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|User since||July 24, 2009|
|Number of add-ons developed||2 themes|
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To anyone considering using this addon, I urge you not to. The main problem is that opt-out cookies do little or nothing to protect your privacy or stop you from being tracked by tracking cookies!
If you don't want to be tracked, then don't accept any cookies from advertisers, and if you don't want to see ads, then use an adblocker. Adblock plus with a privacy subscription would be a good start for both of these; there are many other options too, including other products from Abine. Unfortunately this one is simply the wrong approach, and is almost certainly not what you want. Abine should do the right thing, and retire it from the Addons web site.
To anyone considering using this addon, I urge you not to. The main problem is that it does little or nothing to protect your privacy or stop you from being tracked by tracking cookies!
If you don't want to be tracked, then don't accept any cookies from advertisers, and if you don't want to see ads, then use an adblocker. Adblock plus with a privacy subscription would be a good start for both of these; there are many other options too. Unfortunately Beef Taco (or any of the related "TACO" addons) is simply the wrong approach, and is almost certainly not what you want. It has a long history and may have been useful in the past when there were no other options, but now there are. With all due respect, the developer should do the right thing, and retire it from the Addons web site. It's had a good run, and the work is appreciated, but it's time to let people move on to other more effective solutions.
On the Mac, shift-control-click also brings up the context menu, which is annoying. Also, shift-control-hyphen doesn't seem to do anything. It could be a good addon, but I give it only two stars, for not even bothering to test it on a Mac...
As of Firefox 23 or so, the Mac trackpad swipe gesture no longer works with Back to Close. I put a bug report in Firefox bugzilla, about the problem, "Bug 925906 - MozSwipeGesture event no longer fires when no browser back history" - hope that helps!
great addon, but beware of bugs in the 1.6pre5 version, it installs weird toolbar icons, makes your "find again" key command hide all your tabs (use "panorama" to get them back), and who knows what else... looking forward to a finished version!This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.1).
in Firefox 23, the mac gestures (two finger swipe) don't seem to work anymore, to close the tab with Back to Close. Would be great if it could be fixed! Otherwise a very useful addon.This user has other reviews of this add-on.
The addon works well for what it's designed to do - allow you to temporarily turn cookies on or off globally. The extra option to remove cookies that were collected during the time you had them enabled is a real plus. The ability to quickly "whitelist" a site is also helpful, but it's unfortunate that the addon gives no simple method to "unwhitelist". If you change your mind about a site, you have to open the whitelist to manually search for and remove the site's entry.
It's a bit difficult to understand the developer's reluctance to consider making the whitelist button "on/off", instead of "on / do nothing". I don't see that it would add any complexity to the addon. Even if the need to unwhitelist a site is rare - in the way he uses it - it still happens. It seems to me such a change would add to the "convenience/simplicity" of the addon, rather than take away from it. An option to remove a site's cookies when you unwhitelist it would be even more convenient...
For people like me who prefer to temporarily whitelist a site that I may be only using for a day or two, rather than enable cookies globally, there are other options such as Cookie Monster, CS Lite, etc. - unfortunately they have their own problems (overly complex, ugly)... but at least this addon gives you the option to hide the whitelist button, in case you want to use an alternative method.
Buggy, buggy, buggy. New version on sourceforge: also buggy.
No-one should be installing this addon anymore. It's obsolete and really doesn't work well. Don't even bother reading the reviews. Even the developer recommends using another product...
DoNotTrackMe, or Adblock Plus with EasyPrivacy subscription, will do what you want. This just won't. For one thing, opt-out cookies don't stop the companies from tracking you, just from showing you ads based on the tracking, which they will continue to do even if you "opt out".
I've been using this for a while, and it's great in many ways, reasonably simple, good-looking icons, and the ability to remove cookies that were added is handy.
However, I find myself often wanting to whitelist a site temporarily (eg. Facebook) without turning on all cookies globally, especially now with the new "private windows" in Firefox 20. So unfortunately, I have to look for a different addon, or hope this one can be improved.
The problem is that once you click the Whitelist button, it's not simple to revert. It turns grey and becomes inactive. If you click it again, nothing happens. If you want to "unwhitelist" a site, you have to open the whitelist window and remove the exception by hand.
It would be so much nicer and simpler if the button would just toggle, and immediately unwhitelist the site!
I don't think it should just turn blue though. It might be better if it would indicate the status of whether a site is whitelisted or not, like the Cookies button lights up when cookies are accepted, and goes dim when not. So then the "+" sign would probably not be the right symbol to use.
Being able to unwhitelist by simply clicking again on the button would earn an extra star on this review, and an additional option to delete the site's cookies when you unwhitelist it would get five stars, and my thanks!
beware, this addon makes permanent changes to your browser's behavior, even if you uninstall it!
if you change some of the settings, the addon doesn't offer any way to go back to the defaults. the changes are made to hidden preferences in your about:config, and those changes stay permanently, even if you uninstall the addon. there is no list anywhere of which preferences are changed, making it very difficult to manually set things back to the way they were, using about:config.
if you install this addon, make sure you write down all the settings before you change any of them, because there's no going back!!
it doesn't work! description says it's supposed to do the same as pressing 'enter' in the address bar, i.e., check if the page has changed and reload only changed resources. but it doesn't, changes are not loaded. this has been reported as a bug in the support page already six months ago, and seems to be confirmed by the developer, that it doesn't actually work... don't waste your time!
