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  1. Browse the web, scroll, search, manage tabs, using keyboard shortcuts with the Vim Vixen extension for Firefox Have you tried using keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse whenever possible? It can make you work more efficiently, especially in browsers and text editors that support a huge number of shortcuts. Vim users may know what I'm talking about. Vim Vixen is a keybinding extension for Firefox that offers Vim-like shortcuts. It not only introduces shortcuts to several options (not present by default in Firefox), but also simplifies some existing shortcut combinations. Tip: Firefox users may check out Vimium-FF which offers similar functionality. For e.g. normally, to reopen a closed tab, we use Ctrl + Shift + T. Vim Vixen lets you do the same with a single key, U. There is no interactive tutorial available, but there is some documentation that you can go through on the project's page. The keyboard shortcuts are common across most Vim-like extensions (refer to the end of the article for the names). So, if you are familiar with one of these, chances are you can switch over to another seamlessly. To scroll down a page, use the j key, to scroll up hit k. Scroll down half the page with Ctrl + U or Ctrl + D. The list of basic shortcuts are displayed on the add-on's page. I recommend using it as a cheat-sheet until you get used to it. Vim Vixen replaces some existing shortcuts. For e.g. Ctrl + F will not bring up the "Find in page" option, nor will Ctrl +B bring up the Bookmarks bar. Instead, these shortcuts are used for scrolling a page by the screen. So, how do you search for text on the page? Tap / and a command bar appears at the bottom of the page. Enter the search term and hit enter. Navigate between the matched words using n or N. Don't worry if this is confusing, this can be fixed easily. Go to the about:addons page for Vim Vixen to configure the key bindings. There are 2 ways to do this form and plain JSON. Form is the user-friendly option of the two, all you need to do is select a keyboard combination for the shortcut you want. Some shortcuts require you to double tap a key. For e.g. gg scrolls to the top of the page. Vim Vixen also supports case-sensitive hotkeys, a capital G, i.e. Shift + G will scroll to the bottom of the page. Don't want to use Vim Vixen on a website? Use Shift + Esc or click on the extension's button on the toolbar to toggle it for the current webpage. This can be useful for webpages that have their own set of keyboard shortcuts (streaming sites, reddit with RES, etc). Hit F to highlight links on the page, Vim Vixen will place letters on the screen over each link, representing a shortcut to it. Tap the keys to open the corresponding link. Similarly, you can navigate links, manage tabs, history, zoom, etc using simple shortcuts. For e.g. F to view links, followed by L will open the link for the Microsoft article (in the above screenshot). Console Vim Vixen has a console that can be accessed by tapping ":". You can enter different commands in it to perform some actions such as opening a new tab, window, select tabs, set the zoom level, etc. Use open to load a URL. For e.g. If you want to open Ghacks' homepage in a new tab, the command would be :open ghacks.net You can also use o instead. ghacks.net To perform an online lookup, use the open command along with a keyword, and it will load the results using Google. You can customize the Search Engines from the add-on's options. :open ghacks windows or ghacks firefox Want to open or search in a new tab? Use the tabopen command instead. For e.g. :tabopen ghacks.net or :t ghacks firefox Vim Vixen is an open source extension. As a long time SurfingKeys user, I had little trouble getting used to Vim Vixen. I'd say it's a tad easier to get into than the former, because SurfingKeys has a lot more options, not to mention an editor. If you have never used Vim, you can get your feet wet with Vim Vixen before moving on to more powerful add-ons. Don't like it? There are plenty of other extensions to choose from such as: SurfingKeys, Tridactyl, Vimium-FF, Vimium C, Saka Key. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/vim-vixen/ Browse the web, scroll, search, manage tabs, using keyboard shortcuts with the Vim Vixen extension for Firefox
  2. SingleFileZ is a fork of the SingleFile Firefox and Chrome extension with better file compression Want to save an entire web page for offline reference? There are add-ons which can help you, such as SingleFile, or its fork SingleFileZ. All you have to do is click on the add-on's button on the toolbar to save the current web page as a single HTML file. If you're thinking this sounds similar to what the SingleFile extension does, that's because it is made by the same developer, Gildas Lormeau. SingleFileZ is a fork of the original add-on, so it retains most of its features while adding some new ones. Though the saved pages are in the HTML format, these are actually compressed ZIP archives. The developer calls these "self-extracting HTML/ZIP hybrid files". In order to learn how the two add-ons differ, I began using them both in Firefox. You can do this as well. Try saving the same pages using each extension, you will notice that there is a noticeable difference in the file sizes. Here's a quick