|User since||March 9, 2012|
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Disappointing Rated 2 out of 5 stars
I have been a user of Abine's Privacy Suite for many years and have found it to be very effective. I tested their new extension MaskMe since it appears that they are no longer supporting Privacy Suite. At least for me, this has proved to be a downgrade. Although the functions are supposedly similar, the interfaces don't work nearly as well. For example, when logging on to a website, the autofill options are not available for more than half the sites (including major ones like google, yahoo and facebook). In Privacy Suite, I would click on the logon box and my account information would pop up in a window. With MaskMe, I get nothing. When I have not signed into MaskMe with the security code, there is no box to tell me so and to enter a password, unlike Privacy Suite. I have to click on the MaskMe icon to get the menu window, click on one of the options such as saved passwords, and only when I click on a view password do I get the MaskMe login box. This is only one example (there are others, but I don't want to make this review a laundry list of flaws). I like Abine's philosophy and have generally had good experience with their products, but this one seems not ready for prime time. I, for one, plan to go back to Privacy Suite until this becomes more user friendly.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.25.303.1-signed.1-signed).
Very Useful Privacy add-on Rated 5 out of 5 stars
PrivacySuite by Abine is a tremendously useful add-on and helps maintain your privacy in a number of ways. I first became aware of it on a radio interview about internet privacy almost two years ago, and have been using it since.
There are a number of ways it protects the user:
1. It blocks tracking, especially by third party cookies, but still gives the user full control over which to block or not block.
2. It block ad networks from profiling you. Again, these are easily selectable and any individual one can be unblocked if desired.
3. It will create an anonymous ID and issue a protected email address for online forms.
4. It stores your site IDs and passwords in a password-protected location within the add-on so that you need to remember only the one password. Multiple IDs for sites are permitted, and the login pop-up allows you to select which ID to use. It is flexible to either sign on to the site or just fill in the login information, useful on some financial sites that automatically obscure the user ID when logging in.
5. It will create and store a unique password for a given site.
6. It stores credit card data if you want for easy checkout.
The stored information is accessible via either of two icons placed in the status bar on the right side of the window. From there, you can open the main window or just the login box. It's not perfect. There are some sites that the login dialog needs to be coaxed open. There are some sites where it doesn't work well, and often will tell you so. But given the huge array of things it gets right, these are minor inconveniences.