mzilla2000

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Name mzilla2000
User since October 1, 2008
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My Reviews

Small Screen Renderer

Useful Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Small Screen Renderer gives me a starting point for trying to figure out how to make my pages compatible with mobile devices. I would have given it 5 stars except the small-screen-view page reverts back to normal full-size view after every refresh/reload of the page, and you have to keep going back up into the menu and re-selecting the "small screen" view. At least that is the behavior on Linux, I dunno about other OS's. Maybe it would be better to have a user-settable option to keep the page in small-screen view until the user specifically tells it to go back to regular view? I suppose the author made it the way it is, to keep people from freaking out (in case they forgot (?) they'd set it to small-screen view, or forgot how to change it via the menu), but it's slightly inconvenient when making changes to a page's code and reloading it to see how it displays. I guess it's not a big deal... more like a half-star demerit, so if this website would let me rate it at 4-and-a-half stars, that would be better :)

NoScript Security Suite

I feel safer with NoScript Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Just to update my previous review of a couple of years ago - I'm still using NoScript and I still think it's excellent.

I feel much safer using NoScript, than surfing without it.

It lets you fine-tune which sites' scripting you want to allow, instead of just all-on or all-off.

I didn't have any trouble figuring out how to use NoScript, well the basic functions anyway... as others have said, recently NoScript has acquired some advanced features that I don't know exactly what they are, so if in doubt I usually leave them turned off, for now anyway. I suppose I could go to the author's website and read up on it - he surely must have some info there, one would presume, but I haven't got around to it yet... I suppose that's one of the disadvantages of my unchecking the little checkbox for "Display the release notes on updates", is that now I don't automatically know what exactly has changed from one update to the next, unless I go specifically looking for the info which I suppose I should, but it's not one of my high priorities.

NoScript has an "Export" button and an "Import" button, so you can back-up and restore your settings anytime you choose. You can export/import your backup file to any location of your choosing, and you can name the file whatever you want to make it easy for you to recognize later.

Also, as others have said, NoScript is one of the main reasons I use Firefox... well, NoScript and the other add-ons listed below too :)

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- Firefox 3.6.x on Linux.
- NoScript plays nicely with the other add-ons I use:
- The add-ons I have installed are, in alphabetical order: NoScript, RequestPolicy, Small Screen Renderer, User Agent Switcher, and WebDeveloper.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (2.0.8.1).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.

RequestPolicy

Excellent, a "must-have" for security-conscious people. Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I think RequestPolicy is a "must have" add-on for anyone who is at all security-conscious.

Without RequestPolicy, it's amazing how a simple-looking website can actually be connecting you to a whole bunch of other sites too, sometimes undesirable sites that you have *no* idea about and not the type of site that you'd actually knowingly click on.

But with the RequestPolicy add-on installed, you get advance warning and you can decline to allow those sites on a case-by-case basis. Or, you can opt to allow whichever sites are necessary to make the main site work right.

You can choose to make those settings permanent, so that the next time you visit that site, the site will in all likelihood "just work" without having to go through the whole process again.

Or, if for some reason you don't want to keep permanent records (anywhere) of the sites you visit, you can opt to make the RequestPolicy settings temporary and then when you're done visiting that site, you can "revoke" the settings for that particular site.

RequestPolicy has an easy-to-use "Export" button which lets you save a backup copy of your RequestPolicy settings to a file at a location of your choosing. You can name this file whatever you want - I put a date on mine for easier future reference. Then, at some future time, you can click the RequestPolicy "Import" button and select whichever of your backup files you want, to restore Request Policy's settings to that previous state. I used the "Import" button recently after I installed a new version of Linux and new version of Firefox, and it worked really great - instead of having to go through the trial-and-error process of the various websites I visit, I just clicked "Import" and voila, there were all my settings, restored and ready to use. :)

True, you need a bit of patience sometimes when first visiting some new sites, especially the way some websites nowadays try to connect you to so many other things. Sometimes those things are necessary to make the site work, and sometimes they're not. It can take a bit of trial-of-error to figure out exactly which additional sites you need to allow to make some poorly-designed irritating website work correctly. That said, the worst that can happen is that you'll have to make a few extra clicks and take a few seconds to decide *which* sites to allow (that's where the trial-and-error part comes in) - but it's not *that* much hassle, really. Well worth it, considering that it allows you to (in my opinion) keep your computer safer by having the option to not connect to sites that you didn't actually click on, unless you specifically allow them.

RequestPolicy probably isn't something that the stereotypical techno-phobic senile grandma could handle, but for the rest of us, I highly recommend it.

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- Firefox 3.6.x on Linux.
- RequestPolicy plays nicely with the other add-ons I use:
- The add-ons I have installed are, in alphabetical order: NoScript, RequestPolicy, Small Screen Renderer, User Agent Switcher, and WebDeveloper.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.16). 

NoScript Security Suite

Finally tried it - great! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've had people recommend this thing (NoScript) to me for a long time now, and I didn't used to think I needed it, since I always just completely turned off Javascript using the Firefox preferences, unless needed. However, there is one website that I now visit on a regular basis , that requires Javascript - that website also loads Javascript stuff from another domain, some sort of tracking website I guess (I noticed the domain showing up in the browser's bottom-bar-thingie) which sometimes take a long time to load (and I have a fast internet connection too). Maybe there's some other way to block that - I suppose I could have just banned that other domain using my firewall's (I know that would work, but it seemed overly complicated and I didn't necessarily want it banned *permanently* anyway, and accessing that part of the firewall requires Admin privileges and I don't ordinarily run as Admin, certainly not while surfing), or maybe there is some more elegant Firefox way of doing that which I haven't discovered yet (already been through the Firefox prefs; maybe I missed it - a possibility) - but that was the reason I finally decided to give NoScript a try, to see if I could easily/quickly block that stupid non-necessary offsite script stuff yet still access the pages that I wanted.

Well, I've been quite pleasantly surprised by NoScript! I like that I can temporarily and *easily* and *quickly* allow/disallow specific sites as needed, and I was incredibly surprised at how *many* other (unnecessary) sites that some pages will try to load... so I can *ban* them now! Haha! :)

Things load faster now, and I feel that NoScript helps the user to feel like they're in the driver's seat and that they have some control of what's going on in their browser, instead of just taking whatever cr@p that a website tries to throw at the user.

In summary, despite having previously avoided *all* add-ons (including NoScript and all other add-ons too) for a long time, now that I've finally tried NoScript, I am pleased with it. It has been working fine for me. In fact, if I continue to be as happy with NoScript as I am right now, I will probably donate a few $ to the author if I can overcome my paranoia about using PayPal, or maybe there is some other way to donate, I don't know (I'll ask later). Anyway, I haven't yet found anything annoying about NoScript, and it seems to work fine.

I have never used Flash nor have I ever tried to watch video stuff online (partly paranoia and mostly it's just that I have an incredible lack of interest in that sort of thing), and I have no intention to start doing any of that either, so I can't say how NoScript works with that. But for all the sites that I do visit, it's great :)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.8.1.3).