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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Safer internet surfing experience?

If you'd like a safer internet surfing experience, consider adding the "NoScript" add-on to your Firefox browser.

There's just way too many bad guys out their that would like to find a way to exploit your system. Malicious code from a web site can do this to you via allowed java, adobe flash, Microsoft Silverlight, Active X type scripting.

For a while now, I've been listening to Steve Gibson (Security Now podcast) and he strongly recommends that you disable scripting. However, if scripting is disabled there's a strong chance that many unknown websites you visit will not work correctly. Well there's a great Firefox add-on that can assist you. NoScript allows JavaScript, Java (and other plug-ins) only for trusted domains of your choosing (i.e. your bank, or other routing sites you've come accustomed to trusting.) This "whitelist" based pre-emptive blocking approach prevents exploitation.

Check it it out by searching for "NoScript"

Tools | Add-ons | Get Extensions
In the search bar, type in "noscript"

Here's a direct link to it...

I've just installed it. I'll provide an update later.

Let me know what you think about this topic or this product?


Mark Grzeszczak said...

Just a few comments about "noscript" so far...

It's amazing how much scripting actually goes on out there and how many sites cross-link to other sites.

I have to say that the status bar on the bottom is getting a little annoying.

I'll see how it goes... and post again.

Mark Grzeszczak said...

Ok, I have to admit, it drove me crazy. I disabled it for now.