Be Kind To Idiots Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Please make the setting up of this add-on a little easier for those of us who don't know much about computers. I installed TrackerBlock, clicked a "more" button and was told that I didn't need to do anything more and then clicked again and was told that a zillion tracking companies were now under my control, and was asked to check a box allowing the sending of information to TrackerBlock. What box? Where? I finally clicked the TrackerBlock symbol on Firefox and found the box with the check boxes that must be checked in order for TrackerBlock to do anything at all. I had missed, the first time around, the little "options" box at the bottom of the first page. I hadn't scrolled down because I'd had no idea that there was anything down to which to scroll. Clicking "options" displays the box with the check boxes. Those "options" are about as optional as breathing. Please make them more easily found. Once the check boxes are checked, TrackerBlock seems to work beautifully. I'm finding blank spots where I used to find annoying ads, and ads aren't popping up where I don't want them, and many pages seem to load faster. Even with the niggling complaint above, TrackerBlock rates a 5.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent add-on - well worth using.

Could possibly extend it by integrating it with TrackerScan, giving the user details of trackers on a web page.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.1). 

PrivacyChoice's reply to C.A. Mat on July 13, 2011 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

PrivacyChoice.org wrote on July 13, 2011 :

"Like Better Privacy, TrackerBlock removes .... The difference is .... ... So if you want zero Flash cookies of any kind, you might want to use Better Privacy. If you want zero Flash cookies of any kind, you might want to use Better Privacy as well."

Which extension are you promoting, TrackerBlock or Better Privacy? The download is for the former, not the latter, but you mention the latter more than the former.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.1). 

It's up to you!

Thanks for your review. We're promoting whatever add-on works for your needs. We didn't build TrackerBlock to eliminate all Flash cookies, and if you need that you should use Better Privacy. With TrackerBlock you get more targeted deletion -- Flash cookies that are associated with tracking you across sites, as opposed to Flash cookies that may be used just to improve your experience.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

nice addon

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.1). 

Install and forget LSOs Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is a great add-on. Like many others, I became aware of how to delete LSOs from the Better Privacy add-on. But, I want to allow some LSOs, disallow others, and I don't want to maintain a list myself. PrivacyChoice.org tracks the trackers, so I can be confident that my LSOs won't be used for tracking, and I don't have to manually add exceptions for innocent LSOs. Win!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I don't understand why you would need Better Privacy, doesn't this addon pretty much do the same thing ?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.1).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

TrackerBlock provides focused Flash cookie control

Like Better Privacy, TrackerBlock removes Flash cookies (as well as HTML5 objects, which Better Privacy does not currently handle). The difference is that TrackerBlock focuses on objects from 450+ companies who are engaged in user tracking across sites, who typically write local objects on a third-party basis (i.e. you visit Site abc.com, and you get a Flash cookie from ad network def.com). Better Privacy can be set to delete all Flash cookies. In some cases, this means you are deleting even first-party Flash cookies, which can be useful in saving settings or performing other functions on websites that you visit. So if you want zero Flash cookies of any kind, you might want to use Better Privacy. If you want zero Flash cookies of any kind, you might want to use Better Privacy as well.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Is this true it won't work with Better Privacy? If so can we please get this updated to work with it?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.1). 

We do not see any conflict with Better Privacy

Let us know if you see any issues, but there shouldn't be. Will you please adjust your rating once you have tried?

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is far better than Ghostery, sucks you can't use this with Better Privacy, I like that addon, though I understand why. This updated version did not impact my browser speed much (previous version did).
(EDIT: Seems to work with Better Privacy now ^_^)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0). 

Update coming soon!

Thanks for your comment. We are almost ready to submit an update the resolves the compatibility issues with Ghostery.

Version 2.0 Doesn't Work Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I selected to Opt-out of every cookie listed under Opt-out Cookies and Tracker Blocking. HOWEVER, using Firefox, when I go to Tools / Options / Show Cookies, EVERY cookie which was "opted out" is listed. Whenever I attempted to remove the cookie, it locks up Firefox.

Several Microsoft dump reports have been generated and submitted. Am recommending to Firefox to remove this software from their Add-on listing.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0). 

Clarifying - this is how TrackerBlock is supposed to work

One of the features of this addon is that it keeps opt-out cookies in place, rewriting them at the beginning of each browser session. The cookies you are seeing are NOT tracking cookies, they are non-unique cookies that tell tracking companies not to collect tracking data or show targeted ads.

