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Firefox is a Web browser that is smaller, faster, and in some ways more secure than the Netscape browser from which much of its code was derived.

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FireFox plugin to change headers, user agent, screen size etc [on hold]

I am looking for a FireFox Plugin that can change/disable the following settings: User Agent Browser Plugin Details Other HTTP headers Timezone Screen Size System Fonts Sorry, wrong site. Please ...
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bit.ly is not safe and an attack page? [duplicate]

I click on a bit.ly link on a Youtube video and I was fronted with this. I have used bit.ly before and I entered the url manually, but Firefox came up with this. Any ideas?
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Is Firefox Password Manager less secure than LastPass?

After installing the LastPass password manager, I am presented with a login dialog including the option to "Disable Insecure Firefox Password Manager". (This option appears as long as the Firefox ...
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Does Firefox support TLS on non-standard ports? [migrated]

My presumption was that TLS 1.0+ is supported by Firefox on ports other than 443. However, a tweet crossed my path that seems to debunk this. Turns out that Firefox does not support TLS on any ...
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Do browser add-ons increase security risk due to possible vulnerabilities

A large amount of people use add-ons such as NoScript or AdBlock to avoid exploitation by malicious JavaScript from advertisments. This decreases the risk of becoming the victim of web-exploits. But ...
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Privacy of web surfing by Free gate

I am connected to the internet in the university where I don't want the administrator or any organization to find out some of the websites and contents I check in them. I'm afraid that they might ...
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How Do I Troubleshoot a Browser Hijack on a Mac?

My Mac is getting weird redirects with Safari and Chrome, however not with Mozilla Firefox. Since I cannot find software to do malware removal on Apple products or any good information, I am at a loss ...
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Steps after getting hit with malware or browser exploits on Xubuntu

Well, today I was browsing the internet and I suddenly got redirected to a chinese hosted malware site and firefox started going crazy. I checked the url on virustotal with my phone and it found other ...
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How safe are Firefox addons from official mozilla.org site?

I would like to install the Dictionary Pop-Up addon for Firefox. I usually don't install any addons, but this one looks especially tempting. I could not find any information on the Mozilla page, ...
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Xubuntu guest session security

lately I've been using the guest session on my xubuntu install because I am lazy and I was wondering what the security implications can be on the rest of the system if there is a web browser exploit ...
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How do I check if a script is safe to run?

I've been using NoScript for a couple of years now but I can't seem to figure out which scripts are safe to allow and most of the time I just temporarily allow all the scripts. Is there a way to check ...
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Is drive-by-download possible with NoScript?

I am using and getting my friends to use NoScript, and the argument I usually have to use to convince them is "It prevent website to infect you without you downloading something (by yourself)". But ...
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Firefox vs. Chrome extensions: Which are---ceteris paribus---more secure?

As an 'extension' to earlier questions on this topic (for instance here and here), What makes Firefox extensions (appear) more secure than Chrome extensions? Do they just appear to be more secure, ...
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Some http requests are not send encrypted by vpn! Why?

I subscribed to a VPN service recently, and installed wireshark to take a look at the traffic sent from my computer. Practically all of it goes through UDP protocol, encrypted. But there are two HTTP ...
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If even Apple cannot properly install certificate [closed]

I've just installed a new copy of Mozilla Firefox/29.0 SeaMonkey/2.26.1 on a new Mac with OS X 10.9.4, and I'm getting an error message in place of a webpage when trying to access ...
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How to force browsers to accepte all further SSL certificates

I am using the last versions of IE, Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers on Windows 8. How can force these browsers to accept automatically the SSL certificates of any website I will visit ? I know ...
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Preventing tracking in browsers by setting HOME directory

Following worked on Ubuntu 12.04 using chromium and firefox browsers. I ran following command on terminal for both firefox and chromium browser HOME=/tmp/tmpdir firefox Both browsers promptly ...
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Why does Firefox split HTTPS request?

I am using Firefox browser version 28.0. To access https://www.yahoo.com, I put a proxy with a self-signed certificate in between and my client PC can access the HTTPS site. I then sniffed traffic in ...
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Why deleting navigation history of firedfox is not reflected in places.sqlite file? [closed]

This file is where Firefox saves bookmarks and navigation history. I cleared the history navigation from the GUI of Firefox. I went back to places.sqlite and I found everything is still there. Why the ...
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How to sandbox Iceweasel (Firefox) on Debian? [closed]

Are there any tools for sandboxing Iceweasel (Firefox) on Debian systems? I'm mostly interested in tools distributed by Debian. (An equally trustworthy source would be second best.) (I suppose that ...
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How to harden a “dedicated” Firefox?

I want to set up an instance of Firefox to be used to access a strictly limited "white list" of websites (my bank's, my credit cards', etc.). How can I harden such an instance of Firefox to reduce ...
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How to block web-sites from viewing browsing history within firefox?

How can I block websites in Firefox from viewing my browsing history within my browser cache? For example; I've done some Google searches that Amazon is now starting to use to target advertise; the ...
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Can malware cause firefox to send GET requests?

Is it possible for a site to host malware such that if a certain page is accessed, Firefox is made to send additional GET requests? I'm seeing traffic for attacks coming from me that I haven't done. ...
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Firefox can import the .p12 format, but that contains a private key? Isnt this a security risk?

