I like this product and I think others would like it to me if you give it a chance. One of the coolest options I think is where it can mask your phone number. Also masking your email address and your credit card. What more could you ask for. Of course you have to pay a small fee for masking the phone number but it's well worth it. I get enough annoying phone calls as it is. I haven't never had a problem with this program and I would highly recommend you use this. Thanks Abine
Hi Razin Cane - thanks for the review! We appreciate your support.
This new Blur is no fun! Its really awkward (like someone else already said).
I wish DoNotTrackMe and MaskMe were still available.
Blur is a big pain...!
Now I can't undo what I've done.
I'm looking for something like DoNotTrackMe and MaskMe.....
I used to love DoNotTrackMe and MaskMe!
I had DoNotTrackMe and MaskMe and they worked flawlessly. Now with Blur, the process is awkward, not all of my data seems to have transferred from MaskMe to Blur, and some of the functionality apparently has disappeared. What the heck happened?
With regard to the Sync feature being newly exclusive to the Premium subscription, I understand that companies need to make money in order to survive and grow. Being able to sync data across multiple devices is crucial and is at the heart of Blur's functionality. Abine, you can try to spin this issue any way you choose, but suddenly charging for a feature which was once free smacks of bait-and-switch. In so doing, you've undermined the customer trust which you'd previously established with the excellent add-ons DNTM and MaskMe. And either being defensive about that decision or trying to sweep it under the proverbial rug with "but look at all the other great features you get with Blur!" does nothing to convince users that they haven't been deceived and betrayed. MaskMe had been available for some time, enough time to see it grow a nice base of password-management users. And those users, entrenched in the use of masked emails and MaskMe's randomly-generated passwords, will now need to decide whether to stay and pay or to leave and start over elsewhere. You've indelibly tarnished your reputation, Abine. It would have been much better PR, and the ethical choice, to maintain the existing free features of DNTM and MaskMe and ask users to pay for spanking new features too good to pass up. That would have been good business.
Hello - thanks for your feedback and I definitely understand where you're coming from. You're right, we do need to make money in order to survive and grow, but there should have been some sort of grandfathered-in effect to Sync. I will be sure our team hears your feedback to see if this is something we can offer for existing MaskMe users for free.
Regarding the fact that not all of your MaskMe accounts transferred, please ensure that MM is disabled. Log out of Blur and relaunch your browser. Once you log back in, you should see all of your accounts once again.
Thanks again for your feedback and I do apologize for the inconvenience.
What the heck happened to this product? Talk about fixing something until it breaks, or maybe deliberate sabotage? Did tracking companies get to this product? This used to be great but now it isn't: plain and simple, it's ruined. Some trackers are not blocked as many others here have mentioned. I removed it. Goodbye, "Blur". Good riddance.
Sorry to hear that you didn't like the upgrade. We're sad to see you go! It's definitely not a deliberate sabotage. Our goal is to create a comprehensive privacy tool. Regarding the trackers not blocked, our team is looking into this now. For the most part, it should block most trackers, but sometimes we do allow certain trackers on a page if the website you're using is breaking. Without allowing this tracker, the page would be unusable.
I used DNTM for years but I've just deleted Blur--why was I still being tracked on certain sites?
Hello - sorry to hear you've deleted Blur. Sometimes, when all tracking is blocked on a page, it can cause the website to break. For this reason, we have set Blur to unblock the troublesome trackers on various sites. If you want to block all tracking everywhere, please click your Blur icon and select Settings. From there, under preferences, deselect Use Abine Suggestions. Thanks!
Uninstalling. This was great when it was Do Not Track Me, but as Blur it has become annoyingly invasive. Dialogs popping up that prevent me from typing offering to mask my email/credit card when I'm not doing anything with either. Not worth the hassle to work my way through the settings disabling things that I didn't want enabled in the first place.
Hi Outback Jon - sorry to hear that you do not like the additional features offered in Blur. We're sad to see you go!
