Dark_Ronius

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Name Dark_Ronius
User since July 14, 2008
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My Reviews

New Tab King

Website has shut down Rated 2 out of 5 stars

To the person calling this fake: I was a user of this a number of years ago, and can tell you it's most certainly not fake. The problem is, after the add on installs, it opens their site which has now shut down. So links to a typical inactive url advertiser.

The Add-on itself does still actually work, although a number of the features are broken, and it now looks a lot uglier than it used to. I really hope the developer updates it, as I liked some of the features of it.

Blur

Looks like Abine have found their niche Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The "mask card" feature is the feature that really sets this apart. Not just for privacy, but for protecting your card details. The "mask e-mail" feature which is just as easy to use is also more useful than I thought it would be. It ticks the boxes for password management and tracker blocking as well, although the UI does feel a bit unresponsive and ugly compared to something like Lastpass.

What I'd like to see is ad blocking included. I know they state why it's not a feature, but I'd rather have it all in one package than install seperate add ons. Maybe they could take a leaf out of the "STANDS Fair Ad Blocker" and introduce some kind of ad reducer, along with splitting proceeds between the site and charity? It would be especially useful seeing as that add-on isn't yet available on Firefox!

It's nice to see something as positive as this, after all the negative press since they formed a company from the TACO add on. I presume these cookies are still set?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (7.2.2313). 

Adblock Plus

Most of the hate towards towards ABP is unfair Rated 4 out of 5 stars

People are quick to judge ulterior motives of the "acceptable ads program". I'm sure there is a profit motive to a certain extent; however, in order to work in a business-oriented market, they needed to do it as some kind of acreditation model. I'd rather see sites sign up to something like this than to just fail by following business norms and end up with no ad revenue. I agree with what their survey found in that ultimately I do want to support sites that use more acceptable ads. I've even used the inobtrusive ads list in uBlock and other adblockers when I've tried them out. Again, I think it is something they should be proud of taking on, and maybe they could even promote the list for use in other blockers more.

What I've always disagreed with is having it automatically enabled; I feel it should have been an option after installing, in the same way as blocking tracking and everything else. It is always a little sentence at the end about allowing intrusive ads; they could have at least made it bold. They can certainly claim they inform users, but it all feels very sneaky, like the software publishers that bundle adware but claim it was easy enough to not click install for that. I'm not wanting to put the team on par with rogue software developers, but it is certainly something that begins to damage trust.

I think these guys took an important step, though. I'd maybe like to see two seperate add ons; a normal "adblocker" then an ad reducer, with the inobtrusive ads option and some kind of way to reduce/replace ads, like the Stands Ad Blocker. I feel like there were a lot of ways they could have taken this positive first step for better ads better, while keeping trust with their users. But ultimately they're not the bad guys; "inobtrusive ads" I've come across have kept to their name.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.8.2). 

GNU GNUzilla privacy extension

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Appreciate the features of this add on. However alerts come up in Spanish on my en-GB GNU IceCat.

BetterPrivacy-signed

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great add on; is another vital tool for all privacy warriors.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.48.3.1-signed). 

RefControl

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic add on. Is another important tool in my swiss-army knife of privacy extensions.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8.13). 

CookieCuller

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for this add on. Along with CookieSafe, I have found possible Cookie overkill and have an absolutely fine-tuned control of the cookies that are on my computer. Which is how it should be.

Beef Taco (Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This does just the job it needs to, without the bloat and corporate sheen of the new Taco.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.2.1-signed.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Xmarks Sync

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Xmarks has rapidly become more important for me after increasing annoyances with Firefox Sync. And it does the sync job very well. My only concerns are to do with password storage, as it does not use the firefox password manager and also an interface to see xmarks passwords does not seem to exist. Hopefully this will be integrated with Lastpass, or this functionality will be transferred to or taken over by Lastpass?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.9.2.1-signed). 

LastPass Password Manager

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

There's not a lot I can say about this other than it is perfect. Since I have started using it I have learnt to take my password security much more seriously.

