Tip of the Week: Jumpstart your old Firefox extensions

By Julio Franco
Jul 22, 2009
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  1. While 3.5 has brought a boost in speed, Firefox isn’t the fastest Web browser around. It isn’t the most secure browser either, nor is it the most used. Firefox’s entire appeal is based on the fact that you can build it as you care to. More than any other, Firefox is customizable. That being the case, it’s a bummer when major revisions come along and “break” all of the add-ons you depend on.

    This week's tip: Jumpstart your old Firefox extensions
    http://www.techspot.com/guides/178-jumpstart-firefox-addons/
  2. It's quite clear that you use Firefox, no need to mention that. Maybe you should try some other browsers so you can properly "comparativily" speak.
  3. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Up until now, I have always thought Firefox was the most secure.:eek: If you say it isn't, I have to take your word for it. Firefox probably was the most secure at some point, but maybe as it gained popularity, it lost that title.
    Is it safe to ask which browser is the most secure?
  4. syde

    syde Newcomer, in training Posts: 131

    Even though I prefer the interface of Firefox due to the ability of being able to customize just about everything Google Chrome is currently the most secure Web browser in regards to security when it comes to default settings. However, however:

    If you use these addons for firefox:

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

    Noscript
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722

    with these 2 addons I find security amazing and you have the resources to control everything via browser control.
  5. z0k!

    z0k! Newcomer, in training Posts: 70

    is there a way to save ur library of extensions somewhere and then import it to a fresh copy of firfox,say another computer or after an OS reinstall?
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 6,444   +269

  7. z0k!

    z0k! Newcomer, in training Posts: 70

    many thanks!
  8. Just beware the Rube Goldberg restore routine for that otherwise fin extension that FEBE is.

    ><(((°>
  9. bwchato

    bwchato Newcomer, in training Posts: 53

    been there,done that,and went back to Firefox
  10. The profile restore function in FEBE 6.2 (http://customsoftwareconsult.com/extensions/febe/febe.html#febe6.2.0) has been re-written. It should now be much easier to understand and use. No need for the Firefox profile manager to get directly involved.
  11. I really have to take exception with the comment that firefox is not the most secure, nor the most widely used. Where do you get your information? I know you're supposed to be the expert, but when firefox set the Guinness world book of records for downloads, I have to wonder where you have been for the last year?
  12. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 6,444   +269

    Most widely used is still Internet Explorer by a wide margin. Most secure is open to dispute but in general terms Firefox is no longer considered the most secure given other more "obscure" browsers like Opera and Chrome.
  13. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Google Chrome is the last browser on my list I would consider the safest considering that Google is constantly watching over your shoulder, or is it my own personal feeling. Since this quote came from you, I tend to reconsider, where am I going wrong with my thinking?
     
  14. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Any software that gains popularity also gains popularity with the 'wrong crowd' For example there is Adobe Acrobat, which has security issues, and then there is Foxit, which has none.


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