Many users asked us to provide a combined solution: to both block cookie access and keep opt-out cookies as a "belt and suspenders" approach. Sorry if this is causing any confusion!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent add-on. Please update for FF5.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.1). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hello,

I am the author of the ParanoidKit collection, A featured collection on AMO with +700 followers.

I first must apologize for being a bit rash and careless to the developer. Specifically, I was about 2 months late recieving an email and contact number from the team explaining my prior concerns on this add-on. This reflects very poorly on my part and consequently, may have damaged the add-on's reputation as well. I will continue my review, unbaised over past failures and move forward, but it wouldn't feel right without first disclosing that information.

After heavily scurtinizing the addon, I had my questions answered shortly after my previous post.

Expect for the commercial feel, and some minimal privacy concerns. I feel pretty confident the guys at PrivacyChoice.org have a competent dev team that keeps current with todays privacy issues... so I feel comfortable recommending the add-on, but wish to advise no system is perfect.

This system has 2 weakness:

1) A unique cookie is used to store user prefs instead of updating the add-on every x days (which is fairly reasonable). The cookie stays presistant even when you clear cookies as well. :-/

However, PrivacyChoice seems pretty strict and straight forward on how they wish this data to be handled otherwise. :-\

2) This add-on is dependant on the team that creates its rules. This isn't so much a weakness or failure, but it would be nice to see more community driven stuff. I guess you always welcome to address the dev with your concerns or findings.

I have not tested the effectiveness of this add-on, but my judgement (gut feeling) is this add-on is very effective.

Aside from the commercial feel mentioned earlier, I have no other complaints, and see this as a well made add-on that gets my nod. I will keep this add-on under further (good) consideration.

thank you

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.1).  This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

It blows away both Tacos Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I run the "Apollo! Pack" and I used to have both Tacos in the collection and both actually got WORSE as time went along and I dumped them both. This one performs painlessly and without a hitch. Combined with other security and privacy apps and you will have near impregnable security,airtight privacy and spam free surfing- which alone can speed up your browsing! The bottom line is this one is a true 5 star blockbuster!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1). 

An alternative to Beef Taco, Abine, etc. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works as expected. Yes, the "Preferences"-Button is disabled. But that is intended and no bug. Go to the "Tools"-Menu and click on "PrivacyChoice TrackerBlock" which leads you to this site "http://www.privacychoice.org/trackerblock/firefox".
There you have the "preferences": You can choose to block no companies, all, only the ones without oversight or even pick the ones you want by yourself.
That's it. No need for more settings.

And yes, the addon works great. Very lightweight and no slowdown or whatsoever.

Btw, you can also test it against these two pages (you should not see any opt-out-cookies):
http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
http://www.aboutads.info/choices/

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Doesn't work at all. Can't access "Preferences" to set it up. Lowest rating because it won't run!

Firefox 3.6.13 on Linux Mint OS (Debian/Ubuntu.) Latest versions, just updated.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Update it for FF4

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Despite mixed reviews this add-on does block numerous unwanted and unneeded cookies. Does what it says it does. 5 stars ;-)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This add on is so nice that it actually helps my browsing even better

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Work just fine.
Uninstalled adblock to test this add.

Ps. Fake ratings is a pain the ass...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

Fake Reviews AND Fake Study Rated 1 out of 5 stars

One: Four 5-star reviews from brand new accounts that only ever did one thing. They're fake. Two: The author(s) conducted that study themselves, AND the methodology is bad. (It's at http://blog.privacychoice.org/?p=2129). Install add-ons only from authors whom you trust - and don't trust people who engage in this kind of tactic.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

We want your input, not your flames!

I'm not sure what motivates the hate in this review, but there's nothing nefarious about TrackerBlock. The code is open to see, it has been reviewed and is safe. As far as effectiveness, don't take our word for it. It's easy to do your own study -- just try each of the add-ons for a few days at a time and look at what cookies accumulate. You will find very, very few ad company cookies with ours, and lots with the others. It's that simple.

If you have suggestions on how we can improve the product and make it even more effective, please let us know at contact@privacychoice.org.

By the way, we have had helpful privacy add-ons on Mozilla since early 2009, and well over 300,000 people have successfully used our services. This reviewer's account was created the same day as the review. You be the judge.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great add-on! Easy to use too.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0).