TheParadox

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Name TheParadox
User since November 14, 2008
Number of add-ons developed 2 themes
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My Reviews

TrackerBlock

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hello,

I am the author of the ParanoidKit collection, A featured collection on AMO with +700 followers.

I first must apologize for being a bit rash and careless to the developer. Specifically, I was about 2 months late recieving an email and contact number from the team explaining my prior concerns on this add-on. This reflects very poorly on my part and consequently, may have damaged the add-on's reputation as well. I will continue my review, unbaised over past failures and move forward, but it wouldn't feel right without first disclosing that information.

After heavily scurtinizing the addon, I had my questions answered shortly after my previous post.

Expect for the commercial feel, and some minimal privacy concerns. I feel pretty confident the guys at PrivacyChoice.org have a competent dev team that keeps current with todays privacy issues... so I feel comfortable recommending the add-on, but wish to advise no system is perfect.

This system has 2 weakness:

1) A unique cookie is used to store user prefs instead of updating the add-on every x days (which is fairly reasonable). The cookie stays presistant even when you clear cookies as well. :-/

However, PrivacyChoice seems pretty strict and straight forward on how they wish this data to be handled otherwise. :-\

2) This add-on is dependant on the team that creates its rules. This isn't so much a weakness or failure, but it would be nice to see more community driven stuff. I guess you always welcome to address the dev with your concerns or findings.

I have not tested the effectiveness of this add-on, but my judgement (gut feeling) is this add-on is very effective.

Aside from the commercial feel mentioned earlier, I have no other complaints, and see this as a well made add-on that gets my nod. I will keep this add-on under further (good) consideration.

thank you

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.1).  This user has 2 previous reviews of this add-on.

TrackerBlock

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hello,

I am the author of the ParanoidKit collection, A featured collection on AMO with +700 followers.

I first must apologize for being a bit rash and careless to the developer. Specifically, I was about 2 months late recieving an email and contact number from the team explaining my prior concerns on this add-on. This reflects very poorly on my part and consequently, may have damaged the add-on's reputation as well. I will continue my review, unbaised over past failures and move forward, but it wouldn't feel right without first disclosing that information.

After heavily scurtinizing the addon, I had my questions answered shortly after my previous post.

Expect for the commercial feel, and some minimal privacy concerns. I feel pretty confident the guys at PrivacyChoice.org have a competent dev team that keeps current with todays privacy issues... so I feel comfortable recommending the add-on, but wish to advise no system is perfect.

This system has 2 weakness:

1) A unique cookie is used to store user prefs instead of updating the add-on every x days (which is fairly reasonable). The cookie stays presistant even when you clear cookies as well. :-/

However, PrivacyChoice seems pretty strict and straight forward on how they wish this data to be handled otherwise. :-\

2) This add-on is dependant on the team that creates its rules. This isn't so much a weakness or failure, but it would be nice to see more community driven stuff. I guess you always welcome to address the dev with you concerns or findings.

Aside from the commercial feel, I have no other complaints, and see this as a well made add-on that gets my nod. I will keep this add-on under further (good) consideration in the future.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.1).  This user has other reviews of this add-on.

TrackerBlock

...Maybe... Just a little confused Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I run "The Paranoid Kit" Add-on collection. I haven't touched the collection in some time now, but decided it was time to review the add-ons, check out new ones and take the bad ones out.

While my first impression of this add-on is negative, I generally try to keep approaching it with an unbiased mind set. Here are a few questions and concerns I have found:

1) After installing the add-on, The user is sent to a website to configure it. Why? (and Yes!, I'm **That** paranoid).

2) The privacy policy on your site (to configure it?) says you collect data in aggregate form (Good, but not great). You also run 2 API's for analytics on the site as well, one being Google (the other an open source platform, I haven't heard of it --- so --- (sigh) -- **to do**). I know the Google service fairly well, I use it to monitor and track trends on my companies website as well. :-\

3) Does the site modify the add-on or some exchange take place, even something as simple as just reading/writing settings? (clarify maybe in the FAQ's on how it works instead of saying "We use an add-on")

4) Where are preferences held? In a cookie, local file or about:config lines internal to FF? (Yea i know i should be checking these questions out myself, but i figure the dev knows the ins and outs and can save me a few hours if the response seems right.)

5) Yea this website config thing really bothers me. Infact, I find it incredibly dodgy that you make it spawn a new window but have the URL hidden. Ya know, fraud and scam sites follow this same metric, and we're supposed to trust you with our privacy? (I can *not* rule out this is a bug if you say it supports FF4). Are you trying to hide the fact your using your WEBSITE -- To set peoples Prefs?! I'm sure the site is simply used to be able to quickly add/modify/remove items to the index?

6) As per the 'pref setting' site: "Third-Party Data Collection. We may link to third parties, such as UserVoice (privacy policy), and these parties may use cookies or other tracking method under their own privacy policies, but they have agreed not to use or share the information for other purposes."

