I have read many tributes given to Greasemonkey on the net. It appears to be a great facility provided by Mozilla as an add-on to Firefox providing the user with personal program command flexibility.
Dealing with JS script is not for amateurs. Inserting JS scripts into Windows is tampering with the basic language of operation.
We all have sophisticated AV and Firewall systems plus a selected package of other programs to prevent contamination of our PC`s. Mine is totally clean and I like it that way. We have NoScript that protects us against script threats and here we go letting any cobbled up script walk right in by invitation. A million scripts can be pasted into Greasemonkey from anywhere on the net, from sites to Forum posts. A popular source is http://userscripts.org/.
The percentage of users who write their own scripts is infinitesimal.
Question ? How on Earth can any responsible user glibly download Greasemonkey and then start placing dubious scripts concocted by unknown John Doe`s from China to Timbuktu into their PC`s to create any kind of havoc or mayhem that the script writer desires ? The prospect seems daunting. A Malware script could wreck a system beyond repair.
Can anybody tell me why an organisation like Mozilla provides a facility that for 99% of users who know nothing about scripts, is a potentially highly dangerous one and provides a direct by-pass to all our security programs ?
I hope the answers given to this thread offer a logical explanation, because if not, then the whole matter of having a program like Greasemonkey provided by a major browser supplier is beyond belief.