Firefox NoScript Addon Keeps You Safer Online

by on 08/06/2010 in Online Security Tools, Security, Security Info & Tips

We all know by now that we need to keep our internet security in high regard by doing the following; Keeping our operating systems and security programs updated. These are the prerequisites in keeping your computer and private information protected.

Unfortunately, you will need more than just a security program to keep you out of harm’s way from drive-by attacks and exploits.

Here’s a bit of advice that will provide even more security and keep you safe online. There’s a Firefox add-on called NoScript, which lets you control which websites can and cannot run JavaScript in the browser.

JavaScript is very popular, because it works in almost all browsers, and it makes the Web a lot more dynamic. There are many ecommerce websites that use JavaScript, but so do the cyber criminals. These bad guys use JavaScript to trick your browser more easily into doing something that it shouldn’t.

Cyber Criminals will add JavaScript to malicious WebPages with the intent to harm and steal personal information from users. To avoid such attacks, download and install the free Firefox add-on called NoScript. This add-on will prevent rogue antivirus programs or online attacks from popping up when you visit a website.

I recommend blocking every website and building a whitelist of trusted sites using NoScript. This is time consuming, but well worth it if you want to stay protected from any wrong doing. By doing this, you can derail most of the so-called web drive-by attacks that currently plague the Internet.

To add a website to your whitelist, go to options located in the bottom toolbar of your browser and select “Allow all this page“. See image below. You may have to select “Allow all this page” a couple of times in order to unblock everything or you can see what elements are blocked and unblock them in the options menu individually.

NoScript

Don’t only take my word for it, but even top security experts agree that Firefox is really safer with NoScript!

Surf safe!

Learn more about NoScript.

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14 Responses to “Firefox NoScript Addon Keeps You Safer Online”

  1. HackTalk

    Aug 6th, 2010

    How Private is Private Mode?…

    This was a really good post I mentioned it on my blog…

    • Frank Jovine

      Aug 6th, 2010

      I didn’t see any mention or track back, but that’s OK…. :)

  2. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog

    Aug 6th, 2010

    Thanks for the Firefox add-on it seems really useful to minimize JavaScript problems.

    All the best,

    Gera

    • Frank Jovine

      Aug 6th, 2010

      Thanks dear, I appreciate the positive energy.

  3. Andrew @ Blogging Guide

    Aug 9th, 2010

    Downloaded it. Thanks for the info. So I have WOT and this too. I really feel doubly safer. Like they always, say, if it’s Techjaws approved, it must be good.

    • Frank Jovine

      Aug 9th, 2010

      Andrew,

      It’s a good tool, but takes a little time to get used to, but once you have added all your websites in the white list, you will like it better.

      • Andrew @ Blogging Guide

        Aug 10th, 2010

        Yeah, the first time, I had to allow all this page on every website that I always visit, but, it’s worth it.

  4. Aloe Benefits

    Aug 10th, 2010

    this is an awesome post and a great security tip for us…

    thanks a lot for sharing this mate…

  5. Satyajit

    Aug 11th, 2010

    It is really a good post… :)but somecases noscript also fails…like in case of “Tabnabbing”….

    Thanks for sharing…… :)

    • Frank Jovine

      Aug 11th, 2010

      Satyajit,

      It’s not perfect, but it still works well from a security perspective.

  6. SenseiMattKlein

    Aug 15th, 2010

    Just wondering, it this really necessary on a mac? Get tired of the constant prompts.

    • Frank Jovine

      Aug 15th, 2010

      Every OS and browser is vulnerable to JavaScript. It took me a little while to finally get dialed in using NoScript.

  7. SenseiMattKlein

    Aug 27th, 2010

    Thanks Frank, are you saying that the frequency of prompts will decrease as it gets dialed in? Seems like they were constant, but I only gave it about 6 months before I got sick of them and disabled it. I have a really good anti virus, Intego. Will that help me against the JavaScript?

    • Frank Jovine

      Aug 27th, 2010

      Yes, the prompts will subside as you add the sites to your white list.