This seems like a slippery slope. We have to trust you, and then out of good faith trust UserVoice just the same? Are you really saying that basically in order to truly keep a tabs on our privacy (By use of an add-on mind you) That we must also keep mindful of changes in Your, Google's **AND** UserVoice policy?

Thanks for your time. I look forward to a (positive) response and hope to learn much more of what appears to be a terrific idea for an add-on. I also hope maybe some of my questions may provide you with valuable feedback information.

Thanks
Somebody. :o)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1). 

Beef Taco (Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

sigh... a huge thank you for this add-on.

Taco 3.0 is complete bloat. This add-on ADDS cookies that tell advertisers NOT to do targeted ads. You've opt-out. So if you don't understand why it added 'ad cookies' your not getting the big picture and your one star makes you look like an idiot. This is a great add-on, however, please help out our beta testers and see if you can bump it up to 4.0b2 or more after you verify its functionality (don't see any reason why it wouldn't work)

instead of opting-out of every advertise, just get the add-on and - pow - your done. Great stuff!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.0). 

Greasemonkey

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

yea, support for firefox 4b1 would be... great cuz, this is a great add-on.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8.20100408.6). 

Enigmail

Great! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

you'd think things like Enigmail would be the default/norm/standard method for email. but its not. It is a shame enigmail isn't included with thunderbird by default as well... but that's been said a million times, enough about that.

Enigmail is a add-on that transforms email, rather than Thunderbird. With Enigmail, you generate a key that can be used to identify/authenticate you, yourself. It means you can 'sign' your email with this key, and it can be 3rd party verified that it really did come from you and no one else. If any/every email was done this way... you could feel confident that when your bank emailed you, (or other very sensitive matter), it really came from them. Email scams would nearly cease to exist. Spam would follow just as quickly and email would be more like personal mail.

The second benefit (if you choose) of Enigmail is full encryption. Lets face it, Gmail admins must read your email, if they don't, then maybe the don't, but its my word against theirs... but those ads that seem to know what your emails about didn't get that way from someone guessing, and who knows what metrics they keep on what ads they've sent to you (after all, that know its you, your email address doesn't change). Full encryption means without the key (think of it as a password that only receiver gets to know), no one can read your email.

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

DownThemAll!

Genuine Add-on Goodness Rated 5 out of 5 stars

That's right folks... This is a cream of the crop add-on here. It simply lets you download elements on a page... such as images, text, files.... etc. It has a nifty filter mechanism that lets you brainlessly filter content... or you can dive down and specify file types to download specifically.

Its pretty easy to use... has a nice simple interface. Its great...

...the only downside is you may not need to use it frequently. (but when you do, you'll be glad you found it!)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.1.8). 

Chromifox Extreme

Oh -- My -- Wow Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Its a very nice theme. People, don't be taken in that 'all' the author did was port chrome's UI to firefox. Creating this theme took some serious work.

The theme really suits firefox well. Its very complete and the colors tend to 'fit in' with each other while standing out properly. I noticed in some of the older versions of this theme that certain colors/designs didn't fit well (like the drop down 'tab' didn't fit well, and now its back to the bar style). There is not a detail left unfinished, and every aspect seems to fit in nicely with each other.

thanks for the awesome theme.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3). 

Hide Caption

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

wow.... heheh.

It feels kinda sneaky, like you 'broke' firefox. At first i wondered how i would be able to move the window around, but i noticed you can move it around using the status bar.

There should be some sort of boarder around the edge thou as one user suggested.

I really like it... but i don't think i'll use it :-/

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.1). 

Hide Menubar

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

works just as stated, it hides the menu bar and you can invoke the menu by hitting .

Notified author of a bug in which sometimes the menu bar becomes visible shortly after a tooltip appears.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.20090528). 

Bing

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

First off, anything thats M$ is only 4 stars, even thou bing is quiet competitive.

2) How does the unoffical bing search engine add-on look better than the offical.

You guys really dropped the ball on that one... all you had to do was clean up your logo/icon a little... no wonder you guys are having so many problems. (i think your have problems... i think your company image is going to **** and so do alot of people i know (that aren't computer nerds like me))

Greasefire

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

this is a VERY useful addition to greasemonkey (GM). The only thing i don't like about GM is that you have to find scripts for sites... Its time consuming, and you really have to kinda hunt some of the stuff down... im lazy, so its much easier to be able to install this addon, and know whats available for the site your looking at right now and not have to try and remember or stumble upon something when you do decided to look at userscripts.org.

Of course, i also like that the author uses a local index to see what applies to the page your looking at, so your not querying the some other site.

It also lets you view the scripts page to be able to read more about it. Very good stuff...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.0.4). 