comparison between SingleFileZ vs SingleFile compression levels Ghacks article - 129 KB vs 144 KB Steam homepage - 14.7 MB vs 20.8 MB Google.com - 87 KB vs 422 KB Add-on's GitHub page- 10.5 MB vs 14.8 MB SourceForge - 228 KB vs 325 KB Total file size: 25.1 MB vs 35.7 MB That may not seem like a huge difference, but the compression level helps save precious storage space in the long run. The important thing is that there was no visual difference between the saved pages, i.e. the content saved by both plugins was the same. Are the saved pages cross-browser compatible? Yes. When I saved the page using the Firefox add-on, and tried opening it in Microsoft Edge (without the Chrome extension), it didn't work. But there a message was displayed on the screen that said the extension must be installed and the option to allow access to file URLs must be enabled, or start the browser with the following switch: "--allow-file-access-from-files". So I installed the Chrome extension, enabled the required option from its settings and that fixed the issue. Safari users will need to go to the "Develop" menu and toggle "Disable Local File Restrictions" to get the saved pages working. SingleFileZ has a tab bar context menu that's similar to the original add-on. You can use it to save multiple tabs at the same time including the current tab, selected content or frame or links, all selected tabs, pinned tabs, or all the tabs. The extension does not have the "Annotate and save the page" menu item in its tab context menu. Moving on to the add-on's options page, you will find some new settings. In addition to the HTML content options, there is now a section for Zip Content. It lets the add-on create self extracting archives and makes text searchable. The third option under the section is for "creating a root directory", but this option is not pre-enabled. Unlike the original extension, SingleFileZ does not support "group duplicate images together", "save to clipboard", "add proof of existence". Download SingleFileZ for Firefox and Chrome. The add-on is open source. SingleFileZ offers better file compression compared to SingleFile, this can be helpful if you've limited storage space, cloud storage or when you're sharing the saved web pages as email attachments. Landing Page: https://github.com/gildas-lormeau/SingleFileZ SingleFileZ is a fork of the SingleFile Firefox and Chrome extension with better file compression
  3. nightTab is a highly customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome There are lots of ways to customize the new tab experience. Some like using custom CSS or display a blank page, others rely on extensions like Group Speed Dial or Tabliss. Want something that's user-friendly, customizable, and minimalistic? The add-on nightTab might be just the thing you need. Install the extension and open a new tab to access nightTab's interface. It has a dark theme, and a bunch of pre-configured bookmark tiles, aka speed dials. All the elements you see on the tab are customizable. The search bar at the top of the tiles can be used to search in your bookmarks, or to perform an online search in Google. NightTab displays a clock and the date to the left of the search box. Let's see how to manage the speed dials. Click on the Edit button next to the search box, or the Add button in nightTab's screen to create a new group or bookmark. This brings up several buttons for each shortcut. Use the left and right arrows to move a speed-dial right or left. You may reorder the tiles by clicking on the three-line icon and dragging it elsewhere, even onto another group. The x button deletes a speed dial, while the pencil icon is used to customize a tile. You can edit the appearance of the dial from the Visual Element settings. The letter option in nightTab uses a cool font, which you can use to name your bookmarks. Or you can pick from many icons that the extension comes preloaded with; these are part of the Font-Awesome collection. You can paste a URL of a custom image that you want to use for the tile. If you assigned an icon or a picture, you may want to add a label to the speed dial, and that's what the name field is for. Paste the URL of the page that the speed dial is for in the Address field and hit the save button, and your new tile is ready. NightTab allows you to customize the appearance of the tiles further, change the size of the letter, icon, image, shadow and name. Set the position of the element in the tile, rotate it, pick the accent color, theme color, opacity from the advanced options. You can even use an image or a video as the background for the speed dial. Each set of bookmarks is a group and it has a title to categorize it. You can change the name of the group, reorder its position, or delete it. Tiles can be moved between bookmarks with a drag and drop, or from the editor. Click on the "color" button to pick a custom background color from the palette. The Accent button similarly allows you to use a different color for the letters, icons and names. The gear icon in the top right corner has even more settings. You can adjust the scaling size, width and alignment, padding of the layout. Enable the Greeting option if you like to see "Good morning, Hello, Hi", followed by your name. Transitional words places shows the words "The time and date is" or "It's" before the clock. Speaking