Posts Tagged ‘permissions’

Microsoft Edge’s “Something Missing on this Page” Message

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

For the most part, this message is an indication that Edge has blocked content (and usually, that means Flash content.)

If you follow the release of Windows 10 Insider Build releases, or have installed one on a PC, you may have noticed that Microsoft put a lot of effort in recent builds to improve the system’s default web browser Microsoft Edge. Edge is a rather bare bones browser, which is refreshing when you come from Internet Explorer, but disappointing if you expect the same level of customization that Firefox offers for instance.

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This is Firefox’s Upcoming Permissions System

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Here’s a quick summary of the changes that are coming to Firefox’s permissions system …

Back in mid-2016 we gave you a glimpse of the new permissions system that Mozilla was working on at the time for its Firefox web browser. Mozilla worked on it a bit more in the meantime, and plans to launch an updated version of it soon that improves the user interaction with permissions in several ways.

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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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Clueful Scans Your Android Phone for Privacy Risks

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

If privacy is a concern, then this app (or one of several others like it) can help you find programs on your Android that might have access to more permissions than they really need.

Most Android apps require permissions to work properly. If an app wants to send SMS, look up the your current location or write to the system, it needs to request the proper permissions to do just that. These permissions are displayed to you when you install the app on your device.

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