Is PrivacyFix extension a useful addition to online safety?

Casey Nolan

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‘PrivacyFix’ is an online browser extension to help people safeguard their privacy… or so to speak. On a general level, this extension is among many of the available extensions out there on the internet. It means that when you are comparing this particular app/extension against others, you may have a better choice to go for.

Talking about PirvacyFix, it protects your sensitive information all across the internet. When I say “All”, it means that the extension is supposed to work across various social media accounts, email accounts via direct access.

PrivacyFix user options preference screen - Google Images

Over a year ago when PirvacyFix  was released, it was a little hard for experts to properly assess its capabilities. Today, after numerous fixes and improvements, this extension has become more reliable. Users, who have used this extension on FireFox and Google Chrome, have a mixed breed of feedback so far.

How Does ‘PrivacyFix’ Work?

It is quite simple. You install the extension on either FireFox or Google Chrome browser and then set your settings in the program’s interface. ‘PrivacyFix’ lets you in on an account layout GUI where you can monitor your privacy settings at various places on the internet.

For instance, you can monitor your Facebook account, Google Plus account and such other accounts through ‘PrivacyFix’, without having to individually open each website. Perhaps the only reason that ‘PrivacyFix’ | Online Privacy Protection is famous is because of letting users have direct access to multiple accounts at the same time.

The extension itself is quite simple as you just need to click the program icon. Once clicked, a pop up window opens up in your browser. It allows you to see where you have been sharing your information, the weak links in your online profiles and etc. Facebook users can see if any of their posts are being accessed by people NOT in their friends list – so on and so forth.

For further tweaking of each individual account, the PrivacyFix app re-directs you to the relevant social media account. Personally, I think that it would have been more useful for PrivacyFix to directly recall the social media accounts’ settings function within the pop up window that initially opens. This functionality could have been implemented by granting access to each user account at online community websites.

Moving on, ‘PrivacyFix’ does a fine job of ranking websites regarding their security measures. Their ranking system ensures a sense of trust and transparency. Users at least have a way of seeing which websites are trust worthy against a scale that has been in development for a long time now.

The Big Question about ‘PrivacyFix’?

Remove all the glitz and glam and you have a simple extension which access your personal information. How so? By agreeing to using the program and allowing it to access your online social media accounts, you fall victim to sharing information with yet another online source.

However, in its FAQ, the PrivacyFix team has said that they don’t share, use or store any kind of user information at all. 

As said by the ‘PrivacyFix’ developers:

Privacyfix is engineered not to transmit or share any of your data (history, cookies or privacy settings). All of the ratings and calculations for Privacyfix happen inside your browser, using generic formulas and data sent from our server. The only data that your browser sends to our server is standard technical data (like your IP address), which we promptly delete.

What Existing Users are Saying about ‘PrivacyFix’?

  • “I think my privacy is going to be invaded by yet another application.”
  • “Does anyone know if this extension is going to conflict with existing three privacy protection extensions installed on my browsers? I am kind of an insecure online user :P”
  • “PrivayFix guys need to fix how the extension interacts with custom Facebook account settings. I think it confuses some settings a lot.”
  • “Firefox version works fine but Chrome isn’t running smooth at my end.”

My personal recommendation is to install and test this extension for a few days. You can then match the experience and results with other extensions if/ any. Granted that you have already used PrivacyFix, you can give feedback on it through the comments section below. 

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 10:31 AM and is filed under Computers, How To. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Casey Nolan

About Casey Nolan

Hello everyone, I am Bilal Malik AKA 'Casey Nolan'; Head Editor and owner of 'Infinarium.Com'. For product reviews, article requests, recommendations, or if you just want to get something off your chest, send me an email at techguy@infinarium.com.

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