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Browser Cookies 101

Browser Cookie Tutorial

I always see a lot of confusion when it comes to website cookies. What are they for? What do they store? Are they delicious? So I thought I would take today’s post as a chance to describe what a website cookie does and why you need it (or may not need it).

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Edit Saved Firefox Passwords

saved-passwordsNeed to add or edit entries in the Firefox password manager? The Saved Password Editor extension for Firefox gives you this ability. The extension allows you to enter data into the password manager database instead of replying on Firefox to do it.  It also allows you to make changes to existing entries too.  If you want full control over the passwords your browser saves, this is a great add-on to grab.

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Get a Chrome-ish Tab Page with JumpStart

JumpStart for Firefox

You can always tell when a new way of navigating through pages becomes popular, because you end up with three or four extensions for Firefox that do the same thing.  With that said, I have one more add-on for Firefox that tries to copy what Google Chrome does with its page you get on a new tab or browser window.  New Tab JumpStart does a great job at bringing Chrome’s thumbnailed pages you have seen before.  One nice feature that I haven’t seen others follow up on is the ability to permanently “pin”  page so it never goes away.  You can pickup New Tab JumpStart from the Mozilla Add-ons web site.

Think You Lost Your Firefox Bookmarks?

bookmark-backups I have had a few friend and read a few horror stories Online about people who for one reason or another have lost their Firefox bookmarks and had to start all over.  What they were not aware of is that you may not have totally lost your Firefox boomarks at all.  There are backups hidden within your PC that I bet you haven’t even checked yet.

First thing you need to do is find your profile folder for Firefox.  Depending on your operating system this may be in a different location.  If you are unsure, be sure to check out this previous post:  Where is my Firefox Profile Folder?

Once you make it in there you should see a folder named “bookmarkbackups”.  Double-click that folder, and there you have some of your saved boomkarks that you thought you had lost waiting for you to restore them.  To restore your bookmarks, you can launch Firefox, then go to “File” and then “Import”. 

Also if you want to live a little more on the dangerous side (first make sure Firefox isn’t running) you could copy one of the bookmark backups, rename it “bookmarks.html” and place it inside of your profile folder replacing the one that is not right.  As a bonus, if you need more help on how to backup Firefox using other tools – be sure to check out this previous most wanted post from the Firefox Facts archives.

Fill in Web Forms Quicker

InFormEnter

The other day, my sister said that the only reason she was using the Yahoo! toolbar with Firefox was for the auto-fill function that my brother-in-law liked.

At the time I did not know of a separate extension that would do the same thing. Well, I am happy to say after a little searching – I have found one.

The InFormEnter extension promises to save all of your important information so you can enter it into Web forms as you need or desire to.

InFormEnter adds a small, clickable icon next to every input field in a web form, from where you can select the item to be inserted – no typing required. You can configure it to display your frequently used information such as name, email, address and whatever else you want to be available from the form menu.

I might have to add this to the short list of extensions I use on a daily basis. It makes it really handy when you have a lot of Web forms to fill out.

+ Download and Install the InFormEnter Extension for Firefox!