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Unwanted Plugins in Firefox

Do you want these plugins?

Is it fair that other companies can install unrequested plugins to Firefox?  It is happening right now, and there is not a lot we can do about it.  Asa Dotzler brought this topic up in one of his most recent blog posts and I do think it is an interesting debate.  The three big tech giants out there find it ok to add things to Firefox without asking me first.  Google does it.  Microsoft does it.  Even Apple does it. 

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Asa Explains Firefox 2’s Phishing Protection

It seems like a few people are either confused or trying to cause trouble when it comes to the anti-phishing tools that are built into Firefox 2. Well, thankfully to debunk any myths there might be out there, Asa Dotzler has stepped forward to clear a few things up.

Sometimes it’s easier to just make shit up than to actually research a story. That seems to be the case with the (no byline) story at Platinax Small Business News.

The article starts off by claiming that to use the phishing protection feature “properly, you have to send Google a record of every single website you visit.” Not only is this blatantly false, but even the most cursory investigation of the feature would have revealed that.

Next, the writer tries to walk the absurdity back a bit by saying that “[phishing protection] does require an explicit opt-in”. But once again he’s wrong. Users get the benefit of this feature out of the box and without any privacy issues.

+ Read More of Asa’s Explanation of Phishing Protection in Firefox 2!

Asa Dotzler’s Top 5 Extensions

When Asa makes a list, everybody listens. I have seen this post linked all over the place this morning. Since it does list some quality downloads, I have to point you in his direction as well.

I’ve had this post in draft for about 3 months now and just can’t seem to finish it. I can’t finish it because I honestly haven’t found 10 add-ons that I’ve kept installed for any length of time. Now that Robert’s posted his list, I feel like I should get mine up.

+ Find Out What Asa’s Top 5 Extension Picks Are!