Ty Evans

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Name Ty Evans
Location La Jolla, CA
Occupation College student
User since January 30, 2009
Number of add-ons developed 0 add-ons
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Firefox Sync for Firefox 3.5/3.6

A comprehensive analysis: Dump FF Sync = Save Xmarks Rated 1 out of 5 stars

It surely must puzzle most all people who are experienced or power level users as to how anyone could rate FF Sync with more than one or two stars, even at best. After reviewing most of the comments, it appears some are likely "plants" of the application's author(s) and friends, or are perhaps casual level users. This is not to disparage those who have entered legitimate comments. Nevertheless, to determine whether or not FF Sync had any real merit at all for the majority of users, such as those who use Xmarks on a regular basis, et al, we put an unofficial test group together among fellow students at UCSD in order to evaluate if FF Sync worked as claimed. Without boring people with every detail, it's accurate to say the test was conducted straightforward, fairly, and without bias by every test group user, all of who are in the experienced or power level categories, and using the author's information as provided. Using 28 computers consisting of laptops and desktops, with XP, Vista, or W7 OS's, we installed FF Sync on Firefox browsers with the latest updates in all cases. In every case without exception, FF Sync failed to work as claimed. In fact, it caused browser lock-ups and / or crashes in more than two-thirds of the cases. In all cases it caused the browsers to freeze-up ("Not Responding") and remained in that state until it stopped "syncing". In virtually every case that state remained for several minutes or longer depending on the number of bookmarks each system contained. Conclusion: No application should freeze-up a browser and render it unusable while functioning; Read: "Not Responding". Any application that causes a browser to freeze at best, or crash at worst, is both useless and poorly designed. FF Sync may possibly work on some rare occasions perhaps where a user has a simple system and very few bookmarks, but even in those cases it is suspect. For the great majority of users this is not the case. FF Sync doesn't even come close to the Xmarks application in function or usability. In fact FF Sync is so far behind Xmarks that it doesn't even merit "also ran" status. In other words, let the user beware. And good luck to those who choose to use it, they'll need it. Rating: In actuality a "Minus One Star". FF Sync was removed from every system after the conclusion of the test and Xmarks enabled once again. A final note: No one in our unofficial test group was or is in any way whatsoever connected to or even knows anyone associated with Xmarks. Our objective was merely to evaluate this application, as we have done with other applications, and without any bias whatsoever. We conducted this test for our own satisfaction and to determine if there was any value at all with FF Sync. In our opinion there is none.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5).  This user has 3 previous reviews of this add-on.

Firefox Sync for Firefox 3.5/3.6

100% JUNK Rated 1 out of 5 stars

If there was a -0 rating it would be too good for this piece of junk some fools call an add-on. It is the worst of the worse. It never works right on Firefox or Wyzo. It locks up the browser, or worse it locks up the whole computer at times. At best it just crashes the browser. Every person we know says the same thing about here at UCSD. It's even a subject on the campus web - that's how bad this thing is. And everyone is uninstalling it. Let's save Xmarks! It's the only good product for this purpose.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Firefox Sync for Firefox 3.5/3.6

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Unfortunately this just doesn't do the job. It may work for someone who has just a few bookmarks. But it does not sync the toolbar bookmarks, and does not sync many folders, nor subfolders at all. Perhaps this is an early release and needs a lot of work yet to be finished.

I do agree with the majority of others who have commented that you should strike a deal with Xmarks and acquire the rights and program. Xmarks has had some growing pains, but at least it did sync all the bookmarks without any lost, etc. And for those who didn't understand how such programs work, they just need to do some research. The method used has been quire safe and secure. No issues there.

Best of luck.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.4.4).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

Click&Clean

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Apparently Serge_S you didn't read correctly. Not only did I explain how trackers program flash cookies to reinstall immediately after an attempt is made to delete them, I also included web site addresses where readers can learn more about this issue.
As further evidence of this FACT, first install the "Better Privacy" add-on found here on the Firefox add-on site, and then use it to remove the flash cookies, close the "Better Privacy" tool, and then reopen it and you will find that every flash cookie that was removed on the first attempt will all have been reinstalled immediately after you closed the tool. Then use the “Click&Clean” tool to do the same thing. Go back and use the “Better Privacy” tool (because it actually provides a list of all the flash cookies installed) and recheck. You will find the list of flash cookies is repopulated again, which verifies that the flash cookies are reinstalled. Many of the researchers that have studied this issue in detail have concluded this FACT as well.

