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Experimental Firefox “No More 404s” feature shows archives versions of missing web pages

The web works best when nothing is ever deleted: because nobody likes clicking on a link to a website that no longer exists. But sometimes companies go out of business, servers crash, or the person responsible for publishing something to the web has second thoughts. But future versions of Firefox may help you put the […]

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Google Docs and Sheets for Android now supports add-ons

It’s been more than two years since Google added support for add-ons to its web-based Docs and Sheets office suite, allowing you to integrate third-party tools to sort sheets, add fonts to documents, create forms, merge labels, use additional types of charts, and more. Now Google Docs and Sheets for Android also supports add-ons. There […]

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Mozilla releases Firefox OS 2.5 with support for add-ons

Firefox OS is an operating system designed around the same technologies used in the Firefox web browser. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that the latest build of Firefox OS adds one of the key features of the web browser: support for add-ons. Mozilla has released Firefox OS 2.5, and among other changes, the new […]

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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 […]