MaskMe for Firefox

MaskMe for Firefox

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 3 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.40.349
File Size:
1.62MB
Date Added:
April 18, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows NT/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
8,274
Downloads Last Week:
20
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Additional Requirements:
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Editors' review

On Monday, Abine announced a new privacy add-on called MaskMe. MaskMe promises to protect your personal information by creating custom aliases that "mask" your log-in information.

"In today's world of big data and NSA surveillance, consumers are realizing that any personal information they give away can be exploited," said Bill Kerrigan, Abine CEO. "The real lesson is to stop giving out your personal data in the first place. That used to be difficult for consumers, who didn't have a choice if they wanted to use online services."

The full service includes masking aliases for all channels of contact, including e-mail, phone numbers, and even credit card numbers. In a sense, it works like a hybrid between KeyPass, and PayPal, giving users the ability to manage their accounts and passwords. You can automatically generate an e-mail alias and dummy password within a form or manually add an account for any Web service. The result is the ability to access all the benefits of Internet services without compromising or really putting your actual personal data at risk.

The basic version includes unlimited disposable e-mails and auto-fill forms so that you don't have to constantly fill out standard Web forms. MaskMe will remember all your account credentials, which you can manage and access from the MaskMe homepage. The premium tier unlocks masked phone numbers and credit cards -- an extra layer of security.

After a few days of use, we found using MaskMe to be surprisingly nondisruptive and quite useful. The beauty of MaskMe is that from a front-end perspective, it feels more like an account management app than a needy security measure. You can control what e-mails from companies get through to your inbox and block any unwanted spam mail from even "well-intentioned" companies if you prefer to just sign up for an account but never want to hear from them again.

Credit card masking is another noteworthy feature: if you opt for the premium service, you can create dummy credit card numbers with spend caps that you can enable or disable at any point. Any online shopping done with these masked cards will show up on your statements as simply purchases from Abine, regardless of which vendor you may have shopped from.

Abine's latest product is geared toward those who want to enjoy the most out of the Web without sacrificing their personal data in the process. Though there are still many alternative methods, ranging from creating your own separate dummy accounts to complete net abstinence, MaskMe offers a happy medium, sure to please both the casually careful user and identity theft paranoid netizen, alike.

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  • 3 stars

    "ok when it works"

    November 21, 2013   |   By petedmoon

    Version: MaskMe for Firefox 1.30

    Pros

    if it worked consistently as described would be a very useful tool

    Cons

    Too many bugs. Fails to work consistently and loses login information.
    Poor help system.
    No forum.

    Summary

    If they could clear up all the bugs would be very good.

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  • 2 stars

    "Difficult to get help with beta problems as they arise."

    August 09, 2013   |   By lisssen

    Version: MaskMe for Firefox 1.24

    Pros

    Good product when it works.

    Cons

    Beta glitches appear too often. When I have sent concerns about each, I was told that I was not getting responses to my emails because I had sent a new concern for each problem, and they were unable to keep them separate. FAQ does not speak to anything but general issues, and there is no chat room by which to bounce information off other users. I never received any response to any issue which I would send using their embedded feedback process. When I asked about that, no answer was provided. I also was sent a notice for an upgrade, but it was a confusing process when it turned out that they were notifying me about purchasing the Premium version I already pay for each month. So, it was not an upgrade for me; but I then received another offer for the Premium service I already pay for again the next week. Today, I have begun receiving masked emails that have code mixed in with the text.

    Summary

    Not sure if this group is up to handling the Beta issues well.

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  • 5 stars

    "Must have add-on!"

    July 22, 2013   |   By Diggydonks

    Version: MaskMe for Firefox 1.24

    Pros

    -Seamless account and password management
    -Quickly create accounts for websites
    -Create anonymous email accounts and credit card payments
    -Create a dummy phone number that will forward to your actual phone.

    Cons

    Can only create one dummy phone number per actual phone number

    Summary

    I use MaskMe for both Mac and Windows, and for Firefox and Chrome. This product would be great just as an account/password manager, but it does so much more. Its simple to create a masked email, phone, and/or credit card to keep my activity anonymous, and even easier to block messages to those masked accounts. I originally used MaskMe just for when I was visiting "sketchy" sites that I didn't want to share personal info with, but after all of this NSA nonsense I'm using it for everything. Super easy to use, and non-intrusive to my browsing experience. Definitely a must have.

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