As far as Adobe's information is concerned, I am very familiar with it, and the fact that in order to use these so-called settings, EVERY flash cookie has to be individually blocked, one at a time. Secondly, many of the trackers in conjunction with Adobe have also included code to reverse the settings to allow the flash cookies to be installed again. If you need further evidence, read the article's for which I provided the web site links.

Further research will also yield studies conducted by many university research centers, such as Berkley, MIT, et al, all of whom have verified these same findings. As the Berkley study clearly points out the FACTS, and I quote: "Several services even use the surreptitious data storage to reinstate traditional cookies that a user deleted, which is called ‘re-spawning’ in homage to video games where zombies come back to life even after being “killed,” the report found. So even if a user gets rid of a website’s tracking cookie, that cookie’s unique ID will be assigned back to a new cookie again using the Flash data as the “backup.”.

Once again, neither this nor any other tool can or does remove all flash cookies 100%, and that is a FACT!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.6.5.0). 

Bookmark Previews

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Needs to be updated to work with the latest Firefox browser.

TV-FOX - Watch TV Online

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

This is a HIJACKING app. It reverts to it default settings and forces only its programed options. Do NOT install this app unless you want to accept only its default settings.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.1). 

Privacy +

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Sadly, there is no software currently available anywhere that will remove Flash Cookies. All any of these programs do at best is temporarily remove some of them. The developers of these flash cookies are very aware of all these deletion attempts, so they add a variety of codes that prevent any deletions. The programs move the cookies to several different files in the system which allows them to continuously repopulate immediately after they are removed from any of the locations. No developer of any of these deletion programs has come up with a way to find and delete these flash cookies all at the same time, and prevent them from being added again. One of the biggest culprits is Adobe with their Flash Player, along with other programs, which has always been a security risk and still is. Adobe is in cooperation with the advertising community and develops their products in cooperation with them, with features that allow advertisers to use the Adobe Flash Player to infiltrate any computer using the Flash Player and place flash cookies on any user’s system. The Adobe Flash Player therefore as a result is very vulnerable to hackers, etc. If advertisers can use it to place Flash Cookies on a user’s system, a hacker can easily place a Trojan program or any other type program on anyone’s system. The Adobe Flash Player is especially vulnerable when a user allows the Flash Player to take control of their webcam and microphone hardware. The Adobe Flash Player is FREE to the user. Adobe does not charge the user for the Flash Player; they get paid by the advertisers. That’s how Adobe makes their money for Flash Player. Even more insidious is they way Adobe provides the settings feature for Flash Player; it’s controlled by them on their site, and apparently the advertisers as well. Users who attempt to change the settings only think they are being changed. This is another way in which Adobe and the advertisers trick users. The settings will return to the original state the advertisers have programmed them for to ensure that they can continue to place Flash Cookies on a user’s system. A user can verify this by selecting the settings option, which accesses the Adobe site, then change the settings to their preferences, and then close the program. Then restart the program and access the settings again. The user will discover that the settings have been changed back to the way Adobe and the advertisers set them. There are numerous reliable sources that support these facts. Anyone who disputes them is likely a plant or part of the Adobe and advertiser ilk.

Here are a couple of sites where you can verify these facts (there are many more, just do your research):

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/you-deleted-your-cookies-think-again/

http://lifehacker.com/5334984/web-sites-using-flash-instead-of-browser-cookies-to-track-your-activity

It's sad that this is how unscrupulous these businesses are, but that's what greedy companies do everywhere. Ethics are not a part of any business like these.

Good luck!

Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO)