Everywhere I go, people tell me the private keys need to be kept away, possibly even locked into a safe then how come Firefox and other keystores expect you to give them a private key? Firefox is a ...
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How does the Perspective addon work?

I've just installed the Perspetive addon in firefox. When I'm vistit, for example google, Perspective says the following message: Warning: Perspectives has NOT seen this certificate consistently. ...
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Why warning sign when visiting https-website? [duplicate]

Sometimes when I visit a website using HTTPS, I get a warning sign next to the URL in my browser (see screenshot; look for yellow/orange arrow) and I wonder if this marks a potential threat or an ...
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Why did firefox remove Javascript injection on address bar?

Why did firefox remove Javascript injection on address bar? Someone said it was a security issue. What security issues could there be?
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programs or methods to review Internet browser applications for security [closed]

I've been tasked with doing a security review on a Firefox update, but we don't have any utilities that we can find. How would we go about running a security review on Firefox before pushing it to ...
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Preventing body onload xss that is injected as a request parameter

I have a rails 4.0.1 app that allows locale as a request parameter. Here is what i saw when i tested my app on firefox; ...
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Username and password stored under form data in Chrome Dev Tools

When I record the network tab in Chrome Developer Tools when logging in to my site I find that the username and password are stored in plaintext under form data. You can also find it in Safari, ...
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Surfing web anonymously on a mac using Firefox SSH and Tor [duplicate]

I want to download and upload to the internet anonymously. I have successfully configured Forefox to access internet through a secure SSH tunnel service (and remote server). I use 'SSH Tunnel Manager' ...
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If I use a good Master Password in Firefox, is security improved when I Remember Passwords instead of re-type?

In the old days I would emphasize that people should not select the remember passwords option because (besides the fact you tend to forget what the browser remembers) a bad guy could could display the ...
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I accidentally installed an adware filled Firefox [solved]

I installed Firefox using a download site, rather than the correct site. After running and installing Firefox I noticed my Chrome had an addon called swift browser added to it by a third party. After ...
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How to sign and encrypt mails using firefox

There is an option under Tools>options>Advanced>Security Devices. How to use that to encrypt and digitally signed your emails.
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Trying to verify my X509 certificate “could not verify this certificate for unknown reasons”

I have created my own X509 certificate with my own CA. I am able to import the CA certificate into Firefox, but when I try to import the user's certificates i get the following: "Could not verify ...
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Running browser as different user (in Linux)

On the ArchWiki, it is suggested, as a security measure, to run skype as a different user. My question is: would this make sense for the browser? I use firefox with NoScript and AdBlock, but also need ...
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Different SSL states as seen by Safari, Chrome and Firefox

Today, I visited some sites of the German DHL group. While Chrome and Safari complain about an invalid certificate of Firefox accepts it. Which one is right, which one is wrong? Which decision ...
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Which is a safe way to record Firefox passwords in Gnome Seahorse Keyring?

Here is a question that I asked on "AskUbuntu" and I've been suggested to ask it here: Searching for answers about ways to record Firefox passwords in Gnome Seahorse Keyring vault, I found severals ...
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how to view extension privileges in firefox

In Google Chrome, I can go to chrome://extensions/ and click "permissions" to view the permissions that an installed extension has been granted. I cannot find an equivalent in Firefox. Is there such ...
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Password management in Firefox, Chrome and Safari

I just read a couple of very interesting discussions on Chrome password security strategy. Chrome’s insane password security strategy Showing stored passwords - Tim Berners-Lee The following is how ...
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Java is running even after it is disabled [closed]

To prevent adds and pop-up that seduce users to install or download viruses I have disabled Java. But I have noticed that even with Java disables Firefox is still running it. The pop-ups are coming ...
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Comparison between Firefox password manager and chrome password manager

As a follow up to Is saving passwords in Chrome as safe as using LastPass if you leave it signed in?, I would like to know how firefox's password manager compares, if you have a master password and ...
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Configure Firefox against malicious 302 redirect from a embedded image resource?

Today my friend demonstrated such a attack. I am using RenRen, a social networking website in a way very like Facebook in China. And I saw an article he wrote. Actually there is only an "image" ...
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Are official browser add-ons really safe?

Almost any browser addon/extension that I install on my Chrome or Firefox (be it Firebug, RESTClient, ...) warns me, saying: It [the add-on] can: Access your data on all website Access ...
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How Browsers prevents Malware and Phishing attacks

I want to know how phishing and malware protection features are implemented in modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, IE etc. Are these features heuristic based, or do browsers maintain a list of ...
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Is “Fingerprint Check” enough to verify HTTPS certificates?

So I'm at place A, see this sign: and I'm writing the fingerprints to a piece of paper (this website is just an example): Ok. Then, I go to place B (other country, etc.) then I check this ...
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How do some sites detect AdBlock Plus? [closed]

For example this one disables function if AdBlock plus is detected, and it works. Is there a way to circumvent this?
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Any tool for scanning vulnerabilities in browser extensions?

I am scanning browser extensions of Chrome and Firefox for vulnerabilities. Is there any tool which would help me do this?
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Canvas and Firefox

I have received this notification on Tor Browser (Firefox). What is it?
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What should I look for when auditing a Firefox extension / plugin?

I've been asked to do a security audit on a Firefox add-on developed by a third party. I am a web developer with a reasonable grasp of JavaScript but am not a browser security expert. What kinds of ...