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Feb. 19th, 2010

01:49 am - Comics

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From:totherme
Date:February 19th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
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I'm reading dilbert every day, and haven't had any trouble. I'm using firefox with adblock plus, which supports your theory that it's a malicious ad.

I've also started using flashblock on my mac air, because the latest versions of flash are such a resource-hog in OSX that it's easier to browse without. When I want to allow a particular flash element to play (for example, a youtube vid) it's just a single click. I mention this here because I'm aware that there are plenty of security (and privacy) issues with flash. I notice that if I turn adblock off, and visit the dilbert site, most of the ads seem to be flash ones.

Of course if you want to lock down your browser completely, there's always noscript. I don't use that myself at the moment.
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From:sammoore
Date:February 19th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)

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I use noscript with Firefox on OSX. It speeds up browsing no end as you get no flash until, as with flashblock, you click on the element you want to load. I guess I miss out on loads of ads too, although since I don't see them, I don't really know

It also allows you to whitelist domains, this time, or all time, which is useful for sites you trust and use regularly. It makes your realise how much site designers nowadays rely on javascript when you visit a site and get nothing until you white list it.

If nothing else, it feels like using a sort of x-ray vision as you get a feel what's going on 'under the hood' of the sites.
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From:totherme
Date:February 19th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)

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I haven't used noscript in a while - and might try it again at some point.

One day, I hope that my research will lead to the possibility of smarter script-analysis - so your browser will be able to selectively block the sorts of programs you want to block, and not the sort you want to see.

Maybe :)
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From:johnckirk
Date:February 19th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)

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I had trouble with another website recently (some people reported that it was spreading a virus), so I put that into my "Restricted" zone and then I noticed that embedded YouTube clips no longer worked. I'm not sure whether that's just due to the lack of scripts, or one of the other security options, but I wouldn't want to go into that mode for all websites by default.
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From:sammoore
Date:February 20th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)

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I've just added youtube.com to my whitelist that solves that problem in noscript.
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