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Disconnect app review: protecting your mobile privacy

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Introduction

Using malware software is commonplace on PCs, but it's not something that a lot of people think about for their mobile devices. When you think about it, that just doesn't make a lot of sense as we spend more time these days on our mobile devices than we do on our PCs. Fortunately there are options that can help you protect yourself on a mobile platform. One of these is Disconnect by Disconnect Software. This app is designed to help protect you from sites that try to track your surfing habits. It may not seem like it's doing anything but if you try to visit sites that are notorious for their tracking activities you quickly find out how effective this app is. This is a free app and it's compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Disconnect - tracking and malvertising protection

Free

Protect Your Mobile Privacy

Security software is not as common on mobile devices, but there are several apps in the app store designed to help you protect yourself while surfing. All of the major security firms offer mobile protection services such as McAfee, Norton, and F-Secure. Most of these are designed to help protect you from visiting websites that are potentially harmful. Disconnect is similar, although it's main purpose is protecting you from being tracked, so even if the site is not posing any malicious threats to your device And Disconnect may still block it if it at times to track your online activities.

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Disconnect really is a great app, but there are a couple of things that may deter you from using it. Number one, you will have to allow it access to your device in an intrusive manner in order for it to work, if you're not comfortable with this then this app is not for you. The other thing to keep in mind is that while Disconnect does have a free version it only provides you basic protection, in order to achieve the greatest protection you would have to purchase their Malvertising package as an in-app purchase. This is going to cost you about $9.99. This app will require 0.9 MB of available space on your iOS device.

How It Works

When you open up Disconnect you'll see a simple user interface with three basic buttons. At the top is a large tap to start button and below this you'll see a basic button and a Malvertising button by default you will be given access to the basic package for free. If we wish to upgrade to the Malvertising package, as mentioned above, it will cost you $9.99. Once you decide on your package simply tap on the button to get started, and you'll then be asked to activate the app from within your settings. To do this you will have to install the apps profile. To reassure you, you'll notice it has a verified check mark next to it indicating that it safe to install.

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Once you've activated the app, it will do its work in the background. There really isn't anything else to it so you may think it's not doing anything. But do a quick Google search and find out some sites that are known for tracking activities and try visiting one of them after installing the app. What you'll find is that the site will say server not found. This is because Disconnect is protecting you from accessing a potentially dangerous tracking site. That's it-that's all there is to it.

Disconnect - tracking and malvertising protection

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Simple user interface
  • Works in the background while you surf
  • Includes a basic package for free
  • Successfully blocks tracking websites

Cons

  • Includes in-app purchases

Final Words

Disconnect is an excellent little app that will help protect your mobile privacy. It is designed to stop websites from tracking your online activities. If you wish to surf in privacy knowing that your information is protected, including things like credit card information, and user profile information, then you may want to give Disconnect a try.

 

Disconnect - tracking and malvertising protection

Free
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Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.