The only faults are in it's other software packages; at the moment it doesn't seem worth me being a paid subscriber as the android application is very poor. However this hasn't affected the score of how well this works with Firefox.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.70.0.1-signed).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Firefox Sync for Firefox 3.5/3.6

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I majorly dislike how I can no longer be trusted to easily create my own sync key. I was using a very strong passphrase, but because of some troubles upgrading I needed to reset the sync key, and was pretty annoyed it was randomly generated without the option to create my own. I now need to either use an e-mail service or keep this sync key written down to synchronise with pcs at parents house and at work. Which strikes me as even less secure than just letting me create my own!! (actually I'm using LastPass's secure notes function to provide this, but the fact I need to rely on another add on to keep this key secure is very, very poor design).

My needs are more and more being met with a combination of LastPass, Xmarks and more recently Siphon; which is a shame as I would prefer to keep my data secured with a non-corporate company than a for-profit company. Please do something to change this; this add on is going in the same direction as the rest of the Firefox project and becoming too bloated. Hence the reason many users are migrating to Chrome!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.1). 

Ad Hacker

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Since Ghostery has turned a bit too corporate for my liking, Ad Hacker has reasonably filled the void. However I would like a better confirmation of the license for this program as I cannot seem to find any information about it.

CookieSafe

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This works absolutely fine for me. I'd like to see the interface updated to work like noscript more, as the primary reason I use this add on is because of it's similarities to noscript. Now noscript doesn't refresh the page until I move the mouse away from the menu, allowing me to "allow" multiple sites without it refreshing each time. If CS could act in a similar way then I would find the experience much smoother; however this is more of an inconvenience then an annoyance.

HTTPS Everywhere

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I'm impressed by this add on. All that is missing is the ability to add/remove custom sites in the interface.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0). 

Siphon - Add-on Synchronizer

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is a fantastic extension. It's a real shame Firefox Sync doesn't have this functionality already- although the way that project is going, all my syncing needs are sadly met by other 3rd party extensions now.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.0). 

NoScript Security Suite

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Although it has taken a long time for the wounds to heal after the whole NoScript/adblock fiasco, I have come to the conclusion that NoScript is the add-on I most trust with my JS blocking needs.

In terms of usability this is the best add on out there. Although initially there is a sort of training period as you allow JS for the different sites you use, after about a week's use you rarely need to tweak anything else. That the interface has been replicated for other add ons like CookieSafe is quite a testament to be proud of.

The only reason this has received 4 stars rather than 5 is because of the previously mentioned issue with AdBlock. Although neither side came away particularly in the right for their actions, NoScript went too far. Also there was the issue of commercial interest in order to make money from the add on. This might not be related to the add on itself, but certainly relates to the security and anti-corporate reasons one would install something like NoScript in the first place. At least it's not gone in the direction of Ghostery or TACO/Albine!!!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.10). 

Beef Taco (Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic Add On. BTW, I'm using AdHacker at the moment as a replacement for Ghostery. I find it a shame these people fail to realise the anti-corporate noises being made by installing these add ons, by then turning themselves into a commercial company. They do not seem to understand their audience, methinks; the first important part of any business!!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.0). 

Strata40

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Been using this under Windows, Mac and K/Ubuntu, and I absolutely love it. Curiously it looks absolutely gorgeous in KDE whilst pretty average looking in Gnome. It goes without saying this also looks great on Windows. Looks good on Mac too, although it's still a little glitchy.

Chrome Package

Fantastic! Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is exactly what I wanted! It was the first one I tried, then I had a go at Chromin Frame. However this is in my opinion the superior one.

I'm using this along with Compact Menu 2, Spotlight and the Smart Stop/Reload Button extension and it gives a really nice, neat browser, very similar to chrome but compatible with all my other plugins.

infoRSS

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Seemed to leave loads of avp*.tmp files in C:\Windows\Temp .

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.4.2).