Posts Tagged ‘Google Chrome’

Oh No! Yet Another Java Vulnerability Discovered

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Just when it was starting to look safe to go back into the Java again …

Some time ago I made the decision to ditch Java completely on my system. I had to find a few replacement apps, for instance for the popular file hosting downloader JDownloader or the RSS feed reader RSSOwl, but other than that, I did not really miss Java once I kicked it off the hard drive.

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How to Disable Java in your Web Browser

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

This is a pretty basic trick that many people probably already know, but in light of recent security problems with Java, it’s also a tip that’s well worth repeating …

By now you have probably heard about a new Java vulnerability that is been actively exploited on the Internet. I do not want to rehash all that has been said, and would like to suggest articles on ZDnet and Securelist for that which should provide you with an overview of the threat. Only that much: only Java 7.x is affected by the vulnerability, while Java 6.x versions are not.

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Google Chrome 18 Stable Released

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Here’s a quick summary of the new features included in the latest Google Chrome release …

Google has just released an update that brings the stable channel of the Google Chrome web browser to version 18. Chrome users running version 17 or other previous versions should receive automatic updates once they start the browser. Those who do not can click on the Wrench icon, and then About Google Chrome to force the browser to check for new updates.

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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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Private Browsing without Closing the Active Firefox Session

Monday, March 12th, 2012

I wonder why it took Firefox so long to catch up on this feature? Given all the recent Firefox updates, it seems like they would have addressed it sooner.

One of the things that has always annoyed me in regards to Firefox’s private browsing mode was the fact that the browser did close the active session before switching to that mode. And while Firefox offers to save the active session, that is the open tabs and other session related information, it is nowhere near as comfortable as a solution that would spawn a new private browsing window without affecting the active session.

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Switch Between Multiple Bookmark Bars in Google Chrome

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

I’ve never used Chrome’s bookmark bars myself (more of a fan of the folder approach,) but this sounds like a cool trick for those who do …

If you are making use of the bookmarks bar in Google Chrome, you probably have noticed that it offers limited space for your important bookmarks and not the best manageability. While it is possible to remove bookmarks from the bar directly, or to add the current page as a new one, you won’t find options in the frontend to swap bookmarks around. For that, you need to open the Chrome bookmarks manager.

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Hide All Chrome Tabs with a Single Click

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Here’s a new twist on an old idea …

If you are working in a multi-user office or in a room that people may enter unannounced, you’d probably like an option to hide what’s shown on the screen when that happens. Maybe you like buying gifts for someone online, like to surf on a site that you are not allowed to access, or do not want your office colleagues to find out that you are into Britney Spears. Whatever it is, a Panic Button application can be the solution.

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Ghost Incognito, Automate Private Browsing In Chrome

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Here’s an interesting Chrome extension that you might find useful if you work on public PCs or if you’re just concerned with security …

I’m not using private browsing modes that web browsers like Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and even Internet Explorer offer. The core reason is that I’m the only user on the PC so that it is not necessary to protect my privacy using private browsing sessions. Plus, I delete my browsing data at the end of each session anyway. The situation is different on public PCs, work PCs and other shared computer systems as it is usually a good idea to protect your privacy from the prying eyes of others. Sometimes it may even be essential to avoid the leaking of work secrets or other confidential data.

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White Noise for Chrome

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

This is kind of an interesting idea … but I think the white noise would be more likely to put me to sleep instead of helping me to concentrate.

Depending on your work environment you sometimes may get distracted or interrupted by noise. In my particular situation for instance, I tend to get distracted by dog walkers or service carts outside of my apartment. Others may be distracted by co-workers chatting on the phone, a refrigerator, television or anything else that is distracting them from work. Heck, even a computer that is to loud can be very distracting during work.

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ScriptNo – Another NoScript Extension for Chrome

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Here’s a more up-to-date alternative to NoScript for security-conscious Chrome users …

One of the two issues that I identified in yesterday’s review of Opera’s NotScripts extension was that it has not been updated for a long period of time. A script by the same name for Google Chrome, NotScript for Chrome, has also not been updated for almost a year now. Ghacks reader Vineeth just sent me a link to ScriptNo, a NoScript alternative for Chrome users.

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