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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/.

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