Ridiculous that you can't delete and add credit cards whether you are on a trial or not. I would like mine permanently removed and there is no contact information. This needs A LOT OF WORK and you should give some of the paid for services in the free version (limited obviously) ... This feels snaky since there is no way to adjust settings when migrated from DNT to blur ... FIX THIS MESS!
Hello. You're correct in that there is currently no way to completely remove your card information from Blur at this time. It's surprisingly more complex than you would assume to implement this (at least I was surprised), but our team is looking into this now and we will hopefully release fix for this soon. If you need to contact our support, you can do so at support at abine dot com. Sorry to hear that you've been disappointed with the upgrade.
DNTM had its problems, notably that it had limited functionality that required not quite compatible products out of the Abine catalog to be installed. When I saw the list of Blur features, I thought "this is it. The solution!" A few minutes in and I feel duped. This is a convoluted system, and my biggest problem - there is NO SYNC in the free package. For all of DNTMs failings, there was a free sync feature for my masked emails and passwords. Guess what? With this one, you have to buy "premium" to sync. So, really, you have to by premium to make any use of this software at all. I understand that companies exist to make a profit, and I do not begrudge that. What I DO begrudge is taking away a critical feature, and hiding it behind a paywall with absolutely no warning for the user. In my book, that is classic bait and switch.
Sorry to hear that you're unhappy that Backup & Sync has become premium. This is a huge value added feature and we do need to monetize the product, one way or another. Furthermore, Backup & Sync is often a paid feature, as shown from other freemium style companies. I understand that it is frustrating to have to pay for something that was once free, but hopefully with all the added benefits of Blur, it proves to be a worthy investment.
Was great when it was DNT but sucks now! It is ridiculously invasive and I can't turn off the nag screens so it looks like I will be uninstalling it. Too bad, it was a great add-on at one time. The new owners must have found a way to make a buck.
I'm sorry that you feel this way about the change. There really should be very little difference for you. We are not new owners and we are trying to create a great add-on. Did you see the "global settings" where you can easily toggle on or off any feature? screenshots are in our FAQ help guide here:
We hope you reconsider.
I really like this ADD-ON ..If everyone will take the time and read how it works ( I didn't at 1st and hated the change) but after reading it thoroughly I love it .. There is only 1 draw back that is : If your paying a bill like Directtv, Phone Etc you can't use the masked CC as I found out today because the billing address has to match the name and address on the account where service is provide ,, Besides that its a Great add-on
We have the feature to put your own address against a masked card in beta testing. It does not yet work 100% but usually works. (there are timing issues between the address request and the charge that are difficult). If you'd like to be in the beta program, email us and let us know. Thanks!
... people who like overworked products that regularly interfere with normal browsing and who want an overload of mostly unnecessary features that can't be turned off even when you don't want them. John Galt has it absolutely right with his review. This used to be a nice add-on, now I'm uninstalling it.
while we appreciate every review including yours as it gives us a sense of what some users feel, it really doesn't help us or other users much unless you're more specific. for example, can you name one feature that you couldn't turn off? two? what did you do to try to turn them off? this would help us a LOT to improve.
secondly, if you think features like password management and credential masking are "unecessary" please let us know why. thanks!
Everytime Abine releases a new product and "upgrades" the old, the features and usability just get worse and worse. I will only refer to the Password Manager in Blur, because it is so broken I can't get past it to use any other features. I originally started using the password manager in Privacy Suite many years ago, then I was forced to switch to DoNotTrackMe, now I'm stuck with this hideous add-on called Blur, which I will uninstall once I find an alternative password manager.
1. Password are not protected by a password. This seems pretty obvious as it was the case with previous versions, but not with Blur! Close the browser and reopen and Blur automatically starts working, without the need to enter a Blur password. This is exactly why I don't use Chrome's password manager. You can also view every password the account list with out entering a Blur password, again just ridiculous.
2. Blur doesn't update incorrect passwords automatically, nor does it give the option to delete an incorrect password immediately like previous versions had. You must go into your password list to edit/remove/save a password manually.
