Strangely, letterandsounds.com is blocked [Age restricted/illegal activity] but sparklebox isn't... [Well, it is. Just not in the default lists.]
I've just had another round of "is it ok if we use sparklebox?" and emailed the head to offer my opinion ("No. Not at school or at home.").
Kinge is still a director of sparklebox (SPARKLEBOX TEACHER RESOURCES LIMITED. Free and instant access to Director and Shareholder details. Credit Reports online instantly.) so as far as I'm concerned, we should stay away.
A googling of string "SparkleBox Teacher Resources Ltd site:whois.domaintools.com" pulls up some more sites registered by sparklebox.
SparkleBox.org.uk - Sparkle Box
SparkleBox.me.uk - Welcome to SparkleBox
SparklePlus.co.uk - Welcome to SparkleBox
SparkleBoxRes.co.uk - Sparkle Box Res
SparkleBox2.co.uk - 1000s FREE Primary Teaching Resources & Printables - SparkleBox KS2
There may be more..
I didn't know a few of those.
Definitely blocking them on Monday.
I remember reading last year that the toolbar would also upload jpg files it found on the users computer and would really slow the computer down it was installed on. Not sure how true this was but it definitely slowed my test machine down by a massive amount.
That's quite an accusation - would love to do some testing on that, I'd come down on it like a ton of bricks. Should be easy via wireshark.
I very much doubt that the current version is the same as the one I tested, which was a few years back, but who knows.
Just found these crazy instructions for removing the toolbar in 2010
I always fill in the "why did you uninstall?" forms (with a fake email, obviously). I couldn't repeat what gets written down here, though.
Conduit is a "diy toolbar" software used by quite a few toolbar gits - the likes of sparklebox, mywebsearch and babylon are the ones that top the bill for me!
All blocked here thanks for the heads up
Had to unblock this one today: http://sparkleboxteacherresources.ltd.uk/ why must such a legitimate site use so many different domains??
Point them to twinkl.co.uk - pretty much the same thing without any murkiness.