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Really unbelievable . Firefox you always rocking.. this privacy suite is the another great applications from abine. After i installed this add-on, now i can get many advantages like privacy like mail account details and even i can use credit card/ debit cards here with highly secure. Hats off Firefox...
I've been using ABP and NoScript for a while, but have not installed them on my families computers. This has potential. It wraps-up some of the features in a less technical (maybe overly flashy) interface and tries to make things understandable. I'm going to give it a try on my brother and see if he can get it. I agree with another review that I'm not ready to dump all my other add-ons yet. But, there's real potential here. Just keep cooking.
1) This is a bloated extension (1.7 MB). Granted it tries to do many things and could potentially replace several other extensions, but still. The company seems to have a higher interest in a fancy GUI than on efficiency and usability (see below).
2) It fails to show the login dialog when I visit a website for which I've saved my userid and password in PrivacySuite. I have to manually click on the toolbar button each time.
3) The GUI is unusable if you've set a Minimum Font Size in Firefox. You can't see all the checkboxes or the OK/Cancel buttons. I need to use a minimum font size because I use 1920 x 1200 resolution.
4) There are no keyboard shortcuts (that I could find) for logging in and filling forms so if you're a fan of mouseless browsing, this extension becomes quite cumbersome.
I was hoping this extension would be a free replacement for tools like AI RoboForm but I think it will require several years before it reaches that level of efficiency and maturity. I'm going to uninstall it and go back to my hodge-podge of other extensions (BetterPrivacy, Ghostery, Secure Login, and I still need to find a good form filler).
Thanks for the detailed review. Here's our response
1. Strong encryption libraries for Apple, Windows, and Linux take up some space. The core features and functions + these libraries add up to 1.7MB. If you feel like that's a problem, we'd like to understand why. If you don't like the user interface, please make specific comments, not general criticisms, and we'll try to fix it (such as your comment about keyboard shorcuts).
2. It should show automatically, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Correct, auto-sizing needs to be improved
4. We have a few shortcuts, please tell us what you'd like to see enabled.
This could be a really great software. However, it will not log into high security banking sites that require it to do a log-in over 2 web pages. It does need some Advanced features that will let the user configure how it logs in instead of automatic 'mapping' of a page that is then sent back to the server for investigation, and a fix. It does have some very good features for privacy & security but I'm a little worried about your Encrypted information being stored on their server. I have a friend in Naval Intelligence that works at the Pentagon and he is in total agreement about even encrypted information being stored anywhere but on your own computer or server, even though government agencies store information on some private corp. servers. Those are the only reasons I had to give this software 3 stars instead of 5.
1. TRUE: Many popular banks make auto-fill and login difficult. We're working to improve the 2-web page login functions.
2. FALSE: your information is encrypted on your computer only. if you can, please correct your review so that others know this.
Still few weeks ago, I have used three separate add-on tools for separate usages like form-filling, login manager and ads blocker. Apart from these I have installed some other tools for my functionality use. Just when I browsed through internet, I found this PrivacySuite and I have noticed that this is multi-functionality tool, I just gave a try to this tool. But Now I'm totally satisfied with this tool and I have already uninstalled my previous add-on tools for form-filling, login manager and ads blocker. So far this tool is working fine and I did not find any bugs. I strongly recommend this multi-functionality tool for those who are using separate tools for the above usages.
I've been using this add-on for not a very long time - about 2 weeks, but I feel ready now to post reviews.
I simply could not browse the net without this installed. I mean that sincerely. If I could only choose one add-on to install, I would definitely pick it! It's also nice to be able to disable it if a site acts funny, which I did for the first time last week. Long live our privacy (and security) online!
Summary: don't install the "TACO" addon along side "PrivacySuite". Below is a copy of my comments for the TACO addon.
My primary reason for posting is a warning not to install this addon with "PrivacySuite". I thought they were seperate products but there are the same (confirmed by extracting files from xpi's). If you do, neither will work. While I'm here a quick review of v3.20.
Note: I ONLY tested the "opt out & block" feature. If you're after a simple solution this is a resonable first effort, though a little glitchy. Nothing serious, the privacy info screen would on occassion show an empty dialog and for the first few pages the alert popup incorrectly showed zero counts.
From my perspective if you're already using NoScript, BetterPrivacy, RequestPolicy etc TACO doesn't really add anything useful. Of course the other features my be of greater value to you than for myself.
I have found Abine to be very useful for three reasons: it keeps track of all of your personal information (user names, passwords, credit cards, etc.), it automatically fills in your information for new sites you want to register with, and it keeps track of all cookies (Flash or otherwise) on your computer. The features provided are as good as, if not better than, products that have similar functions, but this has many more features than similar extensions.
The second use I have found helpful is how it has several "identities" (the three default are "Me," "Protected," and "Anonymous") that automatically fill in registration forms depending on how much information you want to give out. "Anonymous" even makes a new email address that will forward messages, if you want, to your real email address so that you don't get extra spam. This includes date of birth, gender, and phone numbers. You can fill in credit card numbers in a different "app" within Abine to automatically fill those in as well; credit card numbers are NOT automatically stored.
The third way I use Abine is the one profiled in the WSJ articles: tracking and deleting cookies. This is fairly straightforward, but what I learned from the article is that Flash cookies are not removed by web browsers and can stay on your computer indefinitely. Abine is just one extension of several (BetterPrivacy is another) that finds and deletes them. Some cookies track your internet usage and some, called web beacons, track what you are viewing, your IP address, and even emails. Abine disables trackers and ad-networks, and you can delete all cookies on your computer with one button. However, some sites require some trackers to be on in order to use them, but a little box pops up when you go to a new site or when you hover over the icon, which allows you to change what is blocked.
I have found two major weaknesses with Abine's PrivacySuite that can be a turnoff for some people. It is intended to be used by one person on one computer because they have no support for multiple users on one computer or the ability to get your passwords from, say, your home computer from your work computer. The latter is a problem for me sometimes, especially if you use the random password ability for security. The second problem is that there is a learning curve in using the main menu. It is partly because they have so many features and options, but all of the menus are not necessarily cluttered. Once you get used to it, I find it almost second nature.
tl;dr I would recommend Abine to anyone who is worried about security on their computer and is willing to take the time to use most of its features. Setting up "identities" and learning how to use it does take a few minutes, but I certainly do not regret it.