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Old 12-21-2008, 10:05 AM   #1
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Do you guys recommend FF extension like: NoScript, Flashblock, AdBlock Plus w/ Linux?


(solved) I can see quite obviously why those are a good idea using Firefox under windows, but are they really worth the inconveniences that they impose using Linux ?

Last edited by brjoon1021; 12-22-2008 at 10:24 AM. Reason: solved, or at least well informed now
 
Old 12-21-2008, 10:17 AM   #2
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What inconvenience? Adblock works quietly in the background and Flashblock just requires you to click the icon to enable particular flash items - though with a fast download speed, Flashblock is less required.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 10:20 AM   #3
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I don't use any of these things.

Some of what you are talking about is independent of the choice of OS---eg people are going to throw ads at you no matter what.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 10:27 AM   #4
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Nah, no problem at all. What you see in the browser is irrespective of OS, be it Linux or Windows. If you think you have some inconvenience you must have some other problem there.

I use these extensions already on my Linux http://www.imgx.org/pfiles/13143/addons.png
 
Old 12-21-2008, 12:05 PM   #5
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To be honest, Adblock may be the only thing stopping me from pulling the plug on my Internet connection. Whenever I use a browser that doesn't have Adblock, I'm horrified at how much crapola is jammed into websites. Between Adblock and Noscript, the Internet is finally usable again.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 12:28 PM   #6
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You're kidding, right? Far from adding inconvenience, these things make net use much MORE convenient by removing all the useless garbage that bogs down page downloads and throws up stupid popup windows and clutters up pages to the point of unreadability. having to occasionally bypass the blocking to see something I want is a small price to pay for cleaning up all that crud. I now dread the very idea of having to use a browser that didn't at least have some form of adblocking available!

Also, just because Linux is more secure than Winblows doesn't mean that some exploit might not appear someday. Better safe than sorry.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 01:14 PM   #7
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Also, just because Linux is more secure than Winblows doesn't mean that some exploit might not appear someday. Better safe than sorry.
Exactly. There's no need for root or whatever else exploits with all the cross-site scripting still going on.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 06:07 PM   #8
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@brjoon1021: I would feel really weird surfing the Web without NoScript. There have been many times when vulnerabilities present in Firefox were prevented from being exploited thanks to NoScript. There are many times when Firefox vulnerabilities aren't Windows-specific.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 07:15 PM   #9
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NoScript, AdblockPlus, Flashblock and Customize Google are gotta have extensions.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 09:36 PM   #10
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Browser security in a Linux enviornment.

  1. Linux is less likely to be targeted for botnet recruitment. Distributed malware = null void in a linux enviornment.
  2. I find AdBlock & Flashblock redundant when using NoScript. Depeneding on the user and skill level would dictate which of these add-ons would work best for the individual.
  3. Some web enviornments ironically only function when using NoScript (e.g. Warez Universe). Not condoning Warez just stating an example of an enviornment where there is limited functionality without NoScript due to backend technologies.
  4. Datamining, tracking (cookies) are topics sometimes overlooked. Port over SpywareBlaster definitions to Linux.
  5. Other areas of interest for blackhat activities. (passwords, XSS, form field data extraction (e.g. Browser Keylogger)
  6. 100% security is an illusion. Taking steps to create a security architecture for a browser is feasible.
  7. Attacks mentioned in [5.] are not OS dependent so Windows, Linux, Unix and MAC can all be targeted.
  8. What about threats in the wild that are unknown?

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Old 12-21-2008, 11:21 PM   #11
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I find AdBlock & Flashblock redundant when using NoScript.
I kinda do too. I mean, the amount of annoying ads which are displayed wile using NoScript is really minute IMHO.

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What about threats in the wild that are unknown?
Indeed, this is something which NoScript helps a lot with. If you go through the list of Firefox vulnerabilities, you'll find plenty which were a non-issue for people using NoScript, even before Mozilla released patches.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 12:55 AM   #12
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I use privoxy for ad blocking and general annoyance filtering. I use noscript on firefox for obvious reasons; between them I am not bothered except when I visit sites where I have to turn on scripts. Using noscript, I can turn them on one by one, thus following the minimalist permissions philosophy.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 10:24 AM   #13
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solved

(solved) thanks guys
 
Old 12-22-2008, 05:33 PM   #14
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(solved) I can see quite obviously why those are a good idea using Firefox under windows, but are they really worth the inconveniences that they impose using Linux ?
Adblock plus is useful everywhere that supports it. The web non-users see and the web users see is completely different. I personally can't imagine living without it in Windows or Linux. The only reason I like it better than NoScript is that a lot of the pages I frequent break with no script, they don't break with adblock plus.

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