Posts Tagged ‘Developer Tools’

How to Display Certificate Details in Chrome

Friday, February 10th, 2017

It bugs me to no end when software companies do this. When they move familiar tools and services to a hard-to-find location, it always feels like somebody broke into my office overnight and rearranged my desk, just for the heck of it.

Google is on a roll. After removing user control over some plugins installed in the browser, the company moved information about security certificates of sites to a place where most users may never find it. More and more sites on the Internet move to https. Doing so has advantages, but there is also a considerable amount of pressure by browser makers and search engines to get sites to migrate. Google is on the forefront of all of this. It may come as a surprise therefore that the company made the decision to move certificate information from the address bar to the browser’s Developer Tools.

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Hide Elements on a Page in Chrome, Firefox and Edge Temporarily

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

A handful of not-exactly-simple tricks for hiding ads and pop-ups that make it easier to access web content, but probably also drive online advertisers crazy.

Some web pages annoy the hell out of me with page elements they display to me when I’m opening them in a web browser. Maybe it is this silly “we use cookies” notification that every site under the sun seems to use these days, an on-top prompt to sign up for the newsletter, an ad that overlays content because of bad programming, or something else that is distracting or keeping me from accessing the content.

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Create a Log of all URLs Requested by Firefox with HTTP Request Logger

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

This seems like it would be useful for web security analysis, and just plain interesting for the sake of curiosity … but I bet that URL log would fill up pretty darned quick.

HTTP Request Logger is a lightweight add-on for the Firefox web browser that logs all urls connections are made to while the browser is running. Most of what happens when sites get loaded in a web browser is handled in the background. You type the address of the site you want to visit or click on it, and the browser does the rest. It may load data from a dozen or so resources in the background to display the contents of that one page.

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Find Out How Many Cookies Internet Sites Save to Your System

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Like the article says, cookies aren’t necessarily bad … but it’s still kind of interesting to see how many cookies some sites save to your system.

A cookie is a little snippet of data that websites can save to systems of users connecting to them. While web browsers ship with options to block cookies by default or prompt users for action, the default way of handling cookies is to allow them to be saved automatically. Cookies are not necessarily bad as they can be used for a variety of legitimate purposes such as saving the logged in state of a user or site preferences without account.

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Opera 19 Developer Update – How to Enable Opera’s Power User Mode

Friday, November 8th, 2013

It turns out that Opera’s Power User Mode hasn’t vanished after all … but Opera did make it so Power User Mode is pretty difficult to find.

To find out how to enable the power user mode, scroll down. Opera Software launched the first Chromium-based version of the company’s web browser back in the beginning of July 2013. The release caused quite the controversy, with many existing Opera users being disappointed by the lack of features of which some had been a part of the browser for more than a decade before.

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