Add-Ons

2016 Thunderbird Releases

It has been a while since I have had a chance to update this site. Here are the most recent Thunderbird Releases: 45.0.0 — April 12th, 2016* 38.7.2 — April 4th, 2016 — Disabled Graphite font shaping library 38.7.1 — March 25th, 2016 — Disabled Graphite font shaping library 38.7.0 — March 14th, 2016 — Various security fixes 38.6.0 — February 16th, 2016 — Addressed couple behavior issues 38.5.1 — January 7th, 2016 — Introduced new SHA-256 signing certificate (Windows Only) * Thunderbird 45 currently available for download only (no update) as of April 12th, 2016. Users will likely be offered the update in the next few days.

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Get Secure: 5 Firefox Addons For Serious Password Management

I have this page bookmarked so I don’t have to make them up even.Quick and easy to use. [Norton Identity Safe Password Generator] “Passwords are the Achilles heel of your online privacy and security. Presently, passwords are the essentially the only way to access online accounts and with the diversity of login information to keep track of, the average user has to manage an arsenal of safe passwords. However, coping with dozens of complicated character strings isn’t a task that needs to be done manually. There are many tools that can assist you in managing our passwords and the most…

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Firefox News

Yes, it has been a while since The Guru has posted non-release news. Here’s some Firefox news from the past month. Firefox for iOS adds Security Features (The Mozilla Blog)- Changes to the Firefox Password Manager now allow iPhone/iPad users to add a 4-Digit password to the password manager for extra security. Inviting Conversation (Mitchell’s Blog) – Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Foundation Chair is looking to invite conversation about the Open Internet, Mozilla and Mozilla’s mission in a series of upcoming less “official” blog posts. Shipping Some Firefox Features Outside of the Release Cycle (Mozilla Future Releases) – Now new bloat features will be introduced more often and…

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NoScript Beginner’s Guide

I won’t leave home without it. “This NoScript Beginner’s Guide has been designed to provide new Firefox or NoScript users with information on how the browser add-on works. I have published a guide for regular users in 2014 which you may find useful as well.“NoScript is a long standing security add-on for Firefox that is rated highly on Mozilla AMO and quite popular with more than 2.3 million users.“It is often confused with ad-blockers, and while it does that to, it is much more than that and the ad-blocking is more of a side-effect of the extension’s functionality than something…

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Oracle will soon lay the Java browser plug-in to rest

“Now that Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari stopped or will soon stop supporting NPAPI web plug-ins*, Oracle thought it best to accept the Java plug-in’s fate and let it go. The company has announced that it will be deprecated in the next version of Java to come out on September 22nd before being removed entirely by another future release …” Source: EngadgetMore  Oracle will soon lay the Java browser plug-in to rest

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Add-ons for a Better YouTube Experience

“From blocked videos to annoying ads, there are many things about YouTube we don’t like. These restrictions and distractions only dampen the amazing experience that the video-sharing website is meant to provide. If you are a Firefox user, however, you won’t have to worry about such things. Firefox offers a variety of add-ons that let you fix pretty much any annoyance that YouTube has. Furthermore, they also let you download videos right to your desktop so that you can watch them whenever you want, even without a connection.“So, without much ado, here are some of the best Firefox add-ons that…

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Using extensions in Firefox

Looks like I got caught assuming again. I’ve been using FF for a long time and the primary reason has been the extensions/add-ons therefore everyone uses it for that reason. Gizmo’s posted a how-to for the add-ons today and caused me to rethink that assumption. “… Counting the number of Firefox installations from which the foundation receives this anonymously submitted data, Mozilla staff estimates that around two in five users don’t have add-ons installed on their Firefox browser. …” Source: Softpedia Mozilla: 40 Percent of Firefox Users Don’t Have Add-Ons Installed “Firefox has tons of useful add-ons that can make your…

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Sneaky Adware

“The two PUPs are Shell&Services and Mintcast 3.0.1. These are browser add-ons for Firefox, Chrome, and IE, and are generally installed without the user’s consent, packaged with other software.“These two come with a newer variant of the Mintcast adware, which, besides injecting ads inside the user’s browser while navigating legitimate websites, also secretly turns off Safe Browsing support in Firefox. …” Source: SoftpediaMore  Adware Sneakily Turns Off Firefox Safe Browsing

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HTML5 Netflix now supports Firefox

As we reported earlier, on December 17th NetFlix has started offering HTML5 videos for Firefox users. While this not a big deal for the Win32 users as they could still use Silverlight with Firefox, this is not the case for the Firefox Win64 users. The newly released Win64 Firefox browser does not support NPAPI plugins (except Flash). Note: Silverlight is planned on being supported with the upcoming Win64 version of Firefox 44. However, by the end of 2016 Mozilla plans on removing support for the very outdated NPAPI plugins (except Flash) from Win32 and Win64 versions of Firefox. Google Chrome ended support earlier this…

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