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    Invisible Hand for Firefox - a must for all HUKDers

    WOW!

    A Firefox plug-in that lets you know if the item you are shopping for can be found cheaper elsewhere by way of a handy link - enabling you to hop over to the other shop and buy the item.

    There is a review on pocket lint here: pocket-lint.com/new…gin

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    installed, tested, repped

    n1

    What happens to the info that this plugin sends to its makers, it seems to search for everything you google?
    If you check the firefox addon page, you'll see that it's posted by someone with the ID of "Trafficbroker", are they selling info on browsing habits etc?

    Installed, tested, removed.

    Come on people, this stuff SHOULD scare you! :?

    Thanks, looks handy! :thumbsup:

    Banned

    stewhites;7802203

    What happens to the info that this plugin sends to its makers, it seems … What happens to the info that this plugin sends to its makers, it seems to search for everything you google?If you check the firefox addon page, you'll see that it's posted by someone with the ID of "Trafficbroker", are they selling info on browsing habits etc?Installed, tested, removed.Come on people, this stuff SHOULD scare you! :?



    Agreed no downloading dodgy stuff with this installed.

    Original Poster

    Maybe HUKD ought to make a Firefox add-on that works like this... Now that would be cool!

    lumoruk;7802278

    Agreed no downloading dodgy stuff with this installed.



    don't download through firefox then

    block the ports on your firewall etc etc

    too easy to solve

    Just how much extra interweb traffic does this thing generate - and how much does it slow your PC down when you are browsing?

    stewhites;7802203

    What happens to the info that this plugin sends to its makers, it seems … What happens to the info that this plugin sends to its makers, it seems to search for everything you google?If you check the firefox addon page, you'll see that it's posted by someone with the ID of "Trafficbroker", are they selling info on browsing habits etc?Installed, tested, removed.Come on people, this stuff SHOULD scare you! :?



    Does anybody still "rip" MP3 (or other audio format) files from CDs by "RealAudio" products? Such pursuits diminished when it became public knowledge that the Company were compiling usability statistics including the details of what CDs were being copied.

    Signing-up for a Google account (& acquired technologies such as Blogger, YouTube, and so on) will be feeding browsing habits & cookie information back to the Internet masters too.

    Mind you, if you wanted to start conspiracy theories like this, also consider the mobile telephone you have in your possession & the Oyster or other swipe cards you use (where you have registered for automatic top-ups)

    PS. Back on topic...

    Is "Invisible Hand" a US-based product comparison tool, or does it recognise that other countries exist?

    BFN,

    fp.

    Original Poster

    fanpages;7802524

    Is "Invisible Hand" a US-based product comparison tool, or does it … Is "Invisible Hand" a US-based product comparison tool, or does it recognise that other countries exist?



    US, UK & GER

    Alfonse;7802355

    don't download through firefox thenblock the ports on your firewall etc … don't download through firefox thenblock the ports on your firewall etc etc too easy to solve



    Not the point m8 it's not about downloads, porn etc.
    I dont trust IE, so never use it, given the recent controversy over IE security and Microsofts tardy attitude to fixes, which can be summed up as "leave it, no-one knows it's a problem", looks like a good choice on my part!
    I use FF for shopping, online banking, bill paying etc,etc,etc so why would i add something that is constantly checking and searching on EVERY page i visit?
    From the addons page...

    Checks for better prices and automatically shows a discreet notification … Checks for better prices and automatically shows a discreet notification when you're browsing a product which is cheaper at another retailer



    Look at that statement, checks what exactly? Out of all the info on a web page what does it check, title, search inputs, any dialogue boxes? To me the developers name says it all "Trafficbroker" google that!

    As to firewalls etc, i'm a techy, microtechnology engineer to be exact, but most people aren't and wouldn't know a port from a dock. Phishing, ID fraud etc are a problem because of peoples ignorance and trust of email, links and "sites they know".

    OK, I cant prove it's a privacy problem, but no-one else can prove it's safe either.
    That doubt should be all any user needs to think it's not worth the risk!
    :thumbsup:

    fanpages;7802524

    Mind you, if you wanted to start conspiracy theories like this



    It's not a conspiracy theory m8, it's a matter of trust, pure and simple.

    Before you install an addon, plugin or visit that site that facebook links to, just ask yourself "Is this safe?"

    Sysadmins everywhere cry into their coffee about stuff like this

    Original Poster

    WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

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    When you use your Firefox browser to search for products on certain retail websites, the Add-on enables your browser automatically to check other similar sites to see if other retailers are offering the same product at a lower price. If that product is available on a different site at a lower price the Add-on will notify you of the lower priced product and provides you with a link to the third party website offering the lower priced product.

    FIG does not collect any personally identifiable information from you through your downloading and use of the Add-on. FIG does, however, collect the following information via the Add-on:

    the url of the site that you originally search for your chosen product on.
    the characteristics of the product that you search for.
    the url of any site that you visit that is notified to you by the Add-on.
    other anonymous technical and routing information relating to your product search and any visit that you may make to a third party site that you were alerted to by the Add-on. This information may include your IP address, but you will not personally identifiable from this information.

    We may also receive some information from third party websites that you visit via a link provided by the Add-on. This information will include the pages that you visit at that website and information about whether you choose to purchase a product from that website. We will not receive any personally identifiable information about you from the third party the operates that website and will only use any information that we do receive in accordance with this Policy.

    FIG does not collect any personally identifiable information from you



    Thats getting to be an old chestnut that is
    You give them permission to use your data by installing the addon and

    DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATIONFIG may disclose the information collected … DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATIONFIG may disclose the information collected by it to (i) any third party to whom disclosure is necessary to enable the Add-on operate as described above (ii) any person to whom disclosure is necessary to enable FIG to enforce its rights under this Policy (iii) any holding company or subsidiary of FIG, (iv) any purchaser of any of the assets or undertaking of FIG or any purchaser of the Add-on


    YOUR RIGHTSYou may withdraw your consent for us to collect and process … YOUR RIGHTSYou may withdraw your consent for us to collect and process your data at any time by uninstalling the Add-on.

    not working on firefox 3.6

    Great addon :thumbsup:

    Thanks

    stewhites;7802736

    It's not a conspiracy theory m8, it's a matter of trust, pure and … It's not a conspiracy theory m8, it's a matter of trust, pure and simple.Before you install an addon, plugin or visit that site that facebook links to, just ask yourself "Is this safe?" Sysadmins everywhere cry into their coffee about stuff like this



    I would suggest education is the first area to address, not trust.


    slackrat77;7812337

    not working on firefox 3.6



    I came back to this today & the fact it doesn't work on the version of Mozilla Firefox I have installed proved to be an issue!

    Oh well. Maybe the author will update it soon.

    BFN,

    fp.
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