Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
|Freedom has many features
including a personal firewall, e- mail
encryption, Form Filler, Cookie Manager, Ad
Manager, and Keyword Alert. You can remain
anonymous even while chatting on the Internet.
Firewall is quite adequate and configurable. You
can allow or disallow certain programs to connect
to the Internet. You may even disable the
The e-mail encryption/decryption
option only works if Freedom is running when you send or
receive e-mail. Should you forget to load Freedom, the
program will prompt you to start it before you send or
receive any e-mail (you can disable this). You can,
however, decrypt encrypted e-mail later by launching
Freedom and selecting the encrypted file from your hard
drive. Note that the encryption/decryption process
happens within the servers of the Freedom network and
that all the recipients of your e-mail will be able to
read your mail without having to download a special key
or even subscribe to the Freedom network. Your e-mail
address will appear as firstname.lastname@example.org to your e-mail
recipients. It is important to inform your friends about
your new identity in case they decide they don't
recognize you in the "From" line and delete
your messages before reading them. People can send you e-mail
at either your regular e-mail address or email@example.com
in which case Freedom will forward it to your regular e-mail
Form Filler is handy on any Web page with a form to fill. Freedom will prompt you to launch Form Filler should you wish to use it, even if Freedom is not running. This may also be disabled.
Cookie Manager allows you to block cookies, let your Web browser manage cookies, or place cookies in the Freedom Cookie Jar. The cookies within the Freedom Cookie Jar can be deleted anytime with one click from within Freedom preferences.
Ad Manager can block banner ads thereby speeding download time. Ad Manager can also be disabled.
Keyword Alert warns you when you have inadvertently included personal information such as your name, e-mail address, or home address in the text of an e-mail. However, it will not scan for such information in attachments.
The key feature of Freedom is the Nym. Think of it as a pseudonym. You have a total of five that you can use for one year. One Nym could be for chatting, another for shopping, and others for browsing various types of Web sites. In order to be protected, you must load one of your Nyms. It is important to know that Freedom can be loaded without selecting a Nym. Loading Freedom in this fashion reveals your true identity to the Internet since you are not being routed through the Freedom network. You can still use other features of Freedom such as the firewall, Cookie Manager, Ad Manager, and Form Filler.
Connection speeds while Freedom is loaded with a Nym are slower. Without a Nym, Freedom download times did not suffer any lag. Bandwidth tests gave the following results (at 45.3 Kbps):
All in all, Freedom is a secure solution for those who are worried about their Internet privacy. It may prove invaluable for those searching the Internet for information about health problems or bankruptcy. Freedom will hide their identity and allow them to easily delete cookies sent by these Web sites. As long as they use Freedom under the guise of a Nym, they need not worry that a current or future boss will find traces of their true identity at sensitive Web sites.
Internet Privacy Suite
Proprietary Software: $49.95 + yearly subscription fee (see website for details)
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Ottawa Personal Computer Users' Group (OPCUG), Inc.
3 Thatcher Street, Ottawa, ON K2G 1S6
opinions expressed in these reviews may not necessarily
represent the views of the OPCUG or its members.