Posts Tagged ‘plugins’

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.


Firefox 26: Here’s what’s New

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

I kind of like the idea of setting all plug-ins to “click to play” by default …

Later today, Mozilla will release an update that will bring the stable channel of the Firefox browser to version 26.

As with all stable updates before, we have taken a very close look at what is new and changed in the update, so that you can prepare yourself for it. Firefox’s other release channels, that is Beta, Aurora and Nightly, will also be updated in the next days and moved up a version. This means that Beta will hit Firefox 27, Aurora Firefox 28 and Nightly Firefox 29.


How to Fix Java Issues in Recent Firefox Versions

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

If you’ve been having troubles getting Java to run correctly in Firefox, you might want to check this out …

Browser plugins like Java, Flash or Silverlight are third party programs that get loaded by the browsers provided that they are set up correctly and not blocked by the user. Most browsers load all plugins they can get hold of, which often has the consequence that ten or more plugins are loaded by default and may interact with websites that get opened in the web browser of choice.


Mozilla: Java is Insecure, Default Click to Play for All Plugins but Flash from Firefox 26 On

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

This is kind of an interesting development … Java has a long history of security problems.

Mozilla made it clear back in January 2013 that it would change the way plugins are handled in the organization’s Firefox web browser in a fundamental way. Up until that time, plugins were automatically loaded and enabled in the browser with the exception of plugins that landed on Mozilla’s blocklist.


How to Make Sure that a Firefox Plugin Never Activates (Again)

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Here’s a helpful trick for those of us who still use Firefox plugins … and also for those of us who don’t want to use those plugins anymore.

The web is moving away from plugins which is a good thing as it reduces the risk of falling pray to security attacks that target old versions of plugins or use 0-days to attack even the latest versions. Some plugins do cling on however despite the move to HTML5 and JavaScript. Especially Java and Flash need to be mentioned here, but chance is that your browser picked up quite a few plugins along the way.


How to Make Firefox the Fort Knox of Browsers

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Several of these tips are almost too obvious, but the article still provides a nice summary of the steps required to make Firefox more secure.

Whenever you hop on to the Internet you are facing dangers. While it is relatively safe on popular sites such as Facebook or Google, it is possible that you are deceived even there. On Facebook, it may be a link that someone posted and that you are dying to follow (Justin Bieber did this, the Pope is dead), and on Google, you may for instance be deceived by advertisement. Once you wander off those well lighted paths on the Internet, things can turn bad pretty quickly.


Firefox to Load Third-Party Plugins on User Request in the Future

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

This is an interesting development, security-wise … and it also seems like it would help to make Firefox run faster.

The Firefox web browser supports plugins and browser extensions. The core difference is that plugins are loaded from external sources and often proprietary. They are currently enabled by default if Firefox notices them in one of the default plugin locations on the system.


How to Disable or Remove Google Chrome Plugins

Friday, July 27th, 2012

If you’re concerned about security risks from out-dated browser plugins, here’s how to get rid of them …

The Google Chrome web browser – just like Firefox and other browsers – integrates plugins automatically that it finds on the system. While this is comfortable in a way, as these can be used by websites to display contents without the user having to enable them first, it can also be a security risk, especially if plugins are not up to date.


Mozilla Adds Old Java Versions to Global Blocklist

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This makes good sense; many earlier versions of Java were riddled with security holes …

Running old plugins in your web browser is bad, as it opens the door for all sorts of mayhem. This includes exploits that target known vulnerabilities in those versions, or stability and compatibility issues that you may experience as a result of that. While users are to blame for that, it is also something that browser vendors have not really taken care of.


Block Firefox from Re-enabling Disabled Plugins

Monday, May 9th, 2011

I hate it when a browser decides to undo configuration changes that I’ve made; this looks like a very useful trick …

When I look under plugins in the Firefox add-on manager I notice many plugins there that I never use. Among them illustrious plugins like Google Update, iTunes Application detector, Microsoft Office 2010, Windows Activation Technology or Windows Live Photo Gallery. To be honest, I sometimes do not even know what purpose they have. Google Update for instance, why is that listed as a plugin in the Firefox web browser?