SomeRandomGal7

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Name SomeRandomGal7
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User since June 3, 2012
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In a little more detail...

I should probably introduce myself after participating after such a long while.

I'm an anonymous participant in the Mozilla project, focusing on testing and reviewing add-ons for compatibility, usability, and safety. Hence, I have made a lot of reviews.

I haven't created any add-ons, nor do I feel the need to; right now I'm happy sending feedback to developers, posting occasional bug reports, or asking for new features. I figure that for every person who uses Mozilla, only about 1 in 10 will actually sign up, so I aim to be their voice.

I believe in FREE and OPEN Internet, and have created a few collections in the hope that they may be useful arrangements. If you would like to change anything in any of them, email me.

My Reviews

STOP! Hammertime!

Really hard to install, but still technically possible Rated 3 out of 5 stars

This add-on was written many years ago for Firefox 3, when the "reload" icon was movable and not integrated into the address bar. On Firefox 4 and above no icon of MC Hammer is visible.

Firefox decided somewhere along the line that it should refuse to let you install this incompatible add-on, and that you need to add https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/checkcompatibility/ prior to installing this to suppress the version check.

Upon successful install, MC Hammer's voice will sound at the stop of any page load.
Within the add-on manager console, it will stubbornly refuse to accept preferences via checkbox (workarounds being toggling about:config?filter=extensions.hammertime or taking the update the author neglected to mention: http://bendodson.com/code/browser-extensions/index.html).

Looking at the code I'd think it would be a nightmare to update or get the icon back.

Change Referer Button

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thumbs up. Great idea.

GA? - Is Google Analytics Installed

Broken without the add-on bar; here's a fix Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Two extensions work around this:
* The Addon Bar (restored) @ https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/the-addon-bar/
* Status-4-Evar @ https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/status-4-evar/

(Sorry, Firefox won't let me link those)

Heartbleed Notifier

Server at maximum capacity, watch out! Rated 3 out of 5 stars

For a couple of weeks now I've been checking the headers with HttpFox (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/6647) and noticed the message "HTTP/1.1 503 Service Unavailable: Back-end server is at capacity" after visiting any site and requesting Heartbleed vulnerability status (via https://heartbleed.prod.mozaws.net/bleed/SITENAME).

Use this tool at your own risk: if the servers checking Heartbleed status are swamped and the tool can't warn you, it's as good as not checking. Thankfully, most sites have patched the Heartbleed bug.

Https Instead

Not as useful as it could be Rated 1 out of 5 stars

It appears to insert https:// into the urlbar of the current address without any effect on page content. Although manually hitting Enter will submit the HTTPS request, I recommend https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/httptohttps/ instead, which toggles between HTTP and HTTPS and reloads the page automatically with a toolbar button.

Secure It

Very promising for HTTPS Everywhere users Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love it! Writing ad-hoc XML sheets for every site is messy, and this extension appears to streamline the process without any effect on security (somebody back me up on this).

A couple observations here:
* Sites that use "Strict Transport Security" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Strict_Transport_Security) completely ignore this extension. The site's connection cannot be downgraded to HTTP, and the extension's icon may appear unlocked even when connecting to the site securely: https://support.mozilla.org/kb/how-do-i-tell-if-my-connection-is-secure/
* Sites useful for this extension: Wikipedia, YouTube, Digg, Yandex, Bing
* Sites not useful for this extension: Google search, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Flickr, Wordpress, Mozilla, LinkedIn, Pinterest

Other points to note:
* The settings are stored in a text file under the profile folder under jetpack >> secure-it@erikvold.com >> pathfinder >> storage >> storage.blob. This can be opened with a text editor such as Notepad++ for savvy users, and contains per-site settings. I imagine this can be edited manually and backed up fairly easily.

auto-plugin-checker

Brilliant! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This should be FEATURED:

Firefox automatically checks for outdated add-ons, themes, search engines, and browser versions, but NEVER checks for outdated Flash or Java. Insecure plug-ins present a big security risk, and vigilant monitoring of https://www.mozilla.org/plugincheck/ or the Java Console is just <expletive> annoying.

Kudos to the developer for making something Firefox has never managed to put together.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.2.5). 

Down for Everyone or Just me

Thumbs up! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Nice automation. A keeper for me--I've had to make do with bookmarklets.

Redirect Check Client

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Works pretty well. There is a possible snag with 503 (Service unavailable): it never seems to load and return the HTTP status. Design flaw...?

Scan Url with

DO NOT USE!!! Rated 1 out of 5 stars

This add-on is supposed to scan sites for malware, but has a SERIOUS design flaw: any redirects to external sites are not resolved, sending the host site for examination (e.g., a google search for a bad website will turn up "okay"; same thing with yahoo or any search engine).