of which, the clock can be customized too. Switch from number-based to a word-based clock, enable seconds, change the separators, toggle 24-hour clock, enable AM/PM. The Date settings are modifiable as well and has options to switch the format, word style, size, etc. Next is the Search settings which aside from a couple of visual options lets you choose from the following search engines: Google, DuckDuckGo, YouTube, Giphy, Bing, or a custom search provider. Dislike having the Edit, Add, Color and Accent buttons in the new tab? Disable them from the options. Bored with the colors? nightTab has plenty of themes to choose from, of course you can create your own easily. The extension allows you to use Google Fonts for the text and numbers. Why restrict yourself to a colorful background? Use an image or a video, nightTab supports both local and online media, go nuts. No one likes to see their settings reset to default. It may be a good idea to use the add-on's built-in backup and restore option to preserve your customized preferences. I tried importing my backup from Firefox to Chrome, and it worked like a charm. Download nightTab for Firefox and Chrome. The extension is open source. NightTab is an excellent new tab replacement with a ridiculous number of settings, yet somehow it manages to keep things user-friendly. Landing Page: https://github.com/zombieFox/nightTab nightTab is a highly customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome
  4. Extract the URL and title from multiple tabs with the Copy Selected Tabs to Clipboard extension for Firefox We have seen add-ons which can help you copy all your tabs to the clipboard, e.g. Copy All Tab URLs for Firefox. What if you wanted to only copy some links, and not all at the same time. Copy Selected Tabs to Clipboard is the name of the extension you were looking for. Install the add-on, and select some tabs. Right-click on the tab bar and you'll see a new menu labeled "Copy to Clipboard". Access it to view a list of options: URL Title and URL HTML Link Markdown Markdown (List) The first option in the extension's menu will copy the link to the clipboard. Since the add-on is designed to extract the URLs from multiple tabs, hold down the Shift or Control keys to make your selection, before accessing the menu. It can be handy if you want to save important tabs, and end a session and start fresh, or switching browsers, computers, or to simply backup the selected tabs. Title and URL, will in addition to the links, also includes the titles of the tabs, one per line. The third option in Copy Selected Tabs to Clipboard, creates HTML tags based on the tab's URL and the title. This can be useful for network admins and webmasters who want to paste the code and interlink pages quickly. The add-on's 4th menu item creates hyperlinks in the Markdown format, which is useful for sharing the links on community forums, reddit, etc. Markdown List is similar to the above option, but also adds the tab as an item to a bullet list. Open the about:addons page to customize the Copy Selected Tabs to Clipboard settings. The extension is set to work from the tab bar by default, but you can toggle a setting that will also add the menu to Firefox's context menu (on web pages). If for any reason you don't want the tab context menu, you may disable that as well. There are 5 sets of boxes in the add-on's settings page. Each of these represent the format of the content that will be used to copy the content to the clipboard. These are pre-configured, but you can add custom formats by using the + button. Assign a label and choose the format from the list of placeholder commands available on the page. Let's try something simple. The extension's copy URL and title option doesn't use a good format. We'll add a custom format to make it look better. Give the format a label and paste the following command in the format field. %TITLE% - %URL%%EOL% This command tells the add-on to copy the tab's title, add a space after it, followed by a hyphen, another space, the tab's URL and add a line break. Now, access the add-on's menu from the tab bar and try out the new option. It looks a lot cleaner than the default one, wouldn't you agree? Similarly, you may create other commands based on your requirements. The extra options require additional permissions to be granted in Firefox, you don't need those to use the add-on with its default placeholders. Copy Selected Tabs to Clipboard is an open source extension. It is made by the developer of Tree Style Tab. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/copy-selected-tabs-to-clipboar/ Extract the URL and title from multiple tabs with the Copy Selected Tabs to Clipboard extension for Firefox
