Posts Tagged ‘extension’

Unsupported Extensions Disabled: How to Re-enable Blocked Extensions in Chrome

Friday, June 6th, 2014

I guess I’m lucky; I haven’t had a problem with disabled extensions (yet.) Here’s how to unblock those extensions, just in case …

Google knows what is best for you, that’s why Chrome Stable and Chrome Beta on Windows block extensions that have not been installed from the Chrome Web Store as of today. You will receive a notification stating “unsupported extensions disabled” with no option to re-enable the extension again in the browser directly. Why is Google doing so? According to the company, to make Chrome safer and protect users from malicious browser extensions that may have been installed without their knowledge.


How to Monitor Extension Updates in Chrome and Firefox

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

It turns out that not all extension updates are a good thing …

The purchase of popular browser extensions for Google chrome or Mozilla Firefox is a lucrative business. Companies offer developers sums in the four or five digit range to get full control over the extension. I have described a year ago how companies take advantage of users by acquiring Firefox add-ons, and Chrome has seen its fair share of extension controversy as well.


Prepare Yourself – Australis Landing on Firefox Nightly on Monday

Friday, November 15th, 2013

I’ve been reading a heck of a lot about Australis (both good and bad) for months now … and now it looks like I’ll finally be able to check it out for myself …

If things go as planned, Mozilla will move the controversial interface update for its Firefox browser to the browser’s Nightly channel on Monday, November 18th. Up until now, Australis was tested in special UX Builds of the browser and not available in any of the regular release channels of it.


HTTP Nowhere for Firefox Blocks All but Encrypted Traffic

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

It looks like Firefox is quickly becoming the browser of choice for those concerned with privacy and security …

Protecting your privacy online is a hot topic right now, with PRISM looming over the heads of all Internet users. But even if you take PRISM aside, there is a drive towards privacy on the Internet.


SettingSanity Adds Removed Preferences Back to Firefox

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Why is it that so many software companies feel compelled to “dumb-down” their products to a point where they’re mainly designed for inexperienced users? Is browser configuration really all that difficult and fraught with peril?

Mozilla has started to remove features from Firefox that it believes do more harm than good ever since Firefox 4 was released. While that may protect inexperienced users from themselves, by removing options from Firefox that can make it unusable, it annoys experienced users who know what they are doing.


Don’t Like Chrome’s Scrollbar? Then Change it with Rescroller

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Here’s yet another extension that allows you to tweak the Chrome interface to fit your individual browsing preferences …

Scrollbars are an essential part of every modern web browser due to the sheer amount of window sizes that browser’s support. If a website cannot be displayed fully on the screen because it is larger than the window or screen size, scrollbars are usually displayed to take that into account and provide users with options to access all contents of the site with the input device of choice.


Display the Page Title in Firefox’s URL Bar

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The more that a browser interface changes, the more demand for tricks to put it back the way it was before …

The introduction of the single menu button in the Firefox web browser brought along other changes with it. The menu bar of the browser is now hidden by default, and while you can get it back temporarily with a tap on the Alt-key or permanently by using the customize menu, it is likely that most Firefox users do not do such a thing.


Web2Flickr Uploads Screenshots of Every Page You Visit to Flickr

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

I agree with the author: I can’t make up my mind if this is an incredibly good idea, or an incredibly bad idea …

I’m not entirely sure if Web2Flickr’s functionality is a great idea or scary, probably both depending on how it is used. The idea behind the Google Chrome extension is simple: take a snapshot of every web page you visit and upload it instantly to Flick.


How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Most Chrome extensions will now work with the Opera browser …

One of the positive side effects of switching to Blink, the same browser engine that Google Chrome uses, is that Opera users can tap right into the vast extension repository of that browser. That’s at least the theory, but when you visit the Chrome web store you will notice that there is no way to install extensions as the add to Chrome button is not displayed on the page.


Google Chrome to Warn Against Malicious Extension Downloads

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Google has taken another crack at protecting its browser from malicious, third-party extensions …

Google has added several safeguards to the Chrome web browser in recent time to increase the security of the browser in regards to the installation of browser extensions. The developers blocked the option to install Chrome extensions from third party websites last year. This prevents installations by the user but also by automatic means from third party websites, and while there is a way around that, it is a manual way so that it cannot be exploited.