I’ve been all over the place with web browsers lately.
Fussing at (and tweaking) Mozilla/Firefox
- Mozilla needs to make up its mind - gHacks Tech News. Yes. Yes it does!
- How to disable auto-playing Flash and HTML5 videos - gHacks Tech News.
- Finally: Mozilla adds working HTML5 Video autoplay blocking to Firefox - gHacks Tech News
- How to disable the Firefox 40 add-on signing requirement - gHacks Tech News
- Firefox 41: View Page Source opens website HTML code in tabs - gHacks Tech News. This I like.
- Performance - Firefox Developer Tools - MDN - This was a neat feature set I discovered in the Firefox Developer Edition. Sure all browsers have their “F12” toolsets, but these performance tools such as the Call Tree and Network Performance views could be extra handy for sysadmins working with slow web-app performance and maybe network issues.
- Thunderbird 38.0.1 is a massive update for the email client - gHacks Tech News.I’ve got a nice Office 2010/2013 license for MS Outlook but I am currently still sticking with Thunderbird. For a home-user email client it is super easy to manage and troubleshoot.
Base Jumping with Vivaldi snapshots
- Latest Vivaldi snapshot introduces interface scaling - gHacks Tech News
- Snapshot 188.8.131.52 Improvements to Search Engine Management, Spatial Navigation, Gray look and the foundations for customisable mouse gestures - Vivaldi Team Blog
- Snapshot 184.108.40.206 Spatial navigation improvement, Mac build fixes, Windows 64bits get auto-update - Vivaldi Team Blog
- Snapshot 220.127.116.11 Startpage customization, UI zooming, auto-update on mac and more - Vivaldi Team Blog
I continue to be impressed with where Vivaldi is going on their project.
And Polishing up the Chrome
- Google improves Chrome's power efficiency by pausing (some) Flash contents - gHacks Tech News
- Surprise, Google restores the old Bookmarks Manager in Chrome - gHacks Tech News
- Completely Secure: 11 Must-Have Firefox Addons For Security - Make Use Of blog
Discovery of uBlock Origin was a super-duper find for me a few weeks ago.
So when I learned about uBlock I thought I would give it a try. I liked it so much that I’ve installed it in all my Mozilla browser builds and in my Chromium browser as well. Top shelf.
- Official uBlock Origin add-on lands for Firefox - gHacks Tech News
- uBlock Origin extension taken down from Chrome Store by Google - gHacks Tech News (it’s back, btw)
- uBlock Origin - Add-ons for Firefox
- uBlock Origin - Chrome Web Store
I also run NoScript in my Mozilla browsers, but didn’t in Chromium. Never thought I could find a product that could be its equal.
I’m a stanch defender of the use of ad/script-blocking tools in my web-browsers. Not so much against the ads (annoying as they can be) but rather as a perimeter defense against malvertizing and zero-day attack campaigns. I follow these attacks time after time in the security blogs where trusted domain sites get nailed with malicious ad injections. Kind of like wearing your seatbelt while driving. It’s not that I myself am planning on being in an accident each time I get into the car to drive, but it comes from having a keen awareness that accidents occur when you least expect them and the seatbelt will provide a level of safety when it happens. (Well, and Texas law requires us to wear them too.) Anyway, hopefully the analogy stands.
Other security experts agree.
- NoScript as a staple in the toolbox - SANS Internet Storm Center
It was reading the comments in that SANS post that I then found the NoScript counterpart for Chrome/Chromium browsers:
- ScriptSafe - Chrome Web Store
Using ScriptSafe has been a bit of a learning curve adventure for me. Use of NoScript and fine-tuning the settings is second-nature now to me. However since I never used one in my Chromium browser, I am still scratching my head when pages don’t load as expected until I remember (again) that I have ScriptSafe now installed and have to tweak the domain/page rules to allow it to load properly but strip out the “unwanted” stuff.
The interfaces for making those choices (allow/block/etc.) are very different but as easy as they both are to use, I’m gradually liking the interface for ScriptSafe just a touch more. It is more user-friendly.
Regardless, I’m thrilled to now have two more tools to lock down the gates of my web-browsers with; uBlock and ScriptSafe.