3. Abine support is the worst I've ever encountered, emails go unanswered for weeks and they intentionally omit issues from their FAQs. There reps that respond to these reviews are uninformed and often rude. There is no way to contact support from individual product pages or faqs, only through the main Abine.com - contact us general mailbox.
In short Blur is not convenient, it is not intuitive, it is much more complicated that previous versions.
thanks for your critical and usefule feedback. on (1) you can go into settings- advanced and change the re-check password settings to whatever you desire.
2. could you be a little more specific about what is going wrong here with updating incorrect passwords? that would help us fix it.
3. we invest heavily in our support staff and are working through a large queue where premium customers are serviced first. most support emails or chats are answered within 24 hours during the business week.
Please keep the feedback coming, we will get things straightened out.
The tracker blocker from the old TACO extension is still great and the new features from merging DoNotTrackMe and MaskedMe make it an all in one privacy tool.
Ever wondered which website is leaking your email to annoying webmarketers ? With Blur, it's ancient history. I use it everyday and can't imagine registering to a new website without it. Easy, efficient and well integrated, you can create new masked email in a second and block annoying newsletters even faster.
Only 3 things missing, Text message and Masked cards for France and a better protection for accounts (2 factor identification) and you'll get my fifth star.
I got DoNotTrackMe because it did exactly what I want - it ran, and stopped trackers, and didn't fuss about it. Unfortunately, the new Blur "services" are now completely, 100%, profit-motivated - which is fair enough, that's their right, I guess, but this feels more like a blatant cash-in on a once free service than anything.
Why the **** am I being forced to create an account for Blur? They put a "why the **** do I need to create an account" button on the widget, but the only answer they provide to that question is "because our new services are so awesome that you'll love them."
They also address the "I just want to block trackers" issue that has come up in all of the one-star reviews. The response boils down to: "The internet is so scary and dangerous that you need to trust us to take care of it for you."
That's great, but if your new services are truly so awesome, then you shouldn't need to force us to sign up for them. If this was truly a move in your existing users' best interest, as you claim, then you wouldn't need a "why do I need to do this" page filled with marketing spin.
Again, corporations exist to make money, and I'm fine with the freemium Blur service existing, but I take exception with the sort of bait-and-switch you've pulled -- the attempt to strong-arm old users into becoming new customers by hiding the single feature they signed up for behind a whole bunch of other stuff that they're not allowed to refuse.
Look, we appreciate you raising these issues. We do. The very first answer to your question and accusation about bait-n-switch is:
1. You can still block trackers automatically without creating an account or doing anything - right out of the box. And, this is 100% FREE.
2. As we said in the explanation of our product features that require an account or paid account, for these features to work at all, this is required. As we also said, and this is not the typical "marketing department speak" if you only want a tracker blocker and nothing else to protect your privacy, go use a different free product.
3. For you and everyone out there who wants only free software - consider that when you get that, you are the product and someone somewhere is paying for your data. To make a strong privacy product, you need a strong privacy company, transparent, and funded by its users. That is what we're trying to create.
Not sure why people are having problems. I had no transition issues at all. From my perspective, it's just been a name change.
Very nice extension! Thank You very mush!
Definitely not ready for prime time. #1 I do not appreciate being forced to switch to Blur. It has taken me the better part of two days to get things running halfway right. Not at all a painless process. They should have gotten the bugs worked out BEFORE forcing this thing on us. I am seriously considering bailing out for another method of keeping track of log-ins. My computer is way locked down and I do not use multiple computers, mobile phones, tablets or any other type of device. I still use a flip phone and do NOT plan to change. I'll give this Blur thing a while longer but I'm not holding my breath on this.
Please contact us in support and we'll do our best to make up the bad experience you've had with the transition and give you coupons for free / discounted service for syncing. Thanks!
I don't need ''Do not track me'' and premium features like ''phones and cards'' are not supported in my country. What should I pay for?! - Dropbox sync? Bring back "mask me" with normal sync!
We apologize and understand your critique from MaskMe to Blur. Please contact us and we'll make it up to you with free / discounted premium service.