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Sadly, there is no software currently available anywhere that will remove Flash Cookies. All any of these programs do at best is temporarily remove some of them. The developers of these flash cookies are very aware of all these deletion attempts, so they add a variety of codes that prevent any deletions. The programs move the cookies to several different files in the system which allows them to continuously repopulate immediately after they are removed from any of the locations. No developer of any of these deletion programs has come up with a way to find and delete these flash cookies all at the same time, and prevent them from being added again. One of the biggest culprits is Adobe with their Flash Player, along with other programs, which has always been a security risk and still is. Adobe is in cooperation with the advertising community and develops their products in cooperation with them, with features that allow advertisers to use the Adobe Flash Player to infiltrate any computer using the Flash Player and place flash cookies on any user’s system. The Adobe Flash Player therefore as a result is very vulnerable to hackers, etc. If advertisers can use it to place Flash Cookies on a user’s system, a hacker can easily place a Trojan program or any other type program on anyone’s system. The Adobe Flash Player is especially vulnerable when a user allows the Flash Player to take control of their webcam and microphone hardware. The Adobe Flash Player is FREE to the user. Adobe does not charge the user for the Flash Player; they get paid by the advertisers. That’s how Adobe makes their money for Flash Player. Even more insidious is they way Adobe provides the settings feature for Flash Player; it’s controlled by them on their site, and apparently the advertisers as well. Users who attempt to change the settings only think they are being changed. This is another way in which Adobe and the advertisers trick users. The settings will return to the original state the advertisers have programmed them for to ensure that they can continue to place Flash Cookies on a user’s system. A user can verify this by selecting the settings option, which accesses the Adobe site, then change the settings to their preferences, and then close the program. Then restart the program and access the settings again. The user will discover that the settings have been changed back to the way Adobe and the advertisers set them. There are numerous reliable sources that support these facts. Anyone who disputes them is likely a plant or part of the Adobe and advertiser ilk.

Here are a couple of sites where you can verify these facts (there are many more, just do your research):

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/you-deleted-your-cookies-think-again/

http://lifehacker.com/5334984/web-sites-using-flash-instead-of-browser-cookies-to-track-your-activity

It's sad that this is how unscrupulous these businesses are, but that's what greedy companies do everywhere. Ethics are not a part of any business like these.

Good luck!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.02). 

Xmarks Sync

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Xmarks provides no support or usable help. Options fail to work correctly.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.7.8). 

Xmarks Sync

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The automatic sync option does not work. Each time it is "unchecked", it rechecks itself after close the settings window. It is insidious.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.7.8). 

Firefox Sync for Firefox 3.5/3.6

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The problem with this add-on is that it locks up any browser that it is installed on whenever it is synchronizing. That is unacceptable. Other add-ons like Xmarks for example work in the background without interrupting the browser's functioning. I'm uninstalling Weave until this problem is corrected. I'll consider installing it again in the future if it is fixed. Perhaps some users can live with the application's failures and are OK with this shortcoming. Those of us whose time is valuable can not.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.3). 

Xmarks Sync

Browser freeze-up Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Although this add-on has some nice features, it does not work well with all Mozilla based browsers. In particular it causes the Wyzo, which is a new Mozilla based browser, to lock-up and also freezes the computer, with a total loose of control until the add-on frees up the program. This add-on has some issues that still need to be addressed.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.6.14). 

Xmarks Sync

more xmark failures Rated 1 out of 5 stars

xmarks has gotten really bad. it is almost impossible to sync with their constant internal server errors. and the password sync seems to have failed completely.

it's sad, but this add-on need sot be deleted. it is just a waste of time now.

there are newer and much better add-ons to do the jib now.

good-bye xmarks... and good luck... you'll need it =[

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.5.10). 

Xmarks Sync

more xmark failures Rated 1 out of 5 stars

xmarks has gotten really bad. it is almost impossible to sync with their constant internal server errors. and the password sync seems to have failed completely.

it's sad, but this add-on need sot be deleted. it is just a waste of time now.

there are newer and much better add-ons to do the jib now.

good-bye xmarks... and good luck... you'll need it =[

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.5.10). 

Xmarks Sync

more xmark failures Rated 1 out of 5 stars

xmarks has gotten really bad. it is almost impossible to sync with their constant internal server errors. and the password sync seems to have failed completely.

it's sad, but this add-on need sot be deleted. it is just a waste of time now.

there are newer and much better add-ons to do the jib now.

good-bye xmarks... and good luck... you'll need it =[

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.5.10). 

Xmarks Sync

more xmark failures Rated 1 out of 5 stars

xmarks has gotten really bad. it is almost impossible to sync with their constant internal server errors. and the password sync seems to have failed completely.

it's sad, but this add-on need sot be deleted. it is just a waste of time now.

there are newer and much better add-ons to do the jib now.

good-bye xmarks... and good luck... you'll need it =[

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.5.10). 

Google Translator, Web Translation, ImTranslator

Doesn't work Rated 1 out of 5 stars

This add-on doesn't work.

It fails to translate even the simplest of word translations.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.2.8).