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 PostPost subject: Recommended: Install Alexa FF Plugin        Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:17 am 
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ust saw a story on Digg about Mininova hitting top 100 in Alexa ratings. Checked up, and it's estimated that Alexa might have as few as 200,000 users.

I'm installing an Alexa FF plugin, and I recommend everyone else do the same.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:37 am 
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Alexa is spyware.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:36 am 
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No it's not, it's a service owned by Amazon which also happens to be one of the biggest web statistics websites. Whenever you hear about the 100 or 500 or 2000 most visited websites, they probably use Alexa. Instaling an alexa plugin means those websites you visit (all the technology and beta and torrent websites) get a little higher up in the ratings.


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It's hard to clearly label Alexa as spyware or not spyware...

If spyware is software that watches over your internet browsing, then yes, Alexa is spyware.

If spyware is software that gets over your computer like a virus, throws up popups for hardcore pr0n and winfixer, while sending your credit card numbers and passwords to Russia, then no, Alexa is not spyware.

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Please ignore this post; I had a ton of weed when I made it.


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expert01 wrote:
(excuse me I'm blazed out of my mind right now)

When the hell did everyone but me turn into a moderator? That's TWO long standing members in this thread that are suddenly moderators. WHAT'S GOING ON!?!?!?


Huh? Calm down... I've been a moderator since the board started. (I was the first user to sign up apart from Andy, and he offered me mod privileges, so I couldn't refuse). If you wanted to be one, talk nicely to Andy and he might give you the extra privileges. Not that mod privileges are much to write home about, we can only really move, sticky and lock threads.

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Please ignore this post; I had a ton of weed when I made it.


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Wasn't Alexa something that came inbuilt in IE6?

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expert01 wrote:
(excuse me I'm blazed out of my mind right now)

When the hell did everyone but me turn into a moderator? That's TWO long standing members in this thread that are suddenly moderators. WHAT'S GOING ON!?!?!?

Huh? *confused* Who is a moderator? I've been one since the board started.

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sp4rkbr wrote:
Wasn't Alexa something that came inbuilt in IE6?

@expert01: are you ok? :?


I hope not. Anyway, although Alexa may not be "true" spyware, it still watches your site browsing habits. Besides, I use Camino and Opera (maybe they do support those, but I'm too lazy to check)..


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Googling...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa_Toolbar

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There are some privacy concerns about the toolbar, as it requests site data from Alexa and there is no information on how long Alexa stores these usage trails. Because of this, many anti-spyware programs label it as such. Though it is usually installed willingly, third-parties sometimes distribute the toolbar or access Alexa's API.



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If you run AdAware or some other software to detect and delete spyware from your computer then you will probably find that it detects a registry entry for Alexa after you install Internet Explorer 6 (or any of the IE6 service packs or patches). Your spyware software may offer to delete this entry for you.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 1:57 pm 
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Ah, I remember it now. They didn't bundle the whole thing, but a "related links" or something similar was part of the XP IE6, and that used Alexa. There was no toolbar or full installation, AFAIK.


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The real probelm is that alex will monitor everywhere you go thus slowing down your computer. Its no really for a good cause as Amazon.com isn't really an example of a nice organization.

Furthermore, I don't like Alexa because the often times slip there stuff with malicious software (or vise verse according to them :? )

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:56 am 
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Sorry, I had a bunch of weed last night.

The alexa toolbar may be spyware, but the Alexa FF plugin isn't really. Yes, the plugin causes Alexa to track where you go, but that's the point of a web statistics company. Google does the same thing on a smaller scale.


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Its still spying software... Why should we help big old amazon?

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Well... AFAIK Alexa helps indexing the web in the web.archive.org. I remember MegaUpload requested you to install Alexa if you hadn't had premium account. Now it in fact request premium account all the time. lol, even worser...


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Well, if you used Opera, it would be a non-issue, but now that MegaUpload has put in place all those RapidShare copycat measures, it doesn't make a difference.

As a matter of fact, I just checked out the Web Archive. Turns out they have a mirror (O_O) at http://www.bibalex.org/ISIS/archive_web.htm. If you scroll down a little, there's an "Archive That!" section where you can register and submit sites. Still preferable to Alexa, IMO.


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