The boffins have spoken, and they’ve spoken right: Don’t use anti phishing toolbars, or at least don’t rely on them. (Anti phishing toolbars sit in your browser and supposedly warn you if you’ve been directed to a website that’s about to plunder your bank account, or at least steal your passwords.) I’ve been saying the same thing for a year or so, but I’m not a boffin, so it’s better to listen to them. According to VNUnet a team from Carnegie Mellon compared 10 anti-phishing toolbars and missed up to more than half of the phishing sites. D’oh. “Overall we found that the anti-phishing toolbars that
Bleeding Edge, always worth a look, points to a new Firefox extension for saving material off the web: Zotero. It not only does a great job of storing globs of web pages or the whole thing but it has an academic bent too, allowing you to store bibiographic information too. That said, it’s not musty: It lets you assign tags to stuff you’ve saved, lets you relate one item to another, and makes exporting everything you’ve saved pretty easy too. Reminds me a little of the excellent ScrapBook, another clip-saving tool. Full, updated Loose Wire list of them here. Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine pours a
Further to my rant about IntelliTXT and its interstitial ads (why do I think they’re called that? No one else seems to think so. Maybe I just like saying “interstitials”), here’s a great tip from Amy Gahran at Poynter Online, on blocking Flash-based ads, using a Firefox plugin called Flashblock. She has this message for news websites (or any websites) that rely on these intrusive ads: I’m sorry if Flash-based ads are a cornerstone of your online business model. But frankly, basing your business model on something that annoys people is probably not a sound approach in an age where audiences exercise ever-finer control over the media
Update Nov 7 2006: A new kid on the block for Firefox 2.0 users: Zotero. (Thanks, Charles) I recently wrote in WSJ.com (subscription required) about how to save snippets of information while you’re browsing. I didn’t have space to mention all the options I — or readers — came across, so here’s the beginnings of a list. Please feel free to let me know about more: The basic criterion is that the service lets the user easily capture material they’ve found on the Internet (for stuff that’s more socially oriented, check out my Directory of Social Annotation Tools). Zotero. It not only does a great
Does anyone know of a Firefox extension that would add a selected word to your list of emailed Google News Alerts?
Del.icio.us has come up with a new Firefox extension which includes toolbar buttons, a menu, context menus and search engine: Pretty neat, although for some reason my Firefox is behaving and won’t tolerate some popups. More on some alternatives to this in a future post.
This is documented elsewhere, but perhaps comes across as too nerdy for some. If you’re using Windows XP, recovering from a crash or whatever, and find that your Firefox bookmarks (and bookmarklets and bookmark toolbar) have disappeared, here’s what to do: Close Firefox if it’s running. Find your profile in c:Documents and Settings[your XP user name]Application DataMozillaFirefoxProfiles There should be a subfolder there called bookmarkbackups. Find the most recent bookmarks html file in there (usually with a date after the ‘bookmarks’ bit. Copy it to somewhere safe and rename the existing one bookmarks.html. Copy it to the default profiles folder (up one level from the
Good list by Steve Rubel of Bookmarklets Every Blogger Should Have: Here’s a bunch of bookmarklets that I use every day in Firefox. I highly recommend them. To use these, drag each one individually into your Favorites or Links toolbar (in IE), or your bookmarks folder/toolbar in Firefox Good stuff. What I’d like to find is an extension to the toolbar in Firefox that let me add more bookmarklets (God, I hate that term. Anything ending in -let is ripe for extermination). Anything out there?
Just in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, it’s being recommended you uninstall Greasemonkey, a Firefox (and Opera) script tool, because of a serious flaw that serious flaw that leaves all your files vulnerable: In other words, running a Greasemonkey script on a site can expose the contents of every file on your local hard drive to that site. Running a Greasemonkey script with “@include *” (which, BTW, is the default if no parameter is specified) can expose the contents of every file on your local hard drive to every site you visit. And, because GM_xmlhttpRequest can use POST as well as GET, an attacker
I don’t know how new these are, but I hadn’t seen them before: Google Firefox Extensions Welcome to the Google Extensions for Firefox page. Extensions are small applications that you download and install into your Firefox browser to add new functionality. We hope you enjoy these extensions! They include an ordinary toolbar, a text message sender (U.S. only) and an auto-complete tool for the Firefox search bar.