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|User since||June 18, 2008|
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The add-on is fantastic. I have no problems with it, and it has made Firefox look and behave very much like it did before the Australis (v. 29) update. But it's sad when you need an add-on to fix a once great browser.... Hopefully Aris the developer won't abandon this project in the coming years.
@Aris: Μπράβο φίλε μου!
This is really handy and easy to configure. It seems to work flawlessly. I set the whole bookmarks toolbar to autohide when the mouse is not on it.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (18.104.22.168-signed).
I tried to use this addon in Firefox for Android. It doesn't seem to allow Android users to whitelist sites so that their cookies are not destroyed. There is a whitelist button in the settings, but when you tap it, it tells you to use Firefox's internal cookie whitelist. Well, as far as I can tell, there is no such thing in FF for Android. I tried contacting the developer in case I'm missing some crucial detail but he hasn't responded.
By the way, others here have reported that the addon deletes all existing cookies when you install it, without asking you. Fortunately I didn't have any cookies at the time, but this is a big problem. You've been warned. :)
Despite the 1.5 million users and tremendous hype, it's hard to really gauge how well this addon works. End users have a big impact on the website ratings, so I am VERY suspicious about the quality. All you have to do is look at the comments people post with their ratings for a given website to see that they don't understand the basic concept of WOT. The comments are mostly about how useful or attractive a website is - which misses the whole point of WOT.
I'll give a concrete example: There is one popular website that has a dozen trackers/beacons running in the background, and even saves Flash cookies to your hard drive. All of this cries "privacy nightmare!". But you wouldn't know it from the comments. People are posting things like "I like this site" and "Works well", and their ratings in the privacy category are all "excellent". It makes no sense. And this is happening for lots of websites I looked up.
There is one silver lining here. I find that there is good recognition of websites that are scams or somehow untrustworthy. I guess that's half of what WOT claims to do. But the privacy half of WOT seems like a complete failure.
The addon is slick and easy to use, but I really don't trust it.
The developer's response is unfortunate.
You are essentially telling me that hidden trackers and beacons on a website are not a violation of privacy because people either don't know about them or don't care.
Seriously? That's your logic?
BY DEFINITION, something collecting information on you in the background without your knowledge or consent **IS** an invasion of privacy. If WOT is designed in such a way that this is ignored, then what value is there in WOT?
Far from re-assuring me about WOT, your response has just confirmed my initial suspicions. Like other reviewers have said here, it's obvious WOT is more of a social "like / dislike" service than a serious privacy tool. I'm uninstalling.
This is the best addon I could find to split tabs on the screen. It does this well, but the controls are not particularly user friendly. I end up having to navigate to a menu, a submenu, and a sub-submenu to get anything done. The toolbar button is not very useful to me. I also notice that at least one option in that button is not available in the addon's options window.
So I'd love to see this work with a lot less clicking.
I appreciate the developer's response below, but I already knew all that. We should work on the assumption that I've read the instructions and looked through the addon carefully, rather than assume I don't know what I'm doing.
The core problem is that "their way" of using the browser is not flexibile enough to accommodate me, the end user. All this shift/click/drag stuff gets REALLY confusing if you are already using mouse gestures for other browser functions. If someone wants to memorize this stuff, that's fine for them, but I don't want to. So the only option remaining for me is to click through all the menus and submenus.
Let me be constructive here: My approach would be to include a few extra toolbar buttons with the addon, for functions like tiling the current tab or opening a new tiled tab. Just let the user drag the button(s) he wants onto the toolbar and ignore all the stuff he doesn't want. Much simpler, no?
Anyway, I'm still making use of this addon, so it's not exactly a disaster!
The really interesting thing is to run this addon in conjunction with NoScript and Ghostery and see what happens. Turns out the other two addons typically pick up more trackers and third party connections than RequestPolicy does. However, I keep RequestPolicy installed because occasionally things work in reverse, where this addon spots something that the other ones miss. A few more MB of memory isn't going to kill me!
I agree with the user below that the Beta 1.x on the developer's website is really good.
I've been using this addon for years and I've never had trouble with it. It just works! I'm surprised it doesn't have more users. Really - this addon is fantastic.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (22.214.171.124-signed).
