A9 (Amazon) Toolbar - Spyware?

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Some of you may already know that the Alexa toolbar is not available for
Firefox. Yahoo, Google and Amazon (A9) all support Firefox as well as IE
(Opera and others neglected).

The following page


suggests that there is a blame game between Mozilla (Netscape) and Alexa.
That's possibly the reason for all of this incompatibility hassle. Spread
Firefox urge Firefox users to pressure Alexa to submit


while the former calls for Alexa enthusiasts to pressure the Firefox team.

Anyway, on to my main point: is the A9 toolbar spyware? I am currently
experimenting with it and it is really hard to judge by the network
traffic. Since A9 and Alexa are 'united', does that imply that A9 will spy
on users and send data to Alexa in order to improve their statistical

There are some speculations at:


I can't find any definitive answer though.


Re: A9 (Amazon) Toolbar - Spyware?

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... or send data to Amazon.com about my interests in order to recommend me
some books, dvd's ect.?


Re: A9 (Amazon) Toolbar Review

On Saturday 20 August 2005 16:38, Mikkel Møldrup-Lakjer wrote:

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They are patenting that c**p in an effort to 'invent' and protect the very
notion of user history.

Having played about with the A9 bar for a few days, I can point out the

* Browser is crippled quite badly by the toolbar. Each page load registers a
log entry on a remote server.
* Secure pages are not being logged

* Logging can be disabled

* Using surf logs, bookmarks are built automatically which reflect on the
user's interests. A9/Amazon added that simple inference/related sites

* On demand, a file called siteinfo.xml is requested from the top-level
directory of the site (even if it does not exist, hence error is flagged in
Webmaster's log). This file contains main links and hierarchical menus. It
has the potential of becoming a nice feature. It is as if each site has a
menu of its own at browser-level, somewhat like Firefox live bookmarks.
That menu is controlled by the site owner who builds that menu using simple


* Highlighting tool, diary tool for each Web page and simplification of SERP
navigation are included as well

* Discounts at Amazon.com for using the search bar (i.e. giving consent to


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Re: A9 (Amazon) Toolbar Review

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Is this any different from the "pi/2%" (1.57%) discount one can also
get by doing an occasional "A9 Web Search"  search in the title section
at the Amazon web site?


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Re: A9 (Amazon) Toolbar Discount

On Saturday 20 August 2005 19:45, PBurch wrote:

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I could only find references to the half-Pi discount, but something tells me
that I heard about a more considerable discount in the past. I couldn't
trace the page though.


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Re: A9 (Amazon) Toolbar Review

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Thanks for the review!

If I disable logging it will not be harmful? and won't know where I surf?


Re: A9 (Amazon) Logging

On Saturday 20 August 2005 19:17, Mikkel Møldrup-Lakjer wrote:

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It shouldn't do. Needless to mention, logging is enabled by default.


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