A concrete example if anybody needs to replicate this: with the add-on installed, do a google search for the malicious porn site "playporn.to"
* Right click and select "Scan link with... >> SiteAdvisor". The URL fed into siteadvisor will turn up green and display the analysis for GOOGLE: https://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/http%3A//www.google.com/url%3Fsa%3Dt. This is because google using a tracking method that obfuscates links like http://google.com?redirect=siteresult
* In the tab at siteadvisor.com, search for "playporn.to". It will come up DANGEROUS (see for yourself at https://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/playporn.to).

Anybody searching for anything will be no better off with this, just have a false sense of security.

Enforce Encryption

Lightweight security tool Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This addon is a sweet idea: sites such as Google Search, Wikipedia, and YouTube offer encryption but don't usually ask the user for their preferences. Rather than adding https:// to the beginning of a URL for every session for a site, you can check the box and have your browser remember.
Found no bugs with this addon, it works great.
A technical rundown of what Strict-transport security is can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Strict_Transport_Security

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0). 

Tabs Counter

Still works when others don't Rated 3 out of 5 stars

The latest firefox release removed the addon bar and so the popular "tab-counter" (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/tab-counter-141863/) and "TabCounter" (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/tabcounter/) addons aren't working yet. This one still does. :-)

Note: It shows the *total* number of tabs you have open, not per-window.

@developer: Any way to remove that annoying right-side margin? It would be a perfect lightweight addon otherwise.

Always Show History Settings

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Cool.

CookieExFilter

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very simple, and so intuitive I question why Mozilla doesn't install this by default. Great add-on. Thank you.

Personas Interactive Theme Engine

ADWARE—READ THE FINE PRINT! Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Yes, technically it does allow you to get themes. But at the cost of redecorating your browser with their adverts, allowing them to insert spam in any form in your browser, "hijack" it, reset your searchbar, homepage, themes, add advertisements, etc. I tried it and was NOT happy with it.

I wanted to link to the 10th section in particular, but there wasn't a table of contents. So here's a piece of the agreement that shows what I'm talking about:

"10. Third Party Content; Advertising.

[...]

Brand Thunder may deliver third-party Advertisements in the form of coupons, price-comparisons, display media, affiliate links and other links through means including but not limited to the content of any web page accessed, plug-ins, add-ons, or the browser itself. Advertisements may be injected to overlay the page or inserted directly into the page content. User hereby acknowledges and consents that Brand Thunder may alter the content of any web page accessed for the purpose of displaying Advertisements. Brand Thunder does not endorse and is not responsible for any information, materials, products, or services contained in or accessible through Advertisements. Accordingly, your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through the Service are solely between User and such advertiser. ACCESS AND USE OF ADVERTISEMENTS, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES ON OR AVAILABLE THROUGH ADVERTISEMENTS SITES IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK."
(above text copyright Brand Thunder ©)

Full text @ http://brandthunder.com/eula/

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.4.1). 

Privacy Protector

Found the Icon, No Problem Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I didn't experience the missing icon problem.

If anybody else has trouble finding the icon, it's probably "hiding" in the "other, non-default icons" section of the browser. To find those icons, see the article about customizing Firefox's toolbars: https://support.mozilla.org/kb/customize-firefox-controls-buttons-and-toolbars

I'm guessing the comment below was around the time when the "add-on bar" was removed from Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/kb/what-happened-to-the-add-on-bar

You can put it in your main bar, or install it from https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/the-addon-bar/

Closing notes: using Firefox 30.0 (current).

Animated pikachu

Nice theme but a bit buggy Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I like the nostalgic Pokemon look.

Unfortunately I've noticed that upon restarting the browser Pikachu stops running :-(

I wonder if this is just me?...

Cookies Manager+

Plenty of features; working for me in FF 30.0 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This add-on has been working for me consistently, so perhaps the issue WileyM was having with Firefox 29.0.1 was isolated (or I somehow missed a break in functionality before I updated Firefox)?

The ability to sort, check, set, edit, and block cookies makes this add-on above-and-beyond. Other add-ons, such as Biscuit and Quick&Clean, are not nearly as fine-toothed and as precise.

In particular, I enjoy the ability to spot cookies I've noticed tend to "hide" with different but equivalent names: http://example.com, http://www.example.com, and http://subdomain.example.com can all be sorted now to review them all "per site" than strictly alphabetically (Cookie Manager+ --> Tools --> Options).

Anyway, excellent add-on. A bit advanced, so possibly overwhelming for 1st-time privacy fanatics, but equipped well for powerusers familiar with cookies.

Source Templates Generator

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Pretty good - 4 functions for citing. Even works with Firefox version 26.

Do you think you could make an English version though? (it's in French)

Copy Link Title

Works when it feels like it Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I right-clicked on "Copy-Link-Title" by Erik Vold and tried to paste it here, but it didn't work; it pasted something else I had copied before.

It's really Firefox's fault, by keeping us protected from malware they (have to) keep updating, so extensions readily become outdated. I'm working with FF 24.0 btw. The strange thing about this add-on is that it does work sometimes, just not reliably...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1.1-signed).