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Firefox Extensions: Noscript, Adblock, Adblock Plus Questions


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#1 bloomcounty

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 02:24 PM

I'm planning on starting to use some basic Firefox security extensions with Firefox 2.0.0.6. I've only used FireFTP in the past as an add-on, but I am looking at also using NoScript and either Adblock or Adblock Plus.

NoScript
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722
http://noscript.net/

Adblock

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10
http://adblock.mozdev.org/

Adblock Plus

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865

Adblock Plus Element Hiding Helper
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4364

1. Any general thoughts on using those things? Anything to make sure of, security-wise, etc.?

2. And more specifically, what's the difference between Adblock and Adblock Plus? Which is better/safer to use? (I'm thinking that Adblock Plus might be better? Hey, it's got "plus" in the title! ;) )

Please keep in mind I am a newbie/layman when giving explanations... :flowers:

Thanks for the help! :thumbsup:
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#2 jgweed

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 06:51 PM

I have only had experience with NoScript, although I use other Ff extensions all the time.
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#3 bloomcounty

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 07:29 PM

I have only had experience with NoScript, although I use other Ff extensions all the time.


Did/do you like NoScript? Any issues with it? Easy to use?

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 07:46 PM

It's very easy to use, and functions automatically with notifications of its actions, and provides frequent updates.
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Posted 07 August 2007 - 03:32 AM

I've been using AdBlock Plus for over a year, and I've seen maybe 3 ads. It works great, and it's easy to block anything that you do see. Plus, when you add an ad to your block list, you can use * as a "wild card." For example, if "www.cleepingbomputer.com/ads/banner.gif" was an ad, you could add "www.cleepingbomputer.com/ads/*" as a filter, and it would block everything from that website's "ads" folder, or "www.cleepingbomputer.com/*" and it would block everything from that site.

Be sure to download the Adblock Plus Filterset.g Updater. It keeps your Adblock Plus synched with a very large list of known and blocked sites/ads, saving you lots of right clicking. (I think ABP lets you subscribe to something similar when you install it, but I know that Filterset.g has done me a lot of good) There are a couple of complaints out there about it blocking something that you might actually want to see, but I'm all over the Web and I haven't missed anything yet.

Don't know much about plain ol' AdBlock. Like you said, hey, it's plus, right? It's gotta be better!

I guess it should be pointed out that some people have ethical objections to ABP. One webmaster on the extension's page comments that it's stealing, since advertisers pay for space that keeps the site going. I say that may be, but when something as huge as MySpace has animated banners with sound and no way to disable them or what basically amounts to porn, I don't have to put up with it. Not exactly stealing. Besides, it's akin to fast forwarding through commercials on TiVo. Instead of claiming it's wrong on a moral basis, networks just developed different (read: more invasive and annoying) advertising methods.

But, I digress. I recommend ABP highly. Enjoy your faster, cleaner Internet! :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 10:48 AM

Thanks for the reply! A couple questions, if you don't mind...? :flowers:

I've been using AdBlock Plus for over a year, and I've seen maybe 3 ads. It works great, and it's easy to block anything that you do see. Plus, when you add an ad to your block list, you can use * as a "wild card."


1. So you just right click on an ad and then add it to the blocked list?

2. To add the wild card, you're able to actually physically go into the list and add that?

3. Is there a tutorial for the program with the basics and how to do the stuff you describe?

Be sure to download the Adblock Plus Filterset.g Updater. It keeps your Adblock Plus synched with a very large list of known and blocked sites/ads, saving you lots of right clicking. (I think ABP lets you subscribe to something similar when you install it, but I know that Filterset.g has done me a lot of good)


4. This may sound like a dumb question, but to verify -- there's nothing unsafe about doing that, is there? Are you basically allowing Firefox to check/download stuff from that site on its own? Or how does that work?

5.
Do you also use Adblock Plus Element Hiding Helper? Is that maybe the thing that allows you to add the "wild card"?

Looking foward to hearing back -- thanks! :thumbsup:
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Posted 07 August 2007 - 10:55 AM

I would echo what Bueno said, but also add that I have been using no script and adblock plus for a while on all my computers. Never had any issues, and thanks to AdBlock...internet browsing is wonderful....It kicks! Nobody should be surfing without it.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 07:27 PM

I would use Adblock Plus, Adblock Filterset.G Updater, Noscript, and Customize Google.

1 & 2. You right click on an ad and choose "Adblock Image..." The site may just load another image in it's place. That's where the wildcard comes into play. When you click on "Adblock Image..." you get another window that shows the address of the picture you are blocking. You have to manually edit the address from "http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/style_images/1/tile_back.gif" to "http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/style_images/*" if that's what you want to block.

3. A quick search only found this. It isn't very comprehensive and it's a bit outdated but it's better than nothing.

4. You're allowing Adblock Plus Filterset.g Updater to add to the list of blocked ads; it's generally safe.

5. I haven't used that but that doesn't mean you can't give it a whirl!




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