Bob Smith

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Name Bob Smith
User since January 16, 2008
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Enforce Encryption

Yes? No? Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Well, I'm seeing the "Enforce encrypted connection" with a Yes checkbox as shown in the one screenshot above (as of this posting, APR 3 2015).

But I'm also seeing sites where No is the checkbox instead - not represented with a screenshot above.

How to use, above: "Make sure that •the checkbox• next to 'Enforce encrypted connection?' is checked."

Please explain the effect(s) of a checked/unchecked Yes versus a checked/unchecked No.

Nice extension otherwise. But 3/5 stars for insufficient documentation.

Privacy Badger

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This addons site is not maintained nor does the "Check for Updates" in 0.1.4 work in the browser Add-ons Manager.

Latest updates available only here:
https://www.eff.org/privacybadger
Version 0.2.5 as of this posting.
Has many improvments over 0.1.4.

Toolbar button OK in v36.0.

This is a superb privacy tool and takes care of the "bits and pieces" missed by Ghostery and AdBlock+ Easy List & Privacy.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1.4). 

Flash Control

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I concur with IcemanSR: a worthy successor of old flashblock. I dumped Adobe Flash on all my systems last year and Flash Control is exactly what I needed to handle HTML5.

It works A-OK in Cyberfox 64-bit Portable which is what I switched to when I got fed up with Palemoon.

•For those of us not Ajaxian, what is the purpose of "Override Ajax Anchor"? I've tried it on and off in youtube and what it does just doesn't seem readily apparent.

Thanks!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2.1-signed). 

Flashblock

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Windows 7 HP SP1 x64
Firefox ESR 31.1.1
On this system Flash is NOT installed.
On sites where a player auto-runs, Flashblock 1.5.17 blocks only the video; audio still plays. On sites not auto-run, video is static (still image) or blacked-out while audio plays. This needs some serious fixing.

Still works OK on systems with Flash.

No releases in 18+ months, tho. Has development been abandoned??

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.17.1-signed). 

DNSSEC/TLSA Validator

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've been following the whole DNSSEC thing for a long time.

I'm assuming this extension works as I see the green "Secured by DNSSEC" and "Certificate corresponds to TLSA" icons in the address bar for dnssec-validator.cz. But that's it.

All my banking and commerce sites (Bank of America, Wells Fargo, PayPal, Amazon, eBay, etc. etc. etc. etc.), Google, Bing... nada. All "Not secured by DNSSEC." Same for the dozens and dozens and dozens of sites I've visited.

Only one, mymedicare.gov, is Secured, but is "Non-existent TLSA record."

I've used all the Resolver settings, system and "without," and 8.8.8.8@53, 8.8.8.8 and 217.31.204.130 - no difference in results.

So that just leaves me to wonder what the heck is the Big Deal about DNSSEC? Why is no one using it??

Unfortunately, its disuse renders this DNSSEC extension as nothing more than a novelty. But that doesn't mean it deserves less than five stars.

PortableApps Firefox 31.0 - Win7hpSp1x64 - Validator v2.1.2

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.5.1-signed.1-signed). 

Web of Trust, WOT: Website Reputation Ratings

Use Web of "Trust" at your own risk. Rated 1 out of 5 stars

That this extension offers any security or safety to Internet use is appreciated by only the uneducated, uninformed and those who accept the propaganda spewed by the developer.

Just ask jackmyman, phatrabbit and skoopie276... They'll tell you I'm right.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (20131118.1-signed). 

Silvermel

How about that TBird 10.0?? Rated 5 out of 5 stars

When TB 10.0?? Who cares about "just check the relevant Silvermel forum for download link" to some get pre-trunk-r thing. Whatever that is and don't care. Don't make me look for another theme! :) :)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.4.4.1-signed). 

Perspectives

Close but no cigar. Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Uninstalled. After several months of use, I got tired of seeing "no results" from their servers. Like a security company that fails to answer the phone half the time - what good is it? Perspectives is a noble effort and I wish them luck as they move forward.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (4.2.1-signed). 

Change Referer Button

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Perfect. Having used it since 2005, I never actually needed all of RefControl's granularity tho I did have to whitelist many sites (paypal, banks, amazon, etc.). I had to abandon it when it went broken in Firefox 5 (fully documented and emailed to Mr. Abbatiello. Twice.). CRB is an elegant solution. I keep it at zero 99.9% of the time and when I have to refer I hit that nice big icon as needed. THANKS cK-LFC!! Goodbye RefControl.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.43.1-signed). 

Bitdefender TrafficLight for Firefox

Outstanding Protection Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Like another reviewer here, I'm not wild about site search results and have it turned off, as I do AVG's LinkScanner Search-Shield. And I dumped Web Of idioTs long ago.

That said, this is The Next Big Thing in security extensions for Firefox. I've been using TrafficLight since June and watched it get better and better to its current excellence. It's so effective I've unchecked Firefox's two "Block reported..." Security settings.

It should be noted that this extension and the ones for Chrome and Safari in Windows, Linux and Mac OS X are not the same as the the "full" version. For Windows only, it's downloaded as WebInstaller.exe from the BitDefender site and it installs full-time scanning engines.

The extensions rely on the cloud except for antiphishing and whitelists which are signatures stored locally and updated regularly, checked for hourly. You can find the sigs in prefs.js in Firefox and in a Chrome .localstorage file.

I'm looking forward to TrafficLight's development and evolution. What amazes me the most, tho, is this is from one of the industry's most stellar developers and it's... Free!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1.19.1-signed). 

RefControl

Broken Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I've been using this extension with success for years. But I must agree with previous reviewer Paul Leger - it's not working anymore. I wrapped up a report and some screen shots and emailed them to James, as yet unanswered. Hopefully it'll get fixed. In the meantime, I'm un-installing. Sad.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8.15.1-signed). 

Certificate Patrol

Five Stars for Certificate Patrol Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm running v2.0.6 with Perspectives 2.4 in Firefox 5.0 Portable under WinXP Pro SP3 32-bit. No problems.

Feature request: a user configurable setting to enable and time out (i.e. 10 seconds) to collapse the yellow bar. See that in action with the BetterPrivacy add-on "Autoremove message after .... seconds" Thank you!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.3.1-signed). 

OptimizeGoogle

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

A-OK for a long time in FF3 (I never used FF4).
This extension is mostly broken in FF5. Sticky prefs seem to work but ads aren't blocked, filters don't filter. Looking forward to fixes. Thanks and good luck!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.78.2). 

XNote++

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

XNote as installed in TB 3.0.x WILL NOT survive an upgrade to TB 3.1. THE INSTALLER GIVES FAIR WARNING OF THIS and if you choose to continue, XNote WILL BE DISABLED!

I inquired with Lorenz Froihofer and he had this to report:
"Currently, I don't have the time to investigate this. Probably the extension works as is and just needs to be allowed to be used with TB 3.1. You could try that for a TB 3.1 test installation. The only thing you have to do in order to make XNote install on TB 3.1 is to extract the installation file with a ZIP-extractor, change the line "3.0.*" to "3.1.*" in install.rdf, ZIP it again, rename .zip to .xpi, install it, and see if everything works. If no, we need to upgrade the code."

I uninstalled the XNote running in my current TB 3.0.4 and then installed the extension modified as above. The update to TB 3.1 went smoothly without alerts and XNote works just fine!

Even though it worked for me, proceed at your own risk.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.2.0pre1). 

Toolbar Buttons

Button Request Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Well, the "no sign up needed" codefisher forum thinks I'm a spammer, so... Requesting, please, a button to open google as https. Thank you!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.0.8). 

SB2

Pathetic Uninstall Rated 1 out of 5 stars

@sloane911
"After uninstalling Finjan add-on I discovered that it had not completely removed itself. about:config reveals 9 entries for Finjan still remain"
Verified! Those nine entries represent about 300kb of "stuff" in Firefox's prefs.js which must be edited out manually. BTW, that nearly _doubles_ the size of a typical prefs.js file.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.314). 

SB2

Gmail junk verified Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The junk alerts are a known issue within the Firefox and Gmail communities.
http://support.mozilla.com/tiki-view_forum_thread.php?comments_parentId=368142&forumId=1
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=791cad3e2bed7da3&hl=en
The issue remains even with v1.316 in FF 3.5.2. I have sent emails, since June, to support at finjan dot com.
So far, no replies, no fixes. So sad.
UPDATE: I sent Fingan the links for this site and the ones for Mozilla and Google support postings and apparently that got their attention. I received a reply that they'll be looking into it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.314). 

Stealther

Fixing Firefox after Stealther Rated 1 out of 5 stars

First, uninstall any version of Stealther you have.

Then find the previous review about removing the entries from prefs.js and do it.

Go to your preferences' privacy, security and advanced/network tabs and set your cookies, history, passwords and cache.

Go to about:config -

Set browser.sessionstore.enabled to true.
Set browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo to 10 (the default). This will re-enable your Recently Closed Tabs.

Set network.http.sendRefererHeader to 2. This will re-enable the referrer header which A LOT of finance and banking sites need. I am fairly certain most victims of a Stealther blowup don't even know their referrer function is broken...

Restart Firefox.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.99). 

QuickJava

Better than NoScript if... Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is better than NoScript if you are already managing Flash (and other security, i.e. element and tracking filters) witch Flashblock and Adblock+ as NoScript steps all over those two extensions.

I'd give this a 10 if Toolbar buttons were available. Status Bar objects are just fine, tho.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.4.2.1).