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Firefox to gain support for Chrome add-ons… and lose support for legacy XUL plugins

Mozilla’s Firefox web browser has undergone some major changes in recent years. Support for unsigned extensions is being phased out. Tabs have moved to the top of the screen and settings menus hide behind a button on the right side of the screen. Overall Firefox looks a lot more like Chrome than it used to. […]

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Firefox 42 won’t support unsigned extensions

One of the things that makes Mozilla’s Firefox browser so powerful is its support for third-party add-ons and extensions that can change the look or behavior of the browser. But some extensions could also pose risks or hijack your browser. Earlier this year Mozilla announced plans to phase out support for unsigned extensions. Among other […]

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Is Mozilla building a walled garden around Firefox?

Last week over on the Mozilla blog, the Foundation announced a major change that’s coming to a future release of Firefox. In the name of security, they’re going to start requiring that all add-ons be digitally signed. Extensions that are submitted to the AMO (the official add-on repo) will be signed automatically after review. This […]

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Microsoft to crack down on malicious browser add-ons in 2015

Earlier this year Microsoft announced that it would begin cracking down on Windows software designed to hijack web browsers in specific ways. Now the company is laying out a timeline for enforcement: starting in January Microsoft’s security products will begin flagging certain types of software as “browser modifiers” or adware. Specifically, Microsoft is taking aim […]

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Google Chrome for Android is dropping LastPass auto-fill support (but gaining better security)

Google is tightening security in its Chrome web browser for Android by preventing third party apps from injecting Javascript code into the web browser. For the most part that’s probably a good thing. Unfortunately the move means that you won’t be able to use LastPass or other third-party apps to auto-fill usernames, passwords, or other […]

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Firefox for Android brings fresh content to your browser home screen

Mozilla has rolled out a new feature Firefox for Android feature that lets you place custom “panels” on your home screen. Instead of just viewing your history, frequently visited sites and reading list you can now add panels for Vimeo, Instagram, Wikipedia, or other sites. This brings pictures, video, news, or other information to your […]

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Google Chrome for Windows now blocks extension from outside the Web Store (for safety)

When Google first released the Chrome web browser one of the reasons it felt so fast was because of what it didn’t do: Unlike Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer, Chrome didn’t supports extensions or add-ons… at least not back in 2008. Over the past few years that’s changed and there are now hundreds of useful extensions […]

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Devs can now offer Google Docs add-ons, paid Chrome extensions,

Google is updating its Google Drive platform to allow developers to offer add-ons for Docs & Sheets. Meanwhile the company is also updating its Chrome Web Store policies, allowing, (among other things), for developers of browser extensions to charge for their tools. You can access add-ons for Doc & Sheets through a new add-ons menu […]

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Opera Mobile Android web browser gets extension support (experimental)

The Opera Mobile web browser for Google Android lets you surf the web with multiple browser tabs, arrange your favorite bookmarks on a “Speed Dial” home page, and sync your settings with the desktop version of the browser. Now you can also use extensions to add extra features to the web browser, thanks to an […]