  5. Open multiple links from selected text or copy them to the clipboard with the FoxyLink extension for Firefox Reading an interesting article or tutorial and want to save the links from the page for future reference? Doing that manually can take some time and effort. FoxyLink is an extension for Firefox that can extract the URLs from web pages in a couple of clicks. The extension requires two permissions. We'll take a look at why these are required as we go through the add-on's functions. You may also want to check out the extension Copy Selected Links for Firefox which offers similar functionality. The plugin does not have a button that you can access it from. Instead, you have to use Firefox's context menu and select "FoxyLink". The extension has its own sub-menu, and the options you will find here differs based on how you're using it. Select some text on a web page, and click the first option from the add-on's menu, "Open Selected Links". The extension will open each URL that was found in the text, in a new tab. For e.g. If the text contained 5 URLs, it will open five tabs, one for each link. You can try the Popular Posts section on the right-side of this page to see how this works. As I mentioned earlier, you don't have to select the URLs manually, the extension is capable of detecting the links from the text. So, even if you just grab the entire text from a page, the links will be extracted. Unfortunately, FoxyLink does not support image and video URLs, those you'll have to deal with on your own. What if you don't want to open the links right now, but want to store them? You may find the second option from the menu handy for this job. Click on "Copy Selected Links to Clipboard", and FoxyLink will copy the URLs one each per line, to the clipboard. This is the reason why the needs permission for "Input data to the clipboard". A third option exists in the menu and it's called, "Save Selected Links". When you use it, FoxyLink extracts the URLs and saves them in its own storage. You'll also see a notification toast appear near the bottom right-hand corner that says "Total Saved: N". (N is the number of URLs that have been saved to the cache.) This feature is why the extension requires the "Display notifications" permission. The Save option in turn has its own set of options. Open saved links will load all URLs that have been saved, in new tabs. Copy saved links to the clipboard saves the URLs ready to be pasted. The third option "Clear saved URLs", will delete links that has been stored previously. I'm not sure if this is a bug, but the option did not clear the links when I used it. The extension works across sessions. For e.g.iIf you saved 5 links in a session and come back, and save three more, all 8 links will be stored in the add-on's storage. FoxyLink can detect duplicate links and filters them automatically, so only unique ones are copied or saved. The add-on also displays a notification that says "Links not found", when there were no URLs in the selected text, The alert is useful, so you don't miss something important. FoxyLink does not extract the title of the link's page, and that's because the hyperlink isn't loaded. My only criticism would be the lack of an option to view the saved links without opening them, a way to preview, delete and manage the links would be a welcome addition. The extension is partially based on URL Multicopy, another add-on from the same developer. FoxyLink was created by erosman, the developer of Copy PlainText and FoxyTab, both of which are recommended by Mozilla. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/foxylink/ Open multiple links from selected text or copy them to the clipboard with the FoxyLink extension for Firefox
  6. Tabliss is an elegant new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome Most new tab replacement add-ons are related speed-dials, bookmarks and the like. Tabliss however is all about elegance. It is a new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome, that displays cool backgrounds and useful widgets. Install the add-on and open a new tab. It has a random wallpaper, which is not unlike Edge Chromium's Bing wallpaper of the day. The images are sourced from the Unsplash image service. In case you aren't familiar with it, the service offers images that are free for commercial/non-commercial use. Tabliss displays a few links in the bottom left corner of the new tab. One that links to the current wallpaper's page on Unsplash (useful if you want to download the image), another for the uploader/photographer who uploaded the image, and the last URL links to the service's homepage. The new tab also has a clock, and a message that reads "Hello". This is a fairly minimalistic new tab experience. You may customize the add-on, to do so mouse over the gear icon in the top left corner, and it displays a panel with three buttons. The first button opens a side bar with various options. The drop-down menu allows you to select the background image source. You can choose from: a Gradient Color, Solid Color, GIPHY, Unsplash or Upload your custom photos. Tabliss uses Unsplash by default, and is set to show a new photo every 15 minutes. You can use the dropdown menu to set the add-on to display a different wallpaper for every new tab, or change the picture once in 5 minutes, an hour or every day. If you like a picture and want to use it permanently, hit the pause option. The "display settings" allows you to customize the blur and luminosity levels of the images. The second option in Tabliss' gear-icon panel, toggles the Widgets. Use it or the hotkey W to hide the clock and message. Head to the program's settings to add a new widget. There are many options to choose from such as "Custom CSS, Greeting, Literature Clock, Message, NBA Scores, Quick Links, Quotes, Search Box, Time, Todos, Weather". Each widget has its own settings. Custom CSS allows you to use your own script. Greeting says Hello every time you open a new tab. Optionally