- doesn't support swipe navigation (three-finger or two-finger) gestures on Mac trackpad.
- looks ugly, square icon put into round hole on back button.
Mac users, try "back to close" addon instead, works well...
addon works well, does what it says...
there's a cosmetic bug on the mac, when you open a new window, a line of many icons is shown in the toolbar for a moment. especially if you're re-opening a session with several windows, all these strange icons looks a bit weird and ugly, and makes you wonder if something is broken with your browser... it took me a while to figure out it was the fault of "back to close".
other than that, great addon! but you do need to use it in conjunction with some quick way to "undo close tab", because it happens a lot accidentally.
however, i disagree with the suggestion to make "forward" do "undo close tab" if there's no forward history, that's not a good idea. first, a lot of the time the window you get back to after closing a tab will already have a forward history. so, sometimes it will do what you want (undo close) and sometimes not (go forward instead). it's not a reliable way of handling the situation, and would lead to more frustration.
also, it creates another situation for accidentally doing something you don't want. that is, if your window has no forward history and you try to go forward, you will accidentally re-open the last closed tab. then if you try to close it again by going back, but it has a back history, it won't work either. i imagine it also leading to more frustration...
i think when a tab has no back history, closing it makes a lot of sense. but when a tab has no forward history, reopening the last closed tab doesn't make so much sense.
I was looking for something to auto-hide the addons bar. I like the clean look of firefox with no addon/status bar, like safari. But I don't have enough room on my toolbar for all the addon buttons. This seemed like a good solution.
Well, it works, but... when it hides the addons bar, it's replaced by a blank grey bar, nearly the size of the addon bar itself! What is the point of it then?
The auto-hiding of the toolbar works, but is also very annoying. If you don't use "tabs on top", then whenever you go to click on a tab, you nearly always overshoot a little - this causes the toobar to un-hide, which drops the tab bar down, so you have to re-target the tab you wanted to click or else you'll click somewhere on the toolbar.
One more thing, the bookmarks bar autohiding doesn't work on a mac (well, it hides, but it won't show again) and the control buttons in the tab bar don't appear.
Seemed like it had potential, but I was disappointed, and uninstalled it.
doesn't work on the mac, default theme, no button is visible and nothing happens...
no button appears on the customize toolbar pane either...
Great idea to have immediate access to a history pop-up menu. But middle-click doesn't work well for me, I have a mac and I would like to use command-click (I guess that's control-click on a PC) . I wish you could specify which key/click combination you want.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.2.1).
Awesome! One of the best addons I have. My daily computing experience is noticeably improved.
I'm no longer afraid to restart Firefox and wait five minutes for everything to load. My computer runs much better with more free memory, and no pesky scripts or flash content eating up CPU when I'm not looking at them. This is the way all tabbed browsers should work! Thanks!
Useful for removing cookies after browsing.
The history cleaning function would also be very useful, if it worked - but it doesn't. Do not use this addon to clear your history! You should use another addon like "Stealther" or "Distrust" instead, if you want to make sure all history entries are removed.
The developer warns that "In some rare cases, the browser history may not be cleared totally." However, the cases are not rare at all! Just click on any .jpg image, or a page anchor link, a link to a php download script, or many other kinds of common everyday links, and you will see they are not removed from the history, when using the "remove all pages viewed from the browser's history" option. Those URLs will remain in your history, and will show up when typing in the address bar, for example.
The developer has acknowledged the bug, and has been very helpful in working to try to fix it, but says he is unable to. See https://www.mozdev.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=22094 for more info. I have asked him to remove the function from the addon, because some people are still trying to use it, and may not see the warning - see the review from TrAsHeR51 for example.
So, three stars for the cookie-cleaning function, but just "close'n forget" about the history cleaning, unfortunately it's broken and seems that it won't be fixed.
Version 0.3 seems to work as advertised, no longer wipes out all your important persistent cookies :)
Since the release notes mention me personally, I would like to add the following information, since I can't seem to contact the developer any other way:
I did in fact take the time to send a very detailed bug report by e-mail, using my private address, several days before posting the review, but received no reply. It would be nice if he checked his spam folder before accusing me of lying.
The previous one-star review was due to the addon destroying important data of mine, which was annoying and took a good deal of time to reconstruct. I felt it proper to post a warning to others about it, since the developer did not answer the e-mail.
I don't think that I was "using it wrong" or failing to read the instructions properly. The addon claims to "nuke session cookies", so I did not think it was necessary to whitelist non-session (persistent) cookies.
The developer doesn't seem to realize that Firefox already has a built-in whitelisting (exception) capability normally used by people like him who run their browsers "in a mode where all cookies are treated as session cookies" i.e., set to keep until "I close Firefox". The extra whitelisting functionality in the addon seems to me unecessary and complicated.
By the way, my address on this mozilla account has always been "real", but was out of date, I've updated it now.
Would give five stars except for confusing whitelisting functionality, and slightly annoying attitude from the developer :-) However, I do appreciate the work and effort, and am thankful to have this useful addon.