Posts Tagged ‘firefox’

Firefox gets a Performance Settings Section

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

This sounds like a convenient addition to Firefox, although it doesn’t appear to offer many new functions beyond what is already available via about:config.

Mozilla plans to add a Performance section to the Settings page of the Firefox web browser that allows users to modify some performance related parameters in the UI. The roll-out of Firefox’s multi-process architecture was a big step in the right direction for Mozilla. The architecture separates the browser’s core from sites and applications.

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Chrome’s JavaScript Popup Handling Changes

Friday, March 31st, 2017

It’s surprising that Chrome has taken so long to implement changes that protect users from malicious pop-up ads; Firefox took care of this problem years ago.

Google implemented a change in Chrome’s JavaScript popup handling behavior recently that restricts JavaScript popups. The change, which landed in Chrome Canary and Dev already, improves the handling of JavaScript alert(), confirm() and prompt() dialogs that pages may throw in the browser. Chrome up until now, and that is still true for Chrome Stable and Beta, handled these JavaScript dialogs per browser-window.

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Where are those Anonymous Firefox Add-On Ratings Coming From?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

I’d wondered about this myself. Apparently, there’s a reasonable explanation, but still, those “no comment” reviews are definitely less helpful than the reviews that have something to say.

If you are a Firefox user and pay attention to user reviews and ratings on the Firefox add-ons website, you may have noticed an increase in anonymous ratings. The ratings are left by anonymous user “random six character string”, and only have a rating but no review itself. This in itself is strange for veteran Firefox users, considering that one of the requirements for leaving reviews was leaving a comment up until now.

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Full LastPass 4.1.42 Exploit Discovered

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Password managers must make an incredibly tempting target for hackers. Heads up, LastPass users!

Tavis Ormandy, a prolific member of Google’s Project Zero initiative, revealed that he discovered a new security issue in LastPass 4.1.42 (and maybe earlier). Ormandy revealed that he discovered an exploit, but did not reveal it. Project Zero discoveries are reported to the companies who produce the affected products. The companies have 90 days to react, usually by creating a new product version that they make available publicly to all customers.

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NoScript 5.0 Add-On for Firefox Released

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Although it’s a little bit of a hassle to be busy continuously whitelisting sites that you want to allow, but the ability to block scripts is probably one of the most effective PC security measures available.

NoScript 5.0, a popular script blocker (and more) for Firefox has just been released to the public after two release candidate build releases. The browser add-on is a script blocker first and foremost. It blocks any script from running on sites you visit, unless you whitelist them. The approach makes it one of the best add-ons from a security point of view, but means that you will have to adjust website permissions regularly as sites may fail to load completely or partially due to scripts not being loaded when the site is opened in the Firefox web browser.

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Firefox – Legacy add-on or WebExtension? How to Find Out

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

When Firefox 57 is released, many older add-ons will suddenly go away. Here’s a simple trick that will tell you if your favorite add-ons will be among the casualties.

So, by now you have probably heard that a major change is coming this year to the Firefox add-on ecosystem. In a nutshell, Mozilla will scrap all legacy add-ons and move the add-on system exclusively to WebExtensions.

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Firefox Fingerprinting Using Intermediate CA Caching

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Fortunately, the article also describes an easy way to fix this problem …

New browser capabilities and features are designed to improve the user experience or compatibility with technologies. Sometimes, these features may also be used for shady activities such as user tracking. One of the latest of these activities can be used to fingerprint Firefox users using intermediate CA caching.

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Firefox Focus Privacy Scandal

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

“Scandal” might be overstating things a bit, but it turns out that Firefox’s new, privacy-oriented mobile browser isn’t as private as one might assume.

Firefox Focus: the privacy browser, is a free mobile browser for iOS devices by Mozilla designed to protect user privacy while browsing the web. The app “improves the privacy and performance” of a user’s mobile browsing experience by “blocking analytics, social, and advertising trackers” according to the product description on Apple’s iTunes website. It furthermore enables you to erase the browsing history, passwords and cookies easily.

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Time to Make the Switch to 64-Bit Firefox on Windows

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Now that Mozilla is dropping support for NPAPI plug-ins, there’s really no reason to stick with the 34-bit version of Firefox.

The story of 64-bit Firefox on Windows is a long and complex one, and it is just about to end with Mozilla moving from offering 32-bit Firefox as the default download option to offering 64-bit Firefox on Windows by default.

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Firefox 52 – How to Keep on Using Plugins

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Apparently, plugins are on their way out. Fortunately though, there’s still a way to tweak Firefox to keep your favorite plugins running.

Firefox 52 will be the first release version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser that will ship without support for NPAPI plugins. The only exception to the rule is that Firefox 52 will support Adobe Flash. All other plugins, Silverlight, Java, and all the others, won’t be supported anymore in the Firefox version. While plugin use is on the decline, scenarios exist where plugins are still required to use sites or services on the Internet.

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