Posts Tagged ‘extensions’

Why aren’t there More Microsoft Edge Extensions?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

This is a valid question … it almost makes me wonder if perhaps the user-base for Edge has turned out to be smaller than Microsoft had anticipated.

One of the big new features of the Anniversary Update was extension support in Windows 10’s default system browser Microsoft Edge. Microsoft showcased several of the extensions during development of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, and got at least some users excited about the prospect of running ad blockers, password managers and other useful tools in Edge directly. The update launched with about ten extensions for Edge that were listed in Windows Store.

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How to Install Google Chrome Extensions in Firefox

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

I’ve never needed to do this myself, but it does sound like a useful trick.

The following guide walks you through the steps of installing Google Chrome extensions in Firefox. Mozilla is currently working on implementing WebExtensions support in the Firefox web browser which will make the browser compatible with many of the extensions offered for Google Chrome and Chrome compatible browsers.

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Microsoft Reveals Upcoming Windows 10 Features

Monday, April 11th, 2016

A sneak peek at some of the new features that Microsoft has planned for Windows 10.

Microsoft has published a Windows 10 roadmap for Business and Enterprise customers that reveals upcoming features of the operating system as well as a planned release month for the operating system’s Anniversary Update. According to this roadmap, Microsoft plans to release the Anniversary Update in July 2016.

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Verify Google Chrome Extensions Before You Install Them

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Most people don’t take the time to check out extensions before installing them, but it’s still a good idea (for a number of reasons.)

Google Chrome extensions can extend the functionality of the web browser or make life easier while browsing the Web. While that is the case, they may also be abused by companies to track users across the Internet, display advertisement or download malicious code to the user system. This article provides you with the means to verify Chrome extensions before you install them. It is important to do so before the extension gets installed in the browser as it may already be too late after installation.

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Precautions to Take Before Installing Chrome Extensions

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Most of these precautions are just basic common sense, but they’re also definitely worth reviewing …

The majority of extensions are not malicious, dangerous or privacy invading. The last years have seen a rise of an industry however that monetizes browser extensions. Companies contact extension developers to either purchase successful extensions (based on users) outright, or broker a deal with the developer to include scripts used to monetize the extension or track users of it.

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On May 1, Extensions Not Hosted in Store will be Disabled for Windows Chrome Users

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

If you’re a Chrome user and you’ve installed third party extensions, get ready to see them disappear … unless you update to Chrome Dev or Canary.

Google Chrome has powerful extension support that is second only to Firefox’s in the browsing world. Up until now, Chrome users were allowed to install extensions from the official Chrome Web Store, and also from third-party sources. A third-party source in this regard is any website that is not the Chrome Web Store. This includes userscripts on Userscripts.org, or the popular Media Hint extension that enables you to bypass country restrictions on select media sites on the Internet.

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How to Resolve Chrome’s Suspicious Extensions Disabled Notification

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I haven’t run into this problem myself (yet,) but here’s how to deal with it when it happens …

Google started to implement features into the Chrome web browser that improve the security for users of the browser. From basic things that do not change how you use Chrome, like the new permission confirmation dialog when you install extensions on the Chrome Web Store, to major changes like the blocking of third-party extension installations that will affect a large part of Chrome Stable and Beta users on Windows.

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How to Remove Chrome Extensions Manually

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

As is often the case with just about any kind of software product, uninstalling an extension is generally more complicated than installing an extension.

Extensions can be installed in several ways in the Chrome web browser. The most common form is an active installation by the user, usually by installing an extension directly from the Chrome Web Store. Third-party software installations on Windows can also install Chrome extensions, often with the user being unaware that this is happening. Toolbars such as the Ask Toolbar fall into that category.

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Google Improves Security of External Extension Installations Further in Chrome

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Third party extensions can be helpful sometimes, but they can also be a source of tremendous grief. It sounds like Google is taking the right steps to make sure third party extensions can’t serve as a conduit for malware.

Some call extensions the bread and butter of a browser. While I’d say that other factors play a role here as well, it is undeniable that extensions can improve the usability of a browser and browsing the Internet significantly. The popularity of extensions on the other hand has brought with it abuse of said system, usually for monetization or tracking purposes.

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Privacy Guard for Chrome Assigns Risk Categories to Extensions and Apps

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I only use a couple of extensions myself so I don’t really need Privacy Guard … but if I ever come to a point where I’m using more than two extensions, I’ll probably check it out.

It is quite difficult to keep an overview over extension and app permissions in the Chrome browser, especially if you have installed several. While you can look up permissions of individual extensions by opening chrome://extensions and clicking on the permissions link next to each extension, it is not really helpful if you want a quick overview of all apps or extensions installed in the browser.

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