Update: 12 hours after posting this story, the White House (partially) reversed itself. The rather dubious YouTube-only waiver from federal Web privacy rules has been maintained, but the White House Web site has been updated to limit the exposure of visitors to YouTube's tracking efforts to only those people who actually click the "play" button on a YouTube video. For more details on the new changes, read this blog post.
Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, plans to expand a forthcoming program called Test Pilot to supply developers with detailed usage patterns not just about the open-source Web browser, but also Thunderbird and other projects.
Mozilla unveiled Test Pilot last March, describing it as a plan to get usage feedback from a full 1 percent of Firefox users, not just the technically sophisticated early-adopter crowd. On Tuesday, Mozilla's Aza Raskin fleshed out the Test Pilot details, though it remains in concept form only for now, with Mozilla trying to hire a project leader.
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Apple's decision to allow third-party Web browsers into the iTunes App Store has been met with developer enthusiasm. Coders, elated that Apple has reversed it's previous, anti-competitive stance with regard to at least one application sector (mail clients and SMS applications still appear to be off limits) have pushed through a series of Web browsers ranging from the valuable to the useless, and the promising to the devoid of potential.
We've put a few of the available browsers through their paces, and tagged them according to their usefulness and potential for significant improvement.
Send unwanted files to the point of no return with this simple privacy tool, but we weren't impressed with its hard-to-find configuration menu and lack of a Help file.
Accessing 4Neurons Eraser is simply a matter of right-clicking on a file or folder and selecting the Erase option from your context menu. As soon as we selected it, a window popped up to confirm our choice. One click and the file was completely removed. Accessing the configurations menu proved to be much more cumbersome, and we had to perform a search just to locate it. The program doesn't … Read more
Three easily selected tabs, and a small number of functions make this one of the easiest-to-use Internet history removal tools we've tested. AntlerTek Internet History Eraser's dialog-size interface doesn't need the well-written Help file to master it. Even a novice user will immediately see how to operate this app.
The program's top tab contains the most robust function: an easily set schedule to erase the local Internet cache. Click the item and enter simple time information and let the program thoroughly erase cache information immediately or as often as you'd like.
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There are programs designed specifically for novices and those geared toward experienced users. Then there are programs designed to make experienced users feel like novices. Welcome to Crypto Composer; 10 tabs of boxes, buttons, text fields, and a Help file filled with enough jargon to cause your eyes to turn glassy.
Can you tell we loved it?
This freeware application is for the uber-privacy advocate on a budget. Experienced users looking for a challenge should jump right into this collection of privacy tools. The less masochistic might look to the Help manual. However, the FAQ-based manual might lead to greater … Read more
When you work in an area frequently visited by others and you don't want them to see everything you're working on, this neat little application will hide items onscreen by just pressing a key combination.
Window Hidie launches a tabbed pane with a list of open and running items. The interface is purely functional and easy to understand. In our tests, we were able to use either the interface or a key combo to hide or show the current window. We liked that not only did the current window disappear from the screen, but also its icon in … Read more
It takes just an instant to lock, hide or disallow autorun on any or all of your drives with this simple, effective tool. Easy Disk Drive Safeguard's simple, check box heavy interface cleanly displays all program options on one screen. This app is so easy to use, only the most novice users will need the short Help manual.
All 26 possible drives are listed, each with check boxes to hide, lock, or disallow autorun. Click a box and press apply or Ctrl-A and you've tightened security of the selected drive. A pair of additional options round out the … Read more
The beauty of this freeware secure drive space application lies in its simplicity. Steganos Safe One's very basic interface and short wizard make it a snap to quickly create two secure drive spaces of up to 1GB each. Novice users may need the short Help manual, but most will pick up this app with no assistance save from the tooltips.
Operation is quick and to the point: install the app and follow the prompts to create your drive space. The text might lead some users to believe the program encrypts an entire drive, but it is just a space … Read more
Advanced Desktop Shield installs an icon in the system tray that lets you access a nicely designed and easy-to-use interface. In our tests, saving a managing desktop layout was simple, and we mastered the process in less than two minutes, thanks to the clearly defined buttons and layout of the interface.
This application performed quickly in all our tests, and it restored changed desktop layouts quickly and without fail after multiple boots and restarts, even when we changed the wallpaper. If your PC has multiple users, this application offers a great method for each to have a customized desktop layout … Read more