eggyolk

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Name eggyolk
User since December 19, 2007
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My Reviews

CookieCuller

Nice Little Helper Rated 5 out of 5 stars

CookieCuller is the only tool I know of that allows for managing individual cookies. Most cookie management tools provide only rules based on server addresses. In certain situations, a more fine-grained control is desired.

I agree to the criticism of some of the reviewers regarding the user interface. In the beginning, one must experiment a bit in order to establish the correct interplay between the cookie management of firefox and CookieCuller: I usually switch off all cookie deleting done by firefox and switch on 'Delete Unprotected Cookies on Startup' in Tools -> Add-ons -> CookieCuller -> Preferences. It would be very helpful if this important option could be moved to Tools -> CookieCuller. To avoid an unintentional loss of cookies in the beginning I suggest to shut down firefox and to make a backup copy of the file cookies.sqlite in one's firefox profile directory.

Another con is that CookieCuller deletes unwanted cookies only at the next start of firefox instead of deleting them at shut down.

Bottom line: Thanx for making available this nice little helper!

OptimizeGoogle

Thanx! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Until today, I used CookieCuller to keep a single cookie when starting firefox: This was google's PREF cookie that contains the google search preferences amongst other things. Only recently I became aware that among these 'other things' there is a unique ID making possible the correlation of google searches across many sessions.To change that ID but to keep the cookie with its preferences I tried several approaches: (1) I wrote a greasemonkey script. This worked out but needed a bit of tinkering. (2) I manipulated cookies.sqlite via a script. However, this could only be done when firefox is not running. (Firefox locks the db file.) (3) I installed OptimizeGoogle which was the easiest and most powerful solution.Currently, I use the sticky preferences of OptimizeGoogle (only session cookies permitted). As a consequence, one has to change the google search preferences within the preferences of OptimizeGoogle instead at google's search settings page. If further testing reveals any problems with this approach, I will revert to the solution based on a permanent google PREF cookie, in which case the UID anonymizing feature of OptimizeGoogle will still prevent google from correlating searches. So far my tests are very limited (opensuse 11.1 + firefox 3.6.12, test duration = several days, only google search preferences and UID anonymizing switched on), but until now OptimizeGoogle works nicely!Bottom line: Finding a good balance between privacy and convenience is a tricky business. Tools like OptimizeGoogle play an important role by helping the non-expert to gain more convenience without sacrificing privacy. To support maintenance and further development I just made a small donation via the project's home page (my first one for a mozilla add-on). Thanx!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.78.1).