TechCrunch reader Steve Manuel claims to have found a workaround to Firesheep, the controversial Firefox extension that allows anyone on an insecure open Wifi network to access user login info for almost every single social network in existence.
Firesheep banks on the fact that most social sites default to the HTTP protocol because it’s quicker. The already existing Firefox extension Force-TLS attempts to circumvent this by forcing those sites to use the HTTPS protocol, therefore making user cookies invisible to Firesheep.
Like the alternative option HTTPS Everywhere, the Force-TLS Firefox extension allows your browser to change HTTP to HTTPS on sites that you indicate in the Firefox Add On “Preferences” menu, protecting your login information and ensuring a secure connection when you access social sites.
MAICgregator is a Firefox extension that aggregates information about colleges and universities embedded in the military-academic-industrial complex (MAIC). It searches government funding databases, private news sources, private press releases, and public information about trustees to try and produce a radical cartography of the modern university via the replacement or overlay of this information on academic websites. This is a necessary activity in light of the contemporary financial "crisis".
A new website aims to draw increased attention to one of the web's longest-running privacy defects: The ability for any site owner to effortlessly steal a compete copy of your recent browsing history.
As we've pointed out before, the problem is as old as the world wide web itself, and unless people take precautions, it afflicts all browsers. Developers have long been aware of the problem, but have been concerned that fixing the massive privacy drawback would break other parts of the user experience.
Enter Start Panic, a website that demonstrates just how easy it is for a webmaster to detect every website contained in your browser history. When we clicked on the "Let's Start" button, it revealed 96 destinations visited in the past few weeks, many we forgot we'd even been to.
SafeHistory is a Mozilla Firefox browser extension that protects your privacy by silently defending against visited-link-based tracking techniques. It allows offsite visited links to be marked only if the browser's history database contains a record of the link being followed from the current site.
Identify is a Firefox extension that combines identities across various social network/media sites and provides you with a profile about an individual. Simply navigate to the profile page or a blog of an individual you are interested in and on Windows press Alt i or on the Mac press Ctrl i.
You may never have heard of him....but virtually every Firefox user owes a huge debt of gratitude to Rick Petnel, the man who built the best filter list for the indispensable Adblock Plus extension. He’s recently passed away after a short illness...
[EasyList] quickly became the first entry in the list of recommended filters shown after Adblock Plus is installed, and its success at picking up and blocking dozens of types of advertisement – from the simple banner ad to the more complex flash and Java creations that now litter the web – is surely part of the reasons why Firefox is both popular and enjoys a far more favourable reputation than its main rival, Internet Explorer...
One Man, One Long List, No More Web Ads
(Washington Post, June 25, 2008)
Ever wanted to have instant information about any trackers used by a website you visit? Then take a look at Ghostery, a Firefox extension that alerts you to any Web Bugs present on a site by placing a Pac-Man type icon in your status bar and providing a list of all trackers found.
Currently tracking 115 web bugs, ad networks and trackers, Ghostery is a simple extension that works by searching for patterns in the source code of pages you visit. With all the matching happening in your browser, you can rest assured it won't be grabbing your data - remember, it's been made to give you information.
We won’t mention Internet Explorer here. Nor Opera or even Google’s Chrome browser (disclaimer: I may write this post for Chrome in a few months once they have extensions available). Today, we’re going to take a look at Firefox - the browser we all are should be using.
In my endless pursuit of the ultimate productivity system, technology always seems to get in the way. Today I want to try and summarize some of the greatest productivity bits that the Firefox browser has to offer. You may be surprised that many of these don’t even require an extension!
Are you an e-Learner or a researcher? No matter if you are learning or working online or on campus, the following Firefox extensions can make your life easier. From organization to collaboration and from citation tools to complete research toolboxes, Firefox is equipped to handle your studies.
The following list of 50 Firefox extensions for e-Learning and researching are categorized. The categories are in alphabetical order and each list under those categories are listed alphabetically. We do not value one extension over another. Finally, each extension should be the most up-to-date modification that will engage with the latest version of Firefox 3.0.
Linkification converts text links into genuine, clickable links (freeware).
This Firefox extension contains many options, all of which are accessible by (1) right-clicking the status bar icon,
or (2) clicking "Tools -> Addons/Extensions" and double-clicking the Linkification entry.
The Firefox add-on Pirates of the Amazon inserts a "download 4 free" button on Amazon, which links to corresponding [Pirate Bay] BitTorrents. The add-on lowers the technical barrier to enable anyone to choose between "add to shopping cart" or "download 4 free". Are you a pirate?
...a net-art project supported by the Piet Zwart Institute and moddr_ medialab.
Site (with QuickTime/Flash video clips) experiencing high traffic.
UPDATE (5 December): ...Lawyers for Amazon.com promptly served the students’ Internet service provider with a take-down notice, and on Thursday the students complied and removed the tool.
(New York Times)
The extension is still in the wild...
[cc: it's the arts]
FireStatus is a Firefox extension that aims to be a swiss army knife for dealing with various social networks, right from your browser, without visiting any particular website. Facebook, Twitter and FriendFeed are currently supported, but more are in the pipeline. For starters, it allows you to simultaneously update your status to all or some of these services, so that all your friends see it, no matter what they are using.
FireStatus can ease the task of posting these messages or status updates, by being always available, instead of needing to have the service pages open and without a large memory footprint, like other similar applications, since it takes advantage of the fact that most people nowadays always have one browser open.
Mozilla Firefox has always been considered a “user-friendly” browser, but with all the customizable extensions, it has become probably the most “developer-friendly” browser as well. We have collected the best FFX dev scripts available...make sure you have downloaded and installed Firefox 3.0...
Firefox can be made into so much more than just a browser via its huge extension base. Yes, this means you can replace some of your instant messenger, chat and microblogging needs by adding just a few extensions. Here are 18 tools that will let you turn your Firefox 3 browser into a communications portal.
Whenever we discuss numerous Firefox add-ons, we like to remind you that we do not recommend you install ALL of them unless you like your browser slowing down.
YouTube Comment Snob filters out undesirable comments from YouTube comment threads. You can choose to have any of the following rules mark a comment for removal:
* More than # spelling mistakes: The number of mistakes is customizable, and the extension uses Firefox's built-in spell checker.
* All capital letters
* No capital letters
* Doesn't start with a capital letter
* Excessive punctuation (!!!! ????)
* Excessive capitalization
“It’s a bit spooky, innit?” said Rick Astley, the singer who made [“Never Gonna Give You Up”] famous in 1987 and who is not dead. With considerable help...[Los Angeles Times' David Sarno] tracked down Astley at his home in London last weekend. He spoke for the first time about the phenomenon called Rickrolling...
Over the last year or so, Astley has watched with puzzled amazement as “Never Gonna Give You Up” has been mocked, celebrated, remixed and reprised, its original music video viewed millions of times on YouTube, all by a generation that could barely swallow its Gerber carrots when the song first topped the pop charts.
“I think it’s just one of those odd things where something gets picked up and people run with it,” Astley said. “But that’s what brilliant about the Internet...”
Includes links to segments of audio interview (Flash).
, a Firefox extension that turns YouTube videos into Rick Rolls.
[cc: the wired, blogs & zines]