AutoPager

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Its a great add-on. Updates its settings and works very well. Nice interface for creating your own (although a little confusing if you don't know what xpath and stuff like that is). What a smart idea to automagically load the next page in a sequence and put it inline with the current document.

My only complaint is i would like to remove the line break and icons in the middle because they are a bit distracting... just the option -- options are good.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.2.2). 

RefControl

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great add-on... Its interface is small and minimal, and it does it job well with good controls.

The per site basis allows you to set the referrer the visiting site requires the actual ref to be sent (for "Security Reasons").

The ability to use a custom ref is awesome... i use "Get Firefox!" and i suggest you do too!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8.11). 

HistoryInTab

Its great Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I have thought it would make a lot of sense, to simplify the UI of firefox and make alot of things open in tabs... like addons, options, places, etc.

I really like it, but it seems redudant with the back/forward button (not sure if you can fix that)

And sometimes when modifing certian items, like moving them (drag and drop) it counts as a click and opens the page.... not good. Im thinking this is more of a 'firefox' bug rather than your problem...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1). 

HistoryInTab

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really like it... I think this should open by default in a tab. But i can see why some might say its a little awkward. Its also a bit redundant to have the forward/back buttons twice, and the filter twice... but you can see what i mean that history/place should open in another tab.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1). 

LastPass Password Manager

Great Addition Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I was a little irritated at first when i got this extension. When i read some of the FAQ/HELP on the add-on, i was lead to believe that this add-ons breaks/cracks your password database, siting text that reads "See how easy it was for LastPass**** to get your stored data" and "Firefox's password storage is weak". This is simply not true; as far as i know, the stored passwords are protected by encryption, and this code is released by Mozilla to trusted individuals for specific purposes... such as creating an extension. However, there are appz out there that can attack/crack your stored passwords and tell you what they are if you "lose" your master password -- but really these are illegitimate programs. So, really, its a moot point... And they still haven't explained to me WHAT encryption they use... Just that the US Gov uses it. I'm assuming AES which is very tight.

Also, the UI is a little choppy... Sometimes it's a little hard to navigate your way around the options and set your preferences... and I STILL can not create 2 identities and have 2 lists of sites for each identity. (for example one for me and one for my wife)... switching the identities lets me log into the some of the same sites with different log-ins and vice verse...

However, over looking these 2 hiccups, this is an add-on everyone needs. There is a simple fact that a majority of passwords that users create are simply not that strong... they are typical and predictable (pets names, dates, etc.) and the passwords users need to create to protect themselves are burdensome to remember (like: dA53Bve2oa). Doing this for every site is not possible... Enter LastPass

This extensions lets user create the STRONGEST, 'unbreakable' passwords, and manages them tightly... No one, even yourself has to know ANY of your passwords, just one master one (and you better make that one strong) and your login details are sent encyrpted, then sent over SSL (Double Encrypted). they are held remotely in an encypted form, so even if someone hacked their servers... The data they receive from the heist is useless without the (your) master password.

Its very secure.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.51). 

Linkification

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Its great. It certainly extends the functionality of most pages.

However, i would change you icon at the bottom to be maybe a single link from a chain because i think it looks ugly... but other than that, its a great extension.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.6). 

CoolPreviews

Just use a tab Rated 2 out of 5 stars

This seems pretty silly:

1) it has a privacy policy -- FOR PREVIEWING WEB SITES? what?! why? To me this sounds like spyware. Its just "legit" because you accept it and install it.

Lets not be naive: FF was built on privacy and security -- why trade that away?

2) it can be done simpler: Just open a tab.

Ctrl + Click and find the new tab up top -- pretty easy. the page is loading by the time you find it.


yet with this extension, is it really easier to:

Hoover -- wait -- find the icon (it is very small)... then click it.

3) some may argue that you simply don't want a million tabs opened -- this is perfectly reasonable thinking. I, myself, have the same issue and that's when i'll lead you to check out FoxTabs. Its an AWESOME tab management extension with grouping & customizing -- and has previews of tabs...

Foxtabs are invoked with ctrl + tab which means this whole operation is done with:

Ctrl + Click then Ctrl + tab -- very quick, very deadly.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.7.3). 

Xmarks Sync

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I do not like extensions that seem to go against the very basics of web browsing, especially ones that go against the very purposes set forth while creating firefox:

Privacy & Security.

People say: "folks [are] oversensitive to the collection of data when this is the very reason the service can be offered for free."

Well, if you have to fork out personal data, then its not really free then is it? The cost is your privacy.

You shouldn't have to pay for this stuff. You didn't pay for FF did you? like everyone else.

This is just a scam: Its Spyware that admits itself as being spyware in hopes people will think its ok.

If you can't find a good alternative, then i ask a developed to step up and produce one.

Stuff like this doesn't happen:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/08/06/aol-proudly-releases-massive-amounts-of-user-search-data/

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.0.2).