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Is Ghostery safe to use?

I've heard about Ghostery, a browser extension/plugin that blocks web trackers. But according to this link it sells our data. Are add-ons and plugins open source in Firefox? Is there another ...
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What security risks does Firefox 19's built-in PDF reader (pdf.js) bring?

Firefox 19 ships with pdf.js as the default PDF reader. One of the main stated goals is to reduce the exposure of users to the often vulnerable Adobe PDF reader/plugin. So what new risks does pdf.js ...
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How secure is “Firefox Hello”?

The new "Firefox Hello" feature promises easy and safe video conversation. It is not nescessary to create an account, you simply share a link with your partner to start the conversation. The ...
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Why do Chrome extensions need access to 'all my data' and 'browsing activity'?

Often I install simple add-ons for Google Chrome. However, they almost all need what appears to me as excessive access to my data. For instance, I install an extension that allows me to click on any ...
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1answer
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Virus attached or included in VST(i) Plugin

VST Plugins are DLL files available to be put into a folder in the Music Tool which then can use this as a plugin. Does VST have a mechanism not to execute malicious code inside the dll file? Can I ...
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Will disabling the Java add-on in IE protect you from Java exploits?

Concerning the recent Java vulnerability (Should I be disabling Java?), the most common advise seems to be to disable Java plug-ins in the browser. However, Heise Security suggests that, when it ...
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1answer
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Are inactive vulnerable Wordpress plugins still unsafe?

When you install a plugin in WordPress you can choose to activate or deactivate it. Let's say you have a plugin of which the latest version is vulnerable to XSS for example and you're waiting for a ...
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Is silverlight and Java running on the web browser capable of saving “state” into the user's local machines?

I am aware that even after we have cleared our cache and cookies, websites can still save files/information into our computer using Flash (Flash ever cookies), I was wondering does other plugins like ...
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security and the well constructed Qt plugin

"All you'd have to do is build a plugin and you could completely pwn the software." I'm building an application using plugins. I think all you have to do is build a plugin and copy it into the ...
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2answers
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Can Tamper Data (the plugin) modify multipart requests?

I'm doing some testing on my web app with Tamper Data. I've had success with Tamper Data in the past for normal HTTP post requests, but in this particular case I want to modify a post request that ...
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2answers
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What could a malicious website do if you don't update Adobe Flash?

If you click on "Activate Adobe Flash" when Firefox warns that "this plugin is vulnerable and should be updated", you can still use Adobe Flash. What could a website do to you if the "plugin is ...
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1answer
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Making an encrypted SMS app (Android) [closed]

From my limited googling I've noticed that a lot of the mainstream encrypted messaging apps all are either (or a combination of!) closed-source, run through an uncontrolled third-party server, use a ...
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Detecting disabled Chrome plugins using JavaScript

My cable was on the fritz this weekend and I had to visit a friend to watch HBO online. Something weird happened that has been bothering me. I have disabled the Flash plugin on Chrome, since all ...
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How Skype Click to Call plugin is used to send spam?

My friend had Skype Click to Call plugin installed within browser on Mac OSX. And his Skype account started to send some automatic spam messages linking to lose weight websites (via goo.gl) without ...
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1answer
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FireFTP security [closed]

I've just installed the FireFTP plugin for Firefox, I have been using Adobe Dreamweaver's FTP up to now but wanted to try something different. When I opened it up and saw all of my computer's files ...
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1answer
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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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Question about the Perspectives add-on, is this dangerous?

When I visited Google and Facebook, and then clicked on the Perspectives add-on button to check the certificate information, I saw this:     What does this mean? Shouldn't it have ...
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What is Greasemonkey/Userscripts and how does it relate to IT Security?

I came across http://userscripts.org/ and learned that it is popular among web-users to install something called "Greasemonkey" to allow client side scripts to run. What are the benefits of ...
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1answer
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Open source alternatives to tamper data

I'm developing a browser(firefox) plug-in which essentially checks for malicious input. My current approach is to store all input fields sent in GET/POST requests, try to heuristically determine ...
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Will Ad Block Plus block the ads that give someone Cryptowall 2.0?

Now I already know that making sure your browser plugins are either non-existent or up-to-date is one way of being on the safe side against ransomeware like Cryptowall 2.0; but since clicking ads are ...
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1answer
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Ubuntu 12.04 server attacked using Wordpress vulnerability (plugin?) [duplicate]

Env Rackspace cloud server Wordpress 3.9.1 Ubuntu 12.04 Linux web.mydomain.com 3.2.0-67-virtual #101-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jul 15 17:58:37 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux History These may ...
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1answer
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Nessus doesn't find self-written plugins [closed]

I'm trying to write a nessus plugin. So I took an existing plugin (10056), and only added the line display("hello world"); in the appropriate section and altered the script_id to a non-existing one. ...
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How secure are ActiveX based security plug-ins?

Sometimes I have to use web sites that use ActiveX security plug-ins. The websites say that these plug-ins 1. secure the authenticity of printable certificates 2. secure overall data sent back and ...
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1answer
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w3af plugin development example [closed]

I'm new to w3af, and I would like to build my own plugin. I have searched on w3af web and googled it for some examples but no luck... Can anyone give me an example how to start building plugins or ...