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Simple Password Generation for Firefox

For you system administrators, network engineers, and heck – really anybody who needs to come up with a fool proof password, I have an add-on for Firefox that will fill your needs.  The simply named pwgen – Password Generator for Firefox is a simple, yet efficient way to generate a random password on the fly.

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Once you install it, a small “P” icon will show up in your browser’s status bar.  All you have to do is click on it, and a password will be generated using the settings you have put in.  By default, the password will be shown to you and copied to your clipboard.  To change the options, all you need to do is right-click on the icon and select options.  From there you have a number of specific settings you can change, such as what the first and last characters start with, the password length, if you want to display the password or not or if you wish to copy the password to the clipboard or not.

Why use a complicated password?  Well, if a password is too short or simple, it is vulnerable to attack.  The simpler the password is, the easier time somebody will have to figure it out.  On the flip side, the more complicated the password, the harder it will be to figure out.

All in all, the pwgen – Password Generator extension for Firefox is a perfect one for those of you who may have a hard time coming up with a random mix of letters and numbers to use for your next secure password.

Webconverger – The Firefox OS

WebconvergerI have been saying for a while now that Firefox could be my operating system, due to all the Web applications I use it for. Now it looks like somebody has taken that opinion to heart and has created a live CD that will let you run Firefox and only Firefox.

Webconverger is an evolution of the hybrid client for deployments in places like offices or Internet cafes where only Web applications are used. Unlike thin or hybrid clients, Webconverger is faster and more responsive by providing a Web browser that runs locally.

I haven’t had the time to try it out myself, but I will be soon. This would be a great tool to use if you don’t want people messing up your machine, or you run a series of local machines and you need a cheap and easy way of making them usable. I am sure this might give life to an old machine too!

Check out the project, support them if you think it is good – and most of all let me know how you like it or what could be done to it to make it better. I’ll be sure to pass any feedback you have back to the developer.

+ Check Out the Webconverger Live CD!

Remember Mismatched Domains

Now I could see where the mismatched domains popup warning might be useful for some, but for me it just tends to get in my way. If you have not seen there errors in Firefox, they come up with somebody’s SSL certificate doesn’t match the domain name it is registered to.

The Remember Mismatched Domains extension for Firefox is here to save the day.

The Remember Mismatched Domains extension for Firefox and Thunderbird adds a “Don’t warn me again about this certificate for this domain” checkbox to the Domain Mismatch and Expired Certificate warning windows. When selected the domain name and security certificate domain pair (or certificate and expiration date pair) is stored in a Firefox / Thunderbird preference and the security error dialogue will be bypassed on subsequent visits.

Well now if this bugs you as much as it bugs me, you can get rid of it with the Remember Mismatched Domains extension.

Secure Google Calendar

It might be a ‘bit of a work around, but there is a way you can get a secure login for Google’s Calendar application. If you use Google Calendar, I would suggest you give this a shot for more security.

In fact, even if you change your Google Calendar bookmark URL to https, you’ll often be redirected to a plain old http connection. boo, Google! That’s why I’ve found Mark Pilgrim’s GMail Secure Greasemonkey script invaluable. It’s built to force a secure connection for GMail, but the script itself is so generic that it works for other sites.

+ Read More About Securing Google Calendar in Firefox!