write your name, to be greeted like Hello, John. Literature Clock is rather unique, it quotes sentences (from random books), that tells you the current time. Message displays a custom text message of your choice. NBA Scores shows the results from the latest games, and optionally the team logos. Quick Links are like speed-dials. You can add links to any website you want, and use the corresponding number as the keyboard shortcut. Quotes places a random quote from "They Said So" and "Developer Excuses", it has some categories that you can select. The Search Box widget settings has various search provides you can choose from: Google, Baidou, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Ecosia, Lilo, StartPage, Yandex and Mail.Ru. Search Suggestions can be enabled for Google or Bing. The Clock widget in Tabliss, Time, lets you switch to Analogue, 12-hou or 24-hour digital mode. It can optionally display the seconds, minutes and the date. Set reminders using the Todos widget. Select the number of tasks to be shown from the settings. Click on the + icon in the widget to add a new task. The O icon will display a check mark when you click on it, to indicate that the task has been completed. Get weather updates in every new tab. Set the Location, Name of the place, toggle extended details (feels like, humidity, chance of rain), switch between Imperial and metric units. It uses Dark Sky's API. I'm not sure how long this will work, since Apple has acquired the service. Hopefully, Tabliss' developer will replace it when the API stops working. Use the arrow icons on the side-panel to reorder the widgets, the delete button removes the widget. Adjust the position of the widget and its size, from the display settings. The Font settings allows you to change the font type, weight and the color. Tabliss has a full-screen mode too. You can test the add-on from the web demo available on the official website. I was testing a similar add-on called Momentum, but was annoyed by the features locked behind the paywall, and looked for an alternative and came across Tabliss, which has no such issues. The add-on is open source and is a Mozilla Recommended Extension. Download Tabliss for Chrome and Firefox. Busy all day? Take a moment to appreciate a nice wallpaper, and use the widgets to get weather updates, reminders. The option to download the background is a huge plus. Landing Page: https://tabliss.io/ Tabliss is an elegant new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome
  7. YouTube Windowed FullScreen is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that plays full screen videos in windowed mode Want to watch YouTube videos in a larger view than theater mode, but don't want it take up the entire screen when you hit the full screen button? There's a way to do this. YouTube Windowed FullScreen is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that plays full screen videos in windowed mode. Full screen mode as you may know does not allow you to interact with other tabs or applications. This add-on can be useful if you want to watch videos while working with other applications, monitoring notifications from other programs/tabs, using dual monitors, etc. Install YouTube Windowed FullScreen and it presents its settings window. Dismiss the panel for now, we'll get back to this later once we have seen it in action. Go to YouTube and play a video. Hit the ` key (Tilde) and the extension will force the video to play in a windowed full screen, hence the name. How does it differ from the regular full screen mode? Take a look at these screenshots, compare them and you'll notice the difference. Youtube theater mode Youtube Windowed FullScreen There is a lot of wasted screen real estate in YouTube's theater mode. When YouTube Windowed FullScreen is enabled, it hides the elements at the top (menu, search bar, sign in, notifications, etc) and below the video player (views, likes, comments, autoplay, etc). This gives you a more immersive and distraction-free viewing experience, while restricting the video to play in windowed mode. Head to the YouTube Windowed FullScreen settings by clicking on the extension's button. It has three options, none of which are enabled by default. The first of these, allows you to set a custom shortcut key. Though the box next to this setting is blank, the addon does have a default hotkey pre-enabled, which as I mentioned earlier is ~. Click in the hotkey box to register a new key, and hit the save button to apply the changes. The second option hides the full screen button in YouTube's video player. You can still switch to full screen mode when you have hidden the button, to do so hit the "F" key. There is one other thing this setting does, it adds a new button to toggle the windowed full screen mode. If you mouse over the button, a tooltip appears that says "Full browser mode". The last setting is to "auto-toggle" the windowed full screen mode, which makes all videos open in this view by default. There is no way to resize the video player directly, but since it plays in a full screen window, you can just resize the window to your liking. And yes, there is a noticeable difference between a regular YouTube window that's resized and a resized "windowed full screen". Since the latter doesn't display the search bar and other elements in the window it is easier to