Tag Archive for ‘Firefox’

Laboratory, a Firefox Add-on for Generating Content Security Policies ➝

I got on a kick of implementing security-related headers on Initial Charge this week. Most of these were fairly easy to add, simply copy and pasting some code from various tutorials into my .htaccess file and then testing. But Content Security Policy was a major pain. It essentially tells the browser what content is allowed to run on webpages and where it can load that content from.

This add-on made the process much easier. Once installed, I opened the add-on’s menu, enabled recording of my site, then browsed to every type of page I could think of — on the front-end and the backend. The add-on kept a running tab on all the different types of content loaded and where it was loaded from. Then I grabbed the markup provided from within the add-on’s menu and added it to the site’s .htaccess file.

I’m using some declarations that are considered unsafe, notably the ability to run inline JavaScript and CSS. But now that I have the header implemented, I can go through the process of adjusting that content to run from safer sources and then change my security headers accordingly.

➝ Source: addons.mozilla.org

Mozilla Acquires Pocket ➝

Dan Frommer, reporting for Recode:

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, is buying Pocket, the read-it-later service, for an undisclosed amount. Pocket, which is described by Mozilla as its first strategic acquisition, will continue to operate as a Mozilla subsidiary. Founder Nate Weiner will continue to run Pocket, along with his team of about 25 people.

When companies like this are acquired, there’s always promises that nothing will change for the worse, but we all know it rarely ends well. I hope Pocket is able to buck that trend and continue as a standalone service for the long haul rather than turn into just a feature built into Firefox.

Firefox to Start Blocking Flash Content in August ➝

Sebastian Anthony, reporting for ArsTechnica:

Firefox will begin retiring Adobe Flash on August 2 with the release of Firefox 48. In 2017, probably with Firefox 53, Flash plug-ins will require the user to actively click-to-play.

First we learned that Google Chrome was going to begin phasing out Flash later this year and now Firefox is following in their footsteps. This is a trend I can get behind.

Opera Browser Sold to a Chinese Consortium for $600 Million ➝

I was a huge fan of Opera in the mid-2000s, but I probably haven’t touched the browser in over five years. I’m not surprised they had to sell — the writing’s been on the wall for a while. There just isn’t much room for them when Chrome and Firefox make up nearly 90% of the market.

Firefox for iOS ➝

In case you’re into that sort of thing.

How to Switch to DuckDuckGo

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo as my default search engine for several months and haven’t looked back. It has !Bangs, an incredible attitude towards privacy, and a ton of other great features. DuckDuckGo offers a better search experience without all the creepiness that comes with using the alternative. If you spend just a few days using it full time, I’m certain you’ll be happy with it.

And, the best way to give it a try is by making it the default search engine in your browser of choice. Below, I’ve detailed the steps necessary for switching to DuckDuckGo in iOS, Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox. If you have any questions or comments regarding the guide, don’t hesitate to contact me.


DuckDuckGo iOS

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Safari
  3. Tap Search Engine
  4. Choose DuckDuckGo



  1. Open Safari Preferences
  2. Click on the Search tab
  3. Choose DuckDuckGo from the Search Engine options

Google Chrome


Chrome Manage Search Engines

DuckDuckGo Default Chrome

  1. Visit DuckDuckGo.com
  2. Right click in the search box
  3. Choose Add as Search Engine
  4. Change Keyword to “ddg.gg” and click OK
  5. Open Chrome Preferences
  6. Under Search, click Manage Search Engines
  7. Find DuckDuckGo under Other Search Engines
  8. Click Make default


Firefox DuckDuckGo

  1. Click the hamburger button and choose Preferences
  2. Open the Search tab
  3. Choose DuckDuckGo from the Default Search Engine drop down menu

Mozilla Finally Plans to Bring Firefox to iOS ➝

Remember when people used Firefox? Those were the days.

On Mozilla and Firefox ➝

Dave Winer:

Mozilla does not have our attention because they aren’t doing anything worth paying attention to.

His argument is that browsers have reached the end of their development lifecycle — they’re aren’t any more features left to add that anyone wants. And, I think he’s right, for the most part. The frequency at which new, “must-have” features are being added to browsers is much lower than it was five years ago. Going forward there might only be one great new feature every few years. In the meantime browser makers need to take what they already have and make it faster and more stable. Unfortunately for Mozilla, I haven’t seen anything worth switching over since I started using Safari full time about a year ago.

(Via Daring Fireball.)