Posts Tagged ‘blocklist’

Firefox 43: Tracking Protection with Blocklist Selection

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Tracking protection is a handy feature for privacy’s sake, but in many cases it can also cut the time required to load some web pages.

Firefox 42 Stable, which will be released on November 3, 2015 if the schedule holds, will ship with Tracking Protection, a new feature enabled in Firefox’s private browsing mode to improve a user’s privacy while using the mode. The feature blocks certain connections from being made to limit the exposure to tracking on the Internet. This works similar to how blocking extensions and programs

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Pale Moon blocks Adblock Plus

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Sometimes, the “it is what it is” philosophy can truly be a deal breaker.

Users of the Pale Moon web browser who try to install the popular adblocking extension Adblock Plus won’t be able to do so anymore as it was added to the blocklist by the Pale Moon team. Pale Moon users who have it installed may have noticed that it is no longer enabled either.

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Mozilla Blocks All Versions of Adobe Flash in Firefox

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Adobe Flash has always had security problems. Hopefully, Firefox’s actions will provide Adobe with a good reason to take care of those problems.

Mozilla has added all versions of Adobe Flash up to the most recent version 18.0.0.203 to the Firefox blocklist. Security researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in recent versions of Adobe Flash that have not been patched yet by Adobe but are exploited in the wild. In particular, several exploit kits are already making use of it to serve crypto-ransomware to systems running Adobe Flash.

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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.

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Firefox to get Self-Heal Feature

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

This sounds like it could be extremely helpful … providing that it actually works.

When you are currently running into troubles using Firefox, you have a couple of semi-automated and manual options to deal with those issues. From trying to figure out what is wrong on your own, for instance by running Firefox in Safe Mode or resetting modified preferences, to creating a new profile or using the browser’s reset feature.

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Mozilla adds Ubisoft Uplay to the blocklist

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Oops! It looks like Ubisoft’s Uplay has some major security issues …

When Mozilla detects serious security or stability issues in add-ons or plugins, it may decide to block them for all users of the browser. A security vulnerability has recently been discovered in Ubisoft’s Uplay software which can be exploited by third parties. The majority of online magazines and reports call it a rootkit, which is not the really the term that should be used to describe the software. Unlike rootkits, the program does not attempt to hide the functionality on the system, and it is much more likely that it is simply code that has not been tested enough.

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