COOKIEKEEPER - A BLESSING Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This review was originally posted on Feb 16, 2014, but Mozilla deleted it (twice) along with my 5/5 rating, and deleted the corresponding developer's response.
Stop micromanaging people's genuine reviews and instead focus your efforts on reducing the memory footprint of Firefox because it's a hog. Firefox 27 is more of a memory hog than Firefox 8 with only a handful of tabs opened, despite Mozilla’s MemShrink ongoing project over the last 2.5 years, aiming to reduce the memory consumption of Firefox. Sort it out FFS.
If you want people to use Firefox rather than its nemesis, Chrome and its the various Chromium builds, Mozilla will have to fix what's been broken version after version. By dumbing down the features listed in the menus simply alienates power-users (e.g. history removal after a specified time, and the option to toggle the disabling/enabling of images). Having to change such options in a convoluted way by digging around in the about:config frustrates and annoys the end-user.
And stop messing around with the UI. Firefox's heritage is built on the premise of being feature-rich, not looking anorexic, as Chrome appears.
I've never used the previous incarnation of CookieKeeper, that is CookieCuller, however I've been fighting a losing battle with managing cookies in all the major browsers for a decade. In Firefox that involved using various cookie manager extensions.
Cookies are so pervasive that many sites insist on cookies being enabled in order to view the site, else the site is either displayed incorrectly or not at all.
It's a challenge in itself to configure NoScript and RequestPolicy (two of the most invaluable extensions for Firefox) for one's frequently accessed sites, not to mention having to deal with sanctioning temporary permit rules for other one-time viewed sites.
Having to set further permissions governing cookies make browsing a painful experience, but I refuse to take risks by shunning aside security and pursuing a high-risk care-free browsing attitude.
CookieKeeper is a blessing - it has totally changed the way I manage cookies. No more implicit deny cookies unless explicitly allowed per site, and then having to fiddle around with temporarily allowing cookies for newly visited sites.With CookieKeeper, only sites with which I have an ID / account, or specific cookie names for a given site that holds my preferences, are now protected. As far as all the other cookies are concerned, I don't give a $#1t. :D They are automatically deleted upon Firefox's exit.
CookieKeeper along with Cookies Manager+ (an amazing cookie manager/editor) makes cookie micro-management a thing of the past, yet retaining full control.
IMPROVEMENTS & FEATURES
In the 'Protected Cookies' dialog box that shows all the cookies protected from deletion, via CookieKeeper's 'Preferences', the cookies appear to be listed in order of the time of having been given protected status.
It would be much more helpful if the protected cookies were listed alphabeticlly by domain name.
In the main dialog box of CookieKeeper that display's the cookies, it would helpful to have a right-click context menu upon clicking both the domain name and each individual cookie, which would give various options such as remove cookie, protect cookie, edit cookie, and block cookie (block cookie not needed if (5) below is implemented - and who wants to micro-manage cookies anyway ?) similar to the extension CookieMan Context ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cookieman-context/ )
The CookieKeeper icon (located in either the Menu Bar or Add-on Bar) could have a drop-down menu giving the option to delete all non-protected cookies (similar to the drop-down menu of Adblock Plus), thereby reducing the clicks needed to open CookieKeeper's window and clicking 'Remove All Cookies".
The brown CookieKeeper icon could reflect whether the current tab possesses a protected cookie, an unprotected cookie, a mix of both protected and unprotected cookies, or no cookie, by way of implementing a traffic-light color system, e.g., the CookieKeeper icon turns green if all cookie(s) for the current tab is/are protected, yellow if a mix of protected and unprotected cookies exist, and red for unprotected cookies. The CookieKeeper icon will retain its original brown color if no cookie is present for the current tab.
In this way, one will instantly be able to identify whether a site that should have it's cookies protected, has or has not its cookies protected. If it has not, then one may take action to protect the cookie(s), simply based upon visualizing the color of CookieKeeper's icon.
Although non-protected cookies may be deleted on-demand and upon Firefox's exit, an enhancement of this would be to force non-protected cookies to be culled after either one of two events has occurred:
a) a predetermined configurable time has elapsed after a cookie's last access time
b) when the cookies are no longer used by currently open tabs
In this way tracking cookies won't have a fighting chance. However dealing with and eradicating zombie cookies becomes an another challenge altogether.
I hope this extension becomes extremely popular, more so than its predecessor CookieCuller, for CookieKeeper can be the extension that finally truly resolves cookie hell.