Posts Tagged ‘noscript’

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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NoScript Script Surrogates explained

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Here’s a quick, basic overview of Firefox’s NoScript Surrogates add-on …

This guide looks at NoScript’s Script Surrogates functionality, explains how you can add or remove surrogates from the popular Firefox add-on, and explains what the feature is being used for. Most Internet users who have heard about NoScript associate it with the blocking of scripts on sites that the user visits in the browser. That’s correct, but NoScript is more powerful than that as it offers several other security features and settings worth taking a look at.

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Tor Browser 4.5 Introduces Security Slider and Improvements

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

I’ve never checked out the Tor browser before, but it does sound kind of interesting.

The Tor Browser Team has released Tor version 4.5 for all supported operating systems. The update is considered significant which is why automatic updates have been delayed for a week. Tor users running an older version of the browser can download the most recent build from the official project page.

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Sites May Detect the Local IP Address in Browsers Supporting WebRTC

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Even when one has nothing to hide, it’s still sort of annoying to have someone else constantly looking over your shoulder.

Whenever you connect to sites on the Internet information about the connection and the underlying system are available to the site automatically. Information include the web browser and version used to connect, the language, operating system and also the remote IP address. While there are means to prevent the IP address from being revealed, by using proxy servers or virtual private networks for example, one IP address is revealed in the end.

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Disallow Scripts Temporarily on Web Pages in Firefox

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

On one hand, Scripts can be annoying, but on the other, it’s actually kind of fun to be able to defeat them sometimes.

The majority of websites that you visit load one or multiple scripts. Scripts, usually based on JavaScript code, serve a variety of purposes that include powering site functionality, displaying advertisement or tracking users. There are scripts that are outright annoying or even malicious. A site that is loading new popups whenever you close the old one, another that auto-refreshes in short intervals, and a third that redirects you automatically to another version or site.

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How to Use NoScript Effectively

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

NoScript can indeed be pretty frustrating; it usually takes a bit of tweaking in order to get it to work the way you want it to work.

Whenever I speak to someone who used NoScript for a day or two I’m told that the add-on is complicated and a nuisance. NoScript, for those of you who do not know it, is an add-on for the Firefox web browser whose main feature is the blocking of scripts running on web pages you visit in the browser.

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How to Prevent Websites from Hijacking Keyboard Shortcuts

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Disabling JavaScript is a good start, but sometimes it’s just easier to completely avoid web sites that mess with your browser’s capabilities.

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way of speeding up certain operations in the web browser of choice. Ctrl-t opens a new tab, Ctr-s saves the displayed content to the local system, and Ctrl-l moves the cursor to the browser’s address bar. Sometimes however these shortcuts won’t work and the core reason for this is that the website you are on hijacked it. Without going into too many technicalities: websites can override shortcuts by using JavaScript.

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The Firefox NoScript Guide You have All Been Waiting For

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Here’s how to set up Firefox to block scripts from running when you visit websites …

One of the core reasons why I’m using the Firefox web browser on my desktop PC and not another browser is that the NoScript extension is only available for that browser. NoScript does what the name implies, it blocks scripts from running automatically on all most websites. This boosts security significantly, as most attacks run on websites require scripts to be effective. It will also improve page loading times on average, as less contents need to be loaded when NoScript is enabled.

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HTTP Switchboard for Chrome Gives You Full Control Over All Connections

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Need more control over your browsing experience? Here’s a Chrome extension that allows you to custom tailor Chrome’s interaction with third party servers …

Whenever you load a website in your web browser of choice lots of things happen in the background before the page is rendered. It may not take longer than a second for all of them to complete, but that does not mean that there is not a lot going on in the background during that time. One of the things are requests made to third party servers, for instance to load social networking scripts, advertisement or other contents that are not hosted on the server the website you are connecting to is hosted on.

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Script Defender is a Script-Blocking Extension for Google Chrome

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Apparently, Google has developed its own version of NoScript. This seems like a good idea, but further testing is needed to determine if it really works.

Script Defender is a NoScript-like extension for the Google Chrome web browser. The extension enables you to block scripts, plugins and other page elements automatically on websites that you visit in Chrome, so that you stay safer, run into less annoying things on the web and even save some bandwidth in the process.

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