This used to be a good add-on... But a recent update changed it from the simple 'donottrack' feature into a monstrous, heavy, annoying plugin known only as 'blur'.
I can't seem to make it behave the way I want it to... Which is, simply put, to stay in the background and do its work. Instead, it pops up on every page announcing that it's now known as 'Blur' and there is no way for me to turn this off... It's really frustrating me because my laptop is very slow, and this makes it even slower.
It's become extremely unusable and completely in the way. Where can I contact customer support so I can yell at them?
That popup was a bug that has since been resolved. Please uninstall your version of Blur and reinstall with this link: http://link.abine.com/dntme-firefox-latest . The support contact is support at abine dot com.
Doesn't seem to cause any issues, but I have yet to see how useful the add-on really is. I will probably be uninstalling it later after using it a bit more to see.
Used this before when it was DNTM, doesn't look so good now unfortunately :/
Hi Lulu - if you have any specific questions, concerns, or feedback, please email me : olivia at abine dot com. Thanks!
DoNotTrackMe was a good addon... it will be missed.
Uninstalled Blur and won't be using it.
I will stick with the Ghostery and Priv3 addons.
would also recommend
I'm glad to see Abine is at least responding to people about this, but for now there are too many problems with the add-on. I'm greatly alarmed by reports that it isn't blocking as much as it used to, but more than that I'm bothered by the ways it actively interferes with my browsing experience.
The "mask your e-mail" popup appears in practically every other text field I use, to constant annoyance; I don't know if that's still happening since I figured out how to supposedly disable them. But much worse is if you post in a forum that uses message numbers; the "mask your credit card" popup, which CAN'T BE DISABLED, comes up incessantly. I don't have masking turned on; Blur just wants to remind me it's a service I can pay for, even though it has zero relevance to the particular field I'm typing in. The frustration index of this add-on has become very high in just the last few days.
I appreciated what DoNotTrackMe did to eliminate a number of trackers. If it's not doing that as well anymore (the jury's still out, but that seems to be the consensus), there's no reason to use it at all. When it actively gets in the way of what I'm trying to do, forget it, The quality of the add-on has fallen off remarkably after what should have been a simple name change.
Thanks for your review and I'm sorry to hear you're no longer satisfied with Blur. The Masked Email panel can be turned off from Settings of your Blur extension. Regarding the Masked Card panel, if it's popping up where it shouldn't be, that's definitely a bug that we'd love to hear more specifics about. You can email or chat with support here to contact our team: https://abine.com/support.html
Regarding the trackers, we are still blocking as many trackers as we once did. If you are noticing the number blocked is a lot less, please reinstall with this link: http://link.abine.com/dntme-firefox-latest
I liked DNTM as it worked fine the way it was, the mask emails etc was good. Now with blur it stops very little to no trackers. I downloaded the new version 4.5.1335 and it is no better then the old one from a couple of weeks ago. I use last pass to protect my passwords & adblock plus to block pop up ads, so did not need all the extra stuff that was added to blur. Because DNTM was so good I am going to give them a week or two to go back to DNTM or fix blur so it works as good. If not I will join the long list of people that are dumping this app.
Hello - we hope to be able to fix the issue you're referring to. Would you email me : olivia at abine dot com so I can help you get to the bottom of this issue? Thanks!
DoNotTrackMe was supposed to block tracking and in effect prevent ad creators from making a complete profile of it's user. That's all I ever wanted. Now it requires me to give my e-mail adress to "create aliases for logging in into pages". Which means they want to know every page I log into. Which means I could as well log in with Facebook. Uninstalling this piece of garbage now.
EDIT: As the number of one star reviews might suggest people DON'T WANT a one-stop tool. They wanted an alternative to Ghostery. Well, think whatever you want.
Feel free to uninstall DoNotTrackMe. We are not recording the wesbites that you go to. We have added features to DNTme to allow users to have more privacy online. It is no longer a simple tracker blocker, it is now your one-stop privacy tool online.