Posts filed under ‘browsers’


IT ISN’T.  You were cruising Yahoo and you didn’t have javascript blocked.  NOTICE that this is a javascript file you have ‘requested to download’.


Never take a Firefox Update from Yahoo.  To check to see if your version of Mozilla Firefox is current, go to the ‘hamburger menu’ [three lines stacked on one another], click, go to help, go to about.  If your version of Firefox isn’t current it will automatically update.


Any other method should be regarded as suspect.  Even if you’re almost positive that the ‘update’ is genuine it cannot possibly hurt to double check.  If you don’t the results vary from minor inconvenience (removing all apps and starting fresh, getting them back one by one) to quite conceivably ushering in a virus or rootkit.


These attempts are becoming more and more frequent.  Good luck.

August 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

New Firefox

Improved security.  Go to options by clicking the ‘hamburger menu’ [the geeks call it that because it looks something like a hamburger…], click on the question mark/help, click on About.  It’s also quicker but if Mozilla is hyping it for more security it’s time to get it, now.


It is absolutely noticeably faster.  I’m going to look at how many ‘hooks’ are set, now, which I discovered was my problem with Chrome.  It was always running in the background.  No, I only see one exec file with Process Explorer (a useful tool from Microsoft/Sysinternals; not all of the tools in there work on 10 to say the least but this still does, and software gotten from there should be safe [and scanned before installing regardless]; think of Task Manager on steroids and to genius from average.

August 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Personalized Searches

Or “I want to stick with only what I know, I absolutely am not looking for anything I don’t know or have, and I certainly don’t want to know about a service or product that I haven’t just searched for, unless I want my entire search history to be kept permanently.”


The day just arrived, for me.  Do a Google, and examine the choices.  Then don’t forget to check “all” as many times as necessary, and if it’s every time–QUIT USING GOOGLE.


This is the first in an unending series of violations (think sodomy rape) gifted on us by our [Republican] Congress.  You have no right to privacy.  It is not an accident that we have the highest per capita amount of prisoners and that it will rapidly increase.


Funny story, I once thought I had prevented this from happening.


At least they’re protecting the world from threats like welchers, right?  Well, poor ones anyway.  I mean, terrorists.  [That amounts to an implicit comment on motivation in this case and I stand by it.  Through experience and research and I cannot elaborate.]


Welcher; fairly ancient slang for someone who doesn’t pay debts.  Incorrectly noted on the web except in origin; it was part of sailor slang through the mid-70s and lived on after that in the slang of certain types of criminals in certain areas.

July 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Scribefire (Firefox Extension)

Scribefire is a useful tool for posting to your blog online.  I’d forgotten I had it/considered it to be new and therefore usable in a later version.
Do I need to add that I’m using it to publish this entry?  The link process actually looks more usable than the native one on WordPress, but looks quite a bit different. 

April 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

Alternate Browsers, Freeware, Orca

Orca bears a relationship to both Firefox and Google.  It’s had something like one security vulnerability in the last year, and it’s one of the least-used browsers, mainly because there are so many of them.  You could add that each and every one of them has its own little peculiarities, too.  Orca uses little RAM, is fast to load, and lacks a lot of the built-in supposed security features of (say) IE.  You can disable Pop-ups, Sounds, Videos, ActiveX, Scripts and Java Applets as usual; there are several tab options…and you can use some Mozilla add-ons.  It’s an attractive browser and a work-in-progress.  And I am thinking about switching away from Firefox now because it is targeting more and more attention from badware writers.


You can even import favorites and that sort of thing.  Perhaps I should have mentioned that.  As far as passwords go, I would not import that kind of file but build it from scratch, just in case.  However, I am actually certifiably paranoid (part of the PTSD package) so if you want you can discount that.

[I forgot to mention that I carefully posted that using Orca.  The rendering problems I reported on about 18 months ago were not at all evident, not just on the pages of WordPress.  That is a tremendous step forward, believe it or not.  I should have added too that disabling ActiveX and so on (which are not enabled by default, necessarily, on Orca) is very easy–and may end up with some web pages that can’t be navigated except by turning them on.  There are online gaming sites were some security controls aren’t even possible (I even play on one of them, and not as ‘oregonnerd’).]

April 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

The Most Vulnerable Browser

Firefox, for now.


P.S.  Which is why I intended the review of browsers this week.  I haven’t forgotten.  I think I only have 8 installed.  The best was the freeware browser with the notepad…that led on a quick & easy search to the moniker for a hacker.  Incidentally, a recent scan turned up badware.  A trojan.  That was apparently installed courtesy of adware on the site he uses for his blog.  I was truly grateful.  I just hide it well.

April 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Conficker Test

And that most likely does it for the day.  I’m sick.


April 10, 2009 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

The New, Secure Web

I don’t know if I’ve even mentioned this before.  Theoretically, with the most modern browsers (properly patched) a truly secure site is shown by a green shading in the address bar.  There was a statement late last year that this was a false sense of security.  Now it’s been publically demonstrated.  That’s just an article about it, with links that provide some details.  The real point here is simple and single.

There ain’t no such thing.  The Web is by nature insecure.  Ideally, any computer used for actual work like writing would be insulated from the Web.  That means that you’re not going to conference, or that you’re somehow going to absolutely ensure that no one with whom you conference has access to the Web via that machine–or via another machine to which it’s connected–whether it should be connected or not.

Just an appropriate observation.  I also wonder what’s going to happen in terms of DDoS on April 1st, whether that’s an intended side-effect of a botnet receiving orders or not.  But I believe in my protectors.  The government, or somebody.


March 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment


This is a demonstration of the BitDefender tool for the current variant of that virus.  To remove it, that is.  And April Fool’s Day (All Fools Day) isn’t far away.  This is worthwhile viewing for anyone having trouble with understanding what all the to-do is about.


March 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

F-Secure  —  That’s F-Secure’s online scanner for a double-check, if you don’t trust the suite you’re using.  Works, too.


March 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

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