Posts Tagged ‘extensions’

Firefox’s Protection Against Silent Extension Installations can be Bypassed

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Doesn’t it always happen this way? Just when it seems like a browser is truly safe, somebody comes along and proves that it isn’t …

Modifications to the Firefox browser by third party applications, often in the form of adware offers in program installers or by security software, is something that users of the browser had to cope with for a long time. Mozilla some time ago added protection to the browser to prevent that extensions installed by third party programs are enabled by default. Firefox users are prompted whenever the browser recognizes a silent installation to give users the choice to either enable the extension if it is wanted or keep it turned off if it is not.

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Chrome: Get Notified About Unapproved Extension Installations

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

This sounds like a particularly useful extension for security conscious Chrome users …

Unauthorized installation of extensions is not something that only Google Chrome users face but the Google browser, unlike Firefox, is currently haunted by the mysterious Settings Protector extension that auto-installs itself in the browser. It is not clear where the extension comes from and what its purpose it, but it is likely that it gets installed as part of a software installation or update on the system. We can’t rule out security exploits on the other hand yet.

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Chrome Extensions will Eventually Use Less Memory than Before

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

It looks like the folks at Google are already reacting to the recent reports that brand Chrome as a bit of a memory hog …

We have just confirmed that Google’s Chrome browser is not the smallest cat in the alley when it comes to memory usage. While memory usage is not the only parameter that is playing a role when it comes to a browser’s overall performance, it can have a serious impact especially on lower end systems where each Megabyte of RAM is used by the computer.

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Move Firefox Add-On Icons into the Address Bar

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Here’s an interesting Firefox add-on, that basically appears to make Firefox behave more like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer …

If maxing out the screen estate for websites visited in the Firefox web browser is important to you, you have probably experimented with various interface customizations to find the best possible solution for you personally. From merging toolbars to installing add-ons that merge or modify the browser’s functionality, the Firefox browser has a lot to offer in terms of customizations. In fact, this is one of the things that sets the browser apart from its main competitors Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer, as the latter two are both less flexible when it comes to interface customizations.

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Google Chrome Reveals Extensions to Websites

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I’m not particularly worried about this myself (yet,) but it is kind of interesting to know what kinds of information our web browsers might be giving out without our knowledge.

I may be old-fashioned in this regard but I prefer websites and companies to know as little about me as possible, unless the information is used for a service that I make active use of. I do not mind Amazon knowing that I’m an adult male, as this is blocking recommendations and offers aimed at a female audience on the site.

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The Difference Between Google Chrome Extensions and Web Apps

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Well, this certainly clears a few things up …

Google Chrome has supported extensions, sometimes called add-ons, for some time now. Recently the Google Chrome Web Store was added to the browser which has added web apps to the picture. The terminology can be confusing and this article tries to explain the differences.

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Opera – Please Fix the Opera Extensions Page

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

This might be kind of picky, but the article does make a valid point … the Opera Extensions Page does indeed need a re-design.

If you have followed the news surrounding the Opera web browser lately you know that the upcoming Opera 11 browser features an extensions framework, much like the one used by the Google Chrome web browser. (for the nitpickers, I’m not saying it is the same, I’m saying it looks similar from a user perspective).

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25 Safari Extensions You Can Install Now

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Here’s a pretty good pile of useful tools for Safari users …

Apple’s new Safari 5 brings support for browser extensions, which the company plans to showcase on its own gallery in a few months. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites.

To learn more about using Safari, check out our Safari 101 screencast on TechUniversity (subscription required).

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