This extension was a great idea! It works mostly as advertized.
A couple of points for improvement:
-The option "Automatically enforce HTTPS when available" doesn't always play nice. Sometimes it just breaks a website. I guess that's because of poor HTTPS implementation on the server side, as opposed to poor coding in HTTPS Finder? Not sure.... (For new users: Just turn this option off for now.)
-The whitelist confused me. For whatever reason, I thought it did the opposite of what it does. Someone else here said the same thing. That could be improved with some help or tips somewhere. (For new users: if you add a site to the whitelist, you are telling the addon that the site does not support HTTPS and that the addon shouldn't bother checking for HTTPS availability in future.)
-It would be nice if there were also an option to automatically add rules to HTTPS Everywhere. There is too much clicking right now.
-The developer says he's working on a way to halt page load until HTTPS status is known. This would be a HUGE advance for the addon.
I tried Cocoon for two weeks and gave up on it. First, it is slow. They clearly do not have enough server capacity on their end to route all the user traffic. Second, it is buggy. It crashed Firefox numerous times when I tried to log on (especially after upgrading FF to 15.0.1). So this is a case of good idea, bad implementation.
I think I was overly harsh on Cocoon in my initial review. After a few days, I decided to give it another try and see if my issues were just related to the FF 15 upgrade. Many of the bugs are sorted out. No random crashes so far. I still have a couple of problems: 1) Bugs when accessing an email account using the Outlook Web App. Some of the menu items in OWA do not show up or do not work when clicked. 2) Random lags here and there. e.g. when trying to use a search engine. The lags are not enormous, but they are noticeable (so we're talking seconds, not milliseconds). There are major lags in streaming Flash videos, but this is an understandable byproduct of using a proxy server. Obviously more server capacity is required.
In conclusion, I'm still trying to use Cocoon for the time being. (It is handy in a coffee shop when I'm using a public wifi connection.) I'm hoping that things get better as more people learn of this addon.
The author is not being very honest. Once you download the addon, you have to register an account and pay for credits in order to send text messages. That's silly, considering I could do it for free with other services.
Also, I notice that the menu bar in Thunderbird got distorted when I installed this addon. The problem fixed itself when I uninstalled.
This is an excellent theme (actually one of the very few that I would even consider using).
-Icons are animated when clicked
-Menu text isn't too large
-Colourful without looking like a circus
One minor gripe: Perhaps the colours of the icons in the bookmarks menu could be changed. As it stands, folders and individual bookmarks both have little blue icons. It's easy to confuse one for the other.
I like this add-on in principle, but I find that it falls short in practice. I've tried to block those annoying Google ads on some pages (you know, the ones that AdBlock can't deal with), but the ads pop up each time I visit the page again. Presumably, the content of the ads changes each time, so Personal Web Cleaner doesn't recognize the new ad.
There might be a way to generalize the instructions in Personal Web Cleaner to get around this problem, but frankly it's not something I want to tinker with.
I have trouble using it with my bank's website. Even though I've allowed the site (and all its domains) to save cookies, I cannot log in unless I actually select "Allow cookies globally" from CS Lite.
The other thing, of course, is that cookie blockers in general are more often a nuisance than a help. Still, this add-on mostly works as advertised, and I wouldn't want to be surfing without it!
It can be fun to see where sites are located, although most of the time it's pointless. Sometimes the program makes "mistakes", showing your own country's flag instead of the server country (probably because of some technical reason related to how some servers handle traffic). Anyway, I still use it.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.2.6).
I really like this addon. I've tried a couple of the others and they don't quite have the combination of features that this has. 3 examples:
-You can mouse over multiple links at the same time and have them open in new tabs
-It recognizes diagonal gestures.
-It has a "cancel" feature, so that if you make unrecognized movements or just hold the right mouse button too long, it will not try to initiate a gesture.
Great stuff. Hope they've updated it for FF3 by now.
Black screens can only reduce energy usage on CRT monitors (I've seen numbers of 5-20%), but crucially NOT on TFT monitors. In fact, they may actually INCREASE energy usage on TFTs. Given that most monitors out there are TFTs, this addon seems to defeat its own mission.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3).