Here are a few Firefox "nibblets" I've come across this week:
Firekeeper (extension) - According to the developer it is "...an Intrusion Detection and Prevention System for Firefox. It is able to detect, block and warn the user about malicious sites. Firekeeper uses flexible rules similar to Snort ones to describe browser based attack attempts. Rules can also be used to effectively filter different kinds of unwanted content."
While still in early "alpha" development, I really like the promise of this one. Unlike traditional browser-based malware protection, this gem loads into Firefox and scans your Firefox-based browsing traffic for suspicious content and behaviors. It will use blacklists, whitelists, and default rule settings.
Since it is based on the security-community's little favorite intrusion detection system piggie--Snort--it should have a very robust foundation. And the developer promises to keep the rules very simple. (Firekeeper screenshots)
I'll be keeping my eye on this one...and trying to hook it up with my Firefox 3.0 build over the weekend.
It uses Firefox's built in password tool, but disallows the pre-filling of forms. Instead when you land on a login page, you can hover over the tool icon which will then display the actual login URL and the login accounts you have established with it. Select the one you want and it will fill in.
Overall it is a very clever and secure solution for web-based login-form management.
I'm just now trying to get used to it, so it takes some time to learn and configure...but I think I will grow to like it.
Make Link (extension) - Sweet little Firefox extension allows you to grab a web-link and paste it, properly formatted, into comments or a forum. It can save time and increase accuracy to make sure you don't flub a link-to!
I already use a similar extension, CoLT (Copy Link Text). But it's weakness is that it only copies URL's. If you want to copy/select/format non-linked text on a page and associate it with the page...you are out of luck.
I had been using Copy URL+ to accomplish that task, but it hadn't been playing as well with Firefox 2.0 so I dropped it.
However, Make Link does support the user copying a non-linked selection, but still associating it with the URL of the page. Nice!
--spotted on Lifehacker
Some popup/under windows in Firefox will not display the address in the window bar. In some cases this is because they really have something to hide.
By making an easy change in the Firefox about:config settings you can enable URL addresses to always be displayed in popup windows.
To do this:
- Enter about:config in the location bar
- Look for dom.disable_window_open_feature.location
- Double click it to toggle it to true
Nice tip, guys!
Feed your Fox daily!