carrot63

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Name carrot63
User since March 17, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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My Reviews

Self-Destructing Cookies

Fabulous addon Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Something like this has been long overdue, offering far more nuance than the usual 'all or nothing' approach to cookies. Properly set up, you can just leave it to get on with its job. A perfect partner for ABP and Ghostery etc.

Many thanks to the developer for a great bit of work.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4.4.1-signed). 

QuickJava

Class addon Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A must have - brilliantly simple and easy to use, this is the first thing I add in any new Firefox install.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.4.1-signed). 

Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO)

Sadly... Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I'm going to have to agree with every other reviewer who has commented on the underhand way this was delivered; I personally found it a shock to see such a large update and profound change to a previously invisible add on. I value my privacy a great deal, and tend to get suspicious when things start flashing at me as this did - more so when they apparently offer storage of my details for easy use - err, really no thanks, not now not ever. If you are not collectively embarrassed at the degree to which you have overstepped the mark and blown users trust, you really aren't thinking hard enough about it.

Not least is the 'shareware' issue. Yes we all have to earn a crust and I have every sympathy with developer - my Mac a small mint in paid for shareware and commercial software, but the one area where commercial considerations rarely deliver good software is the vague foggy area of 'online threats'. There seems to be too much potential for tension between the desire to earn a wage and the needs/trust of the user. Too many applications scream murder to drum up business, irrespective of need. I commend your aims if you are what you say, but remain to be convinced.

However...

That said, the add on has potential to bring a number of privacy functions into one place, although it clearly has a long, long way to go (stop sounding like Nortons AV, please!!!). The useful items like blocking tracking networks etc have potential, but entirely lack the fine grained config options needed, in particular the lack of a way to retain the cookies you wish and choose to allow certain 3rd party cookies (otherwise some sites don't work). An on off for different sets of presets that can be user defined and used as needed would be very useful - no-one really does cookie control well at all.

I'll be uninstalling this but will keep an eye on your progress. But next time think (a lot) harder before hijacking a trusted add on.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.01).