use (resizes dynamically), as opposed to resizing and then scrolling down to hide the elements in a regular window until it meets your requirements. I came across YouTube Windowed FullScreen on reddit about a week ago, where the author navi,jador announced the release of the Firefox add-on, which is a port of their Chrome extension. Download YouTube Windowed FullScreen for Firefox and Chrome. It is a good extension. An extra on-screen button to toggle full browser mode (without disabling the full screen button) would have been nice for users who prefer the mouse over using keyboard shortcuts. A potential issue arises from the reliance on a single-key shortcut as it may conflict with other keys. YouTube Windowed FullScreen is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that plays full screen videos in windowed mode
  8. Open a list of webpages in one go with the Bulk URL Opener extension for Firefox and Chrome We've reviewed extensions such as Copy Selected Links or Copy All Tab URLs which can save the web addresses from all your tabs with a single click. Now, how about reviewing an extension that can open a list of URLs in your browser of choice? Bulk URL Opener is an extension for Firefox and Chrome, which can do that. Install it and click on its icon that on the toolbar and, Bulk URL Opener's interface pops-up. A large pane contains a list of all tabs that are loaded in the current window. It works on a per-window basis. The pane is the URL field, though it just looks like a text box. Paste the links that you want to open in the box, and then click on the Open Links button. The extension will load all the links in new tabs, hence the name, Bulk URL Opener. The "Get links of all opened tabs" is sort of like an undo option, in case you deleted the contents in it. You can do the same by just clicking away and reopening the add-on's window. An icon is displayed next to the extension's name in the pop-up, click on it to open the add-on's interface in its own window. This is optional, of course. The links that you paste don't have to be in a special format, all you need to do is make sure that there's only one URL per line. So, you can import links that you've obtained from other extensions, text files, etc. Bulk URL Opener opens the pasted links in the same window. If you want it to open them links in a separate window instead, you'll have to open a new window before using the add-on to load the list of tabs. The extension can also be used to save the URLs from all loaded tabs. There are two ways to do this: you can copy and paste it to a text file to save the links. You can even use the list in a different browser if you want to. Or, click on the new list button to save the tabs using the add-on's built-in list manager. The saved list can be accessed from the drop-down menu in the left corner of the pop-up interface. This is sort of like saving a browsing session. Lists can be edited or deleted anytime you want to. The Load list button does not open the links immediately, it only displays the URLS. Use the Open links button for opening the loaded list. Don't want all tabs loading at once? Enable the last option on the Bulk URL Opener's settings page, to make it load a tab only when it is selected. Export your settings and tab lists, and save the script in a text file. Import them back by pasting the script. Bulk URL Opener has a setting, which, when enabled, will try to extract a URL from the string, which is handy if you paste text that contains a link somewhere, instead of using an actual URL. Or, you can tell the extension to perform an online search using Google, DuckDuckGo or Bing with the non-URL text as the keyword. The add-on has a night theme that you can toggle, though this only affects the Settings page. Download Bulk URL Opener for Chrome and Firefox. The extension is open source. Landing Page (Firefox): https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/bulkurlopener/ Landing Page: (Chrome): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bulk-url-opener/kgnfciolbjojfdbbelbdbhhocjmhenep Open a list of webpages in one go with the Bulk URL Opener extension for Firefox and Chrome
  9. View tab previews, save and restore sessions with the Tabby - Window & Tab Manager extension for Firefox Navigating through browser tabs without the help of some extension or the other can be rather difficult. Forget scrolling through the tab bar, using a vertical scrollable list can be a lot faster. Tabby - Window & Tab Manager makes that possible. The extension puts a colorful three-line icon on the toolbar, clicking on it opens its interface. This pop-up window has two panes: the list on the right displays all tabs that are/were opened in the current window. Mouse over a tab and a visual preview of the page is displayed on the left pane. This helps in finding the right tab way simpler than switching from tab-to-tab. The preview also contains the full title and URL of the tab, and you can copy it without switching the focus to the tab. Speaking of which, click on a tab to switch to it. Drag and drop tabs to rearrange their order. Each tab has its title and favicon, but you will notice two more buttons next to tabs. Clicking on the x button closes a tab. Hit the Pin icon to send the tab to the top of the list, the add-on uses Firefox's pin function for this. The preview loads instantly if the tab is currently loaded in the browser, if it isn't though, the preview takes a few seconds to appear as the add-on fetches the content in the background. If the list of tabs is too long, you can filter the view by entering the name of the website in the search box. Hit enter to open the highlighted tab. Right-click on a tab and select the "Send tab to" menu option to move it to a different window. This also works from the page context menu in the browser. Right-click on the Window's name in the Tabby popup interface, to rename it. Tabby - Window & Tab Manager can save websites for later. Hit the button next to the Search box to save the tabs in the current window. To load the "window's session", click on the restore button. The add-on opens a new tab to restore the windows. It supports multiple windows as well, i.e., tab sessions from multiple windows can be saved and restored. The restoration process works even after you have closed each window, and restarted the browser several times. Resize the extension's pop-up window from its options page. You may toggles for the tab preview, tab details, search in URLs per your requirements. Tabby supports keyboard shortcuts for switching to the last used tab or window, and to open the pop-up interface. Select a tab and hold down the left mouse button, and press P to pin it, M to mute it. The extension does not support the browser's tab right-click menu, and instead displays the default context menu when you right-click on a tab in the pop-up view. This is somewhat odd for a tab manager add-on. Tabby was among Mozilla's Firefox Quantum Extensions Challenge finalists, though it eventually lost the contest. This is an open source extension. It should not to be confused with Tabby2, which was once a popular add-on. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tabby-window-tab-manager/ View tab previews, save and restore sessions with the Tabby - Window & Tab Manager extension for Firefox
  10. Yet another speed dial is an simple, customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome Yet another speed dial! No, I'm not complaining about anything. That's the name of a speed dial extension for Firefox and Chrome. The add-on is meant to replicate Opera browser's famous feature, and it does so rather nicely. Once installed, Yet another speed dial takes over the new tab. The add-on starts with a blank page, and displays some steps to help you get started. Add speed dials The easiest way to add speed dials is to visit any web page and right-click on it and select "Add to Speed Dial" from the context menu. The extension saves a thumbnail screenshot of the page to be used for the dial. The second method is to click on the new tab button, and then on the large + button to add a new site. Paste the URL of the website to be added in the text field, and click on "Add to Speed Dial". The add-on opens a new tab to load the site to save its thumbnail. Another way to add dials is by bookmarking a page and placing it in the Other Bookmarks > Speed Dial folder. This also ensures your bookmarks are synced with your Firefox/Google account. Rearrange the position of a dial by dragging it to a different place. Right-click on a dial to open it in a new tab, new window or private window. It can also be used to delete a dial. You may edit a dial's settings including the URL and the image, the extension lets you choose between the web page thumbnail or the favicon, or you can use a custom image from your computer. Settings Right-click anywhere on a new tab, or click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the add-on's page to access its settings. Yet another speed dial lets you use your own wallpaper as the background. Prefer a solid color instead, you can customize that too. Don't like the label (title) displayed below every dial, toggle the setting. The + button (Add side) can be disabled as well. The last option on the settings page sets the dials to be vertically aligned on the screen. Hit the save button to apply the changes that you've made. Incompatibility with Firefox Containers Yet another speed dial worked well with Chrome (Microsoft Edge Chromium), but I had some trouble with the extension on Firefox. It wouldn't capture the images for the dial, or even add the dial when I used the right-click menu. The issues page on the add-on's GitHub didn't have any reports related to this. I had almost given up on the add-on thinking it was broken, and if there hadn't been a Chrome extension, I certainly would've. That's what made me curious, why it would work in one browser but not in the other. I disabled some of my other add-ons in Firefox to narrow down the issue. Eventually, I found the answer. It appears the extension is not compatible with Firefox Containers. When I tried to add a dial for a web page that is configured to load in a container, the extension would not finish capturing the images. Also, the right-click menu was non-responsive when used with contained websites. For e.g. I've set Ghacks, Reddit, Google (Gmail, Docs, etc.,) to load in their own Firefox Containers. When I tried to add these pages to the dials, only one of these worked (Google.com). Even Google's sub-domains like Gmail and YouTube couldn't be added. This wasn't the case for web pages that were loaded normally (no containers). For e.g. Yahoo, GitHub, SourceForge, etc. The extension's "Add to dial menu" and + button worked perfectly with normal pages. To put this theory to the test, all I had to do was disable the Firefox Multi-Account Containers add-on, and then try adding the web pages using Yet another speed dial. It worked. You may want to use this as a temporary workaround, but I won't recommend disabling containers permanently, because Privacy & Security > convenience anyday. Yet another speed dial is an open source extension. Download it for Chrome or Firefox. It does not sync to any cloud service, which is a good thing. There are no way to organize dials in folders, and the lack of an option to backup your dials is a bit disappointing as well, since there's no way to restore dials in case you reset Firefox (or Chrome). Landing Page: https://github.com/conceptualspace/yet-another-speed-dial Yet another speed dial is an simple, customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome
  11. Behave for Chrome and Firefox warns you of port scans and local attacks Behave! is a new browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that is designed to inform its users when sites misbehave by performing port scans or access private IP addresses. The extension may also work in other Chromium-based and Firefox-based browsers but I have not tested that. Behave! should not be confused with the Firefox extension behind!, which we reviewed yesterday. The new extension reveals when sites scan local ports or access private IPs. We revealed in May 2020 that eBay and other major sites were running port scans on user systems as soon as the browser connected to these sites. The sites checked ports used by local remote software and used for fraud detection as remote software may be used for that purpose. Users on the other hand voiced concern that the port scanning was unethical and an invasion of privacy. The browser extension Behave! monitors web pages for certain activity, and informs the user if it notices it. One of the main features of the extension is that it detects port scanning and will reveal as much immediately. The extension adds an icon to the toolbar of the browser and changes the color of the icon based on its findings. A click on the icon displays information about the activity of sites in the browser sorted by method. For IP access, Behave! lists the target IP and port, target host, and the host the request originated from. For Port scans, it lists the port, host, and the from host. For Rebinding scans, it lists the hosts, IPs and from host. Behave! detects browser based port scans, access to private IPs, and DNS rebinding attacks to private IPS. The extension comes with a basic set of preferences that let you change the portscan threshold, enable or disable the monitoring, and to enable or disable Windows notifications. The open source extension is developed by Stefano Di Paola, the co-founder and CTO of MindedSecurity. Technically speaking, Behave! "will alert if a web page tries to directly access [...] an IP belonging to any of the following blocks": Loopback addresses IPv4 Loopback addresses IPv6 ::1/128 Private Networks IPv4 - - Unique Local Addresses IPv6 fc00::/7 Closing Words Behave! notifies users if sites misbehave or if DNS rebinding attacks are performed. The extension comes without any options to block the site behavior. The developer plans to introduce new features in future versions of the extension. Plans are underway to integrate a whitelist in the application and an option to "track back the code performing the suspicious activity". Landing Page: https://github.com/mindedsecurity/behave Behave for Chrome and Firefox warns you of port scans and local attacks
  12. This Chrome extension lets you link directly to specific text on a webpage Google has released Link to Text Fragment, a new extension, that lets users generate URLs to a specific text on a webpage, irrespective of the page's formatting. After the extension has been installed, highlight that text that you want to link to, simply right-click, and select "Copy Link to Selected Text." If the process succeeds, the selected text will briefly be highlighted in yellow. Anyone having a compatible browser can open and share this link. This extension builds upon Text Fragments, a feature that was recently added to Chromium. It works by appending extra information to a URL after a # and is the same technology that the Mountain View firm uses to highlight featured snippet text within webpages. However, this process can be a bit difficult, especially when users are linking to longer sections of text or complex pages. This extension makes the creation process convenient. The extension-created links are compatible with version 80 upwards of all Chromium-based browsers, but all browsers haven't adapted yet. As of yesterday, Google's blog post notes that Firefox and Safari had not stated whether or not they'd implement this feature. This Chrome extension lets you link directly to specific text on a webpage
  13. Drop Feeds is an RSS reader extension for Firefox RSS Feeds are a simple way to keep yourself updated of the latest articles from your favorite sites. Some prefer desktop programs like QuiteRSS, while others prefer a web-based service. A good browser extension can offer the best of both worlds, that's what Drop Feeