Posts Tagged ‘add-on’

Where are those Anonymous Firefox Add-On Ratings Coming From?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

I’d wondered about this myself. Apparently, there’s a reasonable explanation, but still, those “no comment” reviews are definitely less helpful than the reviews that have something to say.

If you are a Firefox user and pay attention to user reviews and ratings on the Firefox add-ons website, you may have noticed an increase in anonymous ratings. The ratings are left by anonymous user “random six character string”, and only have a rating but no review itself. This in itself is strange for veteran Firefox users, considering that one of the requirements for leaving reviews was leaving a comment up until now.


NoScript 5.0 Add-On for Firefox Released

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Although it’s a little bit of a hassle to be busy continuously whitelisting sites that you want to allow, but the ability to block scripts is probably one of the most effective PC security measures available.

NoScript 5.0, a popular script blocker (and more) for Firefox has just been released to the public after two release candidate build releases. The browser add-on is a script blocker first and foremost. It blocks any script from running on sites you visit, unless you whitelist them. The approach makes it one of the best add-ons from a security point of view, but means that you will have to adjust website permissions regularly as sites may fail to load completely or partially due to scripts not being loaded when the site is opened in the Firefox web browser.


How to Mute Sites Permanently in Firefox

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Here’s a great way to deal with those sites that routinely fire up a noisy sound file or video, every time you access them.

MuteLinks is a new browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that enables you to mute specific sites so that they will never play sound when opened or used. Sound can be a very distracting and annoying thing, especially if it starts to play as soon as a page loads. While there are not that many sites that auto-play video or audio files, some do. Others may display ads with sound on their site which is equally problematic.


What to do When Firefox Disables Installed Add-Ons

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Apparently, there’s a lot of this going around, but fortunately, there are work-arounds.

There is a lot of buzz surrounding Tuesday’s Firefox 43 release, and here specifically the enforcement of add-on signing for the first time in the stable version of the web browser. The change caught many users of the browser unprepared and might have disastrous consequences for Mozilla as users might migrate to another browser supporting their favorite extensions.


Here are your Options for Running Unsigned Add-Ons in Firefox

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

If you’re still using (or trying to use,) older, unsigned Firefox Add-Ons, here’s how to keep them running … at least until Firefox 44 arrives.

Your favorite Firefox add-on just stopped working in the browser or refuses to install? If that happens to you it could be because of a new policy over at Mozilla that requires add-ons to be signed before they can be installed or activated in the Firefox web browser. The policy is not live yet — Mozilla postponed the enforcement part to Firefox 44 which will come out on January 26, 2016 according to the official Firefox release schedule.


Fix for Installing Unsigned Add-Ons in Firefox Dev and Nightly

Monday, August 10th, 2015

If you’re a Firefox user and you’ve noticed that some of your add-ons aren’t working, this might help …

If you run a recent version of Firefox Dev or Nightly, and try to install an unsigned add-on, you may receive the error message that the browser prevented the operation from completing (… has prevented this site from installing an unverified add-on). Also, if you have unsigned extensions installed in Firefox Nightly, you may have noticed that the most recent update disabled them.


Mozilla Plans to Change How Firefox Ships in 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

I like the part about validating new ideas with users before shipping, but the part about making changes while a browser is active kind of concerns me.

There has been one major change in past years in regards to how the Firefox web browser is developed and shipped to its users. Mozilla changed to a rapid release cycle in 2011 and has been using the model ever since. While the organization does not plan to change the six week cycle just yet, its Go Faster initiative changes how Firefox for the desktop is shipped.


How to Disable the Firefox 40 Add-On Signing Requirement

Friday, June 19th, 2015

If you’re trying to get an older version of a Firefox Add-On to work with Firefox 40, this might help …

Mozilla will enforce the signing of extensions in Firefox in Firefox 40. This particular version of Firefox is scheduled for release on August 11, 2015 to the stable channel. Add-on signing refers to a new system implemented by Mozilla that requires extensions for Firefox to be signed by the organization in order to install them in stable and beta versions of the Firefox web browser.


Google’s Fight against Ad Injectors Continues

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

I wish Google luck. Ad injectors are an annoying nuisance to both web users and web designers.

So-called ad injectors are programs that insert ads into pages visited in web browsers. This is harmful in many ways not only to users who are often bombarded with ads, popups and other unwanted annoyances but also webmasters and businesses who finance their sites through advertisement and advertising networks. Google notes in a new blog post on the official Chrome blog that ad injectors are the number one complaint of Chrome users in 2015.


Mozilla Firefox Add-on Signing has started

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Yeah, this is sort of a hassle, but it’s for our own good.

Mozilla announced in February 2015 that it would require add-ons to be signed in the near future to improve security and privacy for users of the browser. The idea here was to reduce the number of malicious extensions released for the browser and here especially those not distributed via Mozilla’s website through the verification of signatures.