Howto: Register Firefox Portable as the default Windows browser

by File in: firefox

Ramesh has written some instructions detailing how to register Firefox Portable as the default browser for Windows XP and Windows Vista. He uses a utility called DefaultBrowser to define the default browser in XP, and uses a tool called RegisterFirefoxPortable to do the same in Vista. This is pretty slick, something I’ve been thinking about doing for […]

CMU announces free Firefox add-on to increase browser security against DNS flaw and digital signature problems

by File in: browser add-ons, security

Carnegie-Mellon University is making available a free add-on for Firefox 3.0 that’s intended to increase browser security. The Firefox add-on was developed at the university’s School of Computer Science and College of Engineering and is available for free download. The Perspectives software not only protects Firefox users against attacks that might occur because of the recently disclosed […]

Recommendations for securing Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari web browsers

by File in: security

Cert has a document that show some specific steps you can take to secure your Internet web browser.  Detailed instructions, including screen shots are provided, along with explanations of what you are configuring and what the potential ramifications are. The document focuses on IE, Firefox, and Safari and includes supplemental reference links to additional content.  They […]

Viewing Firefox’s Super Cookies

by File in: firefox, utilities

Pascal has a nice short post on Firefox’s “super cookies” and the information contained inside the browser’s DOM storage. He does a nice job describing comparing Adobe’s Flash local storage to this storage technology, and gives examples of how to view this data using sqlite3 in Unbuntu. If you’re running Windows, you can try the […]

Major Websense Content Filter Bypass Vulnerability

by File in: firefox

I almost missed this Websense vulnerability, since it was published 12-21-2007, while I was on vacation. I’ve verified it works on one of my client’s networks using Firefox Portable, Websense 6.1.1, ISA Server 2004 Standard, and User Agent Switcher 0.6.10. Mr HinkyDink, who discovered the issue used Websense 6.3.1, so I’m sure other Websense […]

Howto: download a web browser from Windows when your web browser doesn’t work

by File in: howto, Windows

Suppose your Windows machine has a broken Internet Explorer – How are you supposed to get online to download patches and utilities to fix the problem? Use the built-in Windows FTP tool to download Firefox from a mirror site! This was found on the SANS Internet Storm Center web site: To start FTP, click Start […]

Improving the Firefox experience with CustomizeGoogle

by File in: browser add-ons

CustomizeGoogle is a great Firefox extension I’ve recently started using. It does exactly what the name suggests by allowing the user to set many Google related preferences. Check out the two minute movie that shows how easy it is to install and configure. The CustomizeGoogle web site describes the extension as “CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox […]

Howto: Thwart Internet Browser Third Party Cookies

by File in: howto

According to Wikipedia, “HTTP cookies, sometimes known as web cookies or just cookies, are parcels of text sent by a server to a web browser and then sent back unchanged by the browser each time it accesses that server. HTTP cookies are used for authenticating, tracking, and maintaining specific information about users, such as site […]

Firefox 2.x and excessive memory consumption

by File in: browser add-ons, diagnostics, extension, firefox

I usually have a lot of tabs open in Firefox while I work. I’ve noticed (as have many others) excessive memory consumption by the browser at times. Right now firefox.exe is using 121,484K with only 9 tabs open. I rebooted first thing this morning, and I’ve had Firefox running for only about four hours. Most […]