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Protect Your Online Privacy with This Terrific New Extension for Chrome

Are you concerned about all the tracking that goes on while you surf the Internet? Users of the Chrome browser have a new weapon against the invasion of their privacy. [Added later: This works for Firefox also.] [Added even later: there seem to be a lot of problems with this extension in Firefox.] It is an extension that makes it really easy to configure the privacy settings for Google, Facebook, and many other sites. It is called PrivacyFix and has just been released. The description and download are at this link

When you run the extension, it provides an analysis of your privacy settings for Facebook and Google, and it lists all the cookies currently tracking you as you browse around the Internet. The extension takes you to each site to make fixes and provides a clear explanation of changes in privacy settings that can be made. An example for Facebook is shown in the figure below.

If you are concerned about what use the extension itself might make of your private data, here is a statement of privacy from the developer:
“We do not receive or store any data associated with your use of Privacyfix unless you voluntarily send it to us. Period.”

The extension is brand new and I have only used it for a day but so far I really like how easy it is to configure various privacy settings. If you try it, let us know what you think.

More details on how to use the extension can be found at this link.

Facebook privacy settings with PrivacyFix

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by Z_i_p (not verified) on 22. October 2012 - 19:16  (101181)

For crying out loud people why would you/trust this application ? to do anything than gather your information with...your permission. Buy yourself a good antivirus like in the top 3 st your privacy settings and sleep well !

by Marko (not verified) on 22. October 2012 - 21:50  (101186)

Privacy and security are not always equivalent.

by snldr1 on 17. October 2012 - 15:06  (100911)

Pity it doesn't work on earlier versions of Firefox!

by Blitxxx (not verified) on 30. October 2012 - 23:00  (101626)

I would recommend updating to the latest version of Firefox...

New versions fix known issues and patches known security loopholes so you are safer

by Barrett Linton on 21. October 2012 - 17:15  (101143)

Why don't you have the latest version of FF?

by TheNomadSoul (not verified) on 15. October 2012 - 21:06  (100810)

I installed this in chrome and it opened up the privacyfix tab every time I started chrome. I tried reinstalling chrome, disabling other add ons like ad block, etc. and still had the privacy fix tab open every time. It's convenient but the annoyance of having the tab open every time turned me off to it.

by Geert on 12. October 2012 - 11:53  (100693)

Yesterday I installed this add-on on firefox.
Today I experienced that - due to this add-on - the search results of this site were no longer displayed.
So I removed it again.

by Resident Goddess (not verified) on 12. October 2012 - 0:26  (100662)

Thank you. This works perfectly in my Firefox 16. Maybe upgrading Firefox to 16 is the trick. The only thing I cant fix with this new extension is preventing Google from tracking me. I click the FIX button and I'm sent to a page saying the "Item has been moved here", click that link and it returns me to the Privacyfix page. I do have 'Google Do Not Track' installed. Maybe that extension is the problem here. I also have DNT+, ADBlock, and Ghostery installed with everything blocked. Dont have No Scripts installed. I'm running Win7_64. Kind Regards, and thanks again!

by Walt Dalsimer (not verified) on 11. October 2012 - 2:03  (100622)

Using firefox 15.0.1 I have added the program to my "add ons", but see no evidence that it is working.
I don't believe I am using "no=scripts".
How does one know if the program is working?

by torres-no-tan-m... on 10. October 2012 - 21:55  (100614)

I installed PrivacyFix in FF 16 and after disabling Ghostery and DNT+ I found that after logging into Facebook the extension kept stating that I still needed to log in.

I have now removed PrivacyFix as it fell at the first hurdle. :-(

by v.laurie on 10. October 2012 - 18:24  (100609)

My original recommendation of PrivacyFix was for Chrome and it worked with no problem. Then I tried PrivacyFix on Firefox 16. I have NoScript, Ghostery, and AdBlock Plus installed. NoScript blocked PrivacyFix until I added as an allowed site. Then the extension worked. I use Microsoft Security Essentials but other security suites and/or firewall settings might affect the extension. Also other privacy extensions may conflict. PrivacyFix has to dial out to Facebook and Google+ to let you set the privacy options and I imagine there are PC setups that would block that.

by Tom413 on 10. October 2012 - 16:59  (100601)

Sounds like a good idea but didn't work for me. Like others, I found that PrivacyFix fails to "set up." Per prior comments, I disabled NoScript, AdBlock and Ghostery, but that did not help at all. It will not get past the "setting up" window. I have Windows XP SP3 and Firefox 15.0.1.

by MidnightCowboy on 10. October 2012 - 17:25  (100605)

Maybe you have a security program that is interfering with this, or it's just a Firefox issue. I have Adblock and Ghostery fully enabled in Chrome and this works for both my Windows 7 and Linux systems.

by BearPup (not verified) on 10. October 2012 - 13:35  (100591)

Like most of the other Firefox users, the extension didn't setup or run properly. I'm running Firefox 15, and don't have NoScript installed. Its too bad it isn't working (well), as tracking sites are a problem, even with DNT+ installed.

Maybe when the Developers get it fixed....

by SkiddMarx on 10. October 2012 - 21:15  (100613)

Just out of curiosity, what problems are you having with tracking sites?

by BearPup (not verified) on 10. October 2012 - 21:57  (100615)

Can't say for sure what sites are tracking me....though I do find tracking cookies when I scan for malware.

To me, the point of this extension is to be proactive - find the sites that want to track you and block them from doing so.

by v.laurie on 10. October 2012 - 13:45  (100594)

You may have other privacy extensions that are blocking PrivacyFix.

by Blakey on 10. October 2012 - 13:15  (100587)

Is there anything to be concerned about with these requirements in Chrome ?

This extension can access:
Your data on all websites
Settings that specify whether websites can use features such as cookies, JavaScript and plug-ins
Your browsing history
Your list of installed apps, extensions and themes
Your tabs and browsing activity

by v.laurie on 10. October 2012 - 13:21  (100590)

That is a standard precautionary warning from Chrome. You will see that same message for many extensions. If you are concerned, see the privacy statement at the developer's site.

by TheNomadSoul (not verified) on 15. October 2012 - 21:02  (100809)

I think the problem for me is that this is supposed to help remove my information from google, facbook, etc. But why would I trust the developers of privacyfix with all of the above info. Seems like you are just moving your info from one company to the other and trusting that they won't do the same as the other does with it.

by v.laurie on 15. October 2012 - 22:47  (100811)

The developers say that they do not keep any of your information.

by RMD (not verified) on 10. October 2012 - 12:39  (100582)

Says it is setting up and make take up to 30 seconds but never does.

I'm running FireFox v14 so FoxyTunes will continue working.

Do I need to upgrade to v15 so Privacy Fix will install?

by Richard194 (not verified) on 10. October 2012 - 14:49  (100596)

I use Firefox 15.0.1 and have exactly the same problem. Set up is supposed to take "up to 30 seconds". After five minutes I shut down the program. I tried twice more to install the program but the results were the same.

My computer is a Vista Home Premium, SP 2.

by v.laurie on 10. October 2012 - 13:11  (100586)

If you are using NoScript or similar extension, you will need to configure it to allow PrivacyFix to run.

by RJ (not verified) on 10. October 2012 - 12:34  (100581)

Site says, "Setup can take up to thirty seconds" but after two minutes its still setting up. Is there something else I need to know?

by v.laurie on 10. October 2012 - 13:10  (100585)

If you are using NoScript or similar extension, you will need to configure it to allow PrivacyFix to run.

by RJ (not verified) on 10. October 2012 - 13:16  (100588)

I don't have Noscript but I do use facebook disconnect, norton vulnerability protection and better privacy. Would these interfere?

by v.laurie on 10. October 2012 - 13:40  (100593)

I don't have personal knowledge of the extensions you mention but it's quite possible that there is a conflict.

by RJ (not verified) on 10. October 2012 - 15:40  (100597)

Could you direct me to a page describing how to identify or maybe work around such a potential conflict?

And "Thank you" for all the work and discovering of great programs you have done. This is the only "stumbling" experience I've had so this is not acomplaint, more of a whine. :+O

by Rudi Pittman (not verified) on 10. October 2012 - 4:26  (100568)

How does this improve on Do Not Track+ which has been around for a while now?