Privacy Watchdog

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Name Privacy Watchdog
User since April 7, 2011
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NoScript Security Suite

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ADD-ON EVER MADE.

The fact that client-side scripting hasn't been outlawed or at least banned by all developed nations just goes to show you how little people understand the issue.

It used to be that those of us who knew better could run with all scripting globally disabled, but the web is developed by "artists" these days who almost require scripting to do anything. Forget that servers are more powerful than ever and there's less of a need for it; enabling javascript is sometimes required.

If you're reading this, install it or I will beat you senseless. And the first time a "friend" of yours sends you an email with a drive-by download embedded that infects everyone else with a virus, but not you because you have JS selectively disabled, you'd better send this guy a donation!

If you have a few hours to waste, just search the web on javascript and security and see how long it takes for it to sink in that you really need javascript disabled by default.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.1.2.3). 

Beef Taco (Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out)

Notice: It just sets opt-out cookies. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

As the pro-advertising person below wrote, it has nothing to do with ad removal. It just helps you with {{reputable}} advertisers that respect opting out. Having worked in online advertising since the beginning, I can say with certainty that information on you will still be tracked, because hey guess what? They are Capitalists whose lunch money comes from tracking your surfing and shopping habits.

Again: It just sets opt-out cookies! And the add-on does exactly what it claims to.

If you don't want to see or participate in advertising, targeted or not, you need to put some effort into it. Downloading a couple FF extensions will not just magically make it all go away. I suggest you search on running local proxy server with redirection. (I filter 95% of ad servers from actually talking to my machines. I redirect everything to a blackhole address, and under these circumstances these cookies will *never be read* by their servers as no computer behind my firewall's redirect rules actually contact these machines. In this respect, Beef TACO is "useless" to me and others who do the same.)

If you're running naked however, it's better than nothing. Although you're still trusting Capitalist marketers and advertisers to honor something you have no ability to verify. Yea, sure. Got it?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.5). 

AdvertBan

Know what you are doing. Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Pay attention. AdBan is a resolver proxy. You will be submitting every URL you try to access to them for scrutiny. But also data logging and mining. They want to make money. You may or may not care, but you should be aware of this.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.1).