you, for your search engine in combination with Disconnect. This doesn't solve the problem of websites you visit tracking your activity on them, nor does it solve the issue of Google essentially owning your device, but it will cut down on your exposure to advertising trackers. Running a custom ROM like Cyanogenmod or any other is another good way to reduce your exposure to Google.
  8. jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    Talk about naive.......if the NSA wants in....they will get in. Please take off the tinfoil and let your brain breathe......
  9. HiDEF macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2010
    Miami, FL
  10. dearfriendx macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Missed the joke I guess
  11. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Turn data off. Anything else you do is laughable.
  12. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
    Hilarious to see people this paranoid on the internet, they also probably have facebook and do numerous other things that would be hypocritical
  13. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    Missed the date of the thread I guess...
  14. dearfriendx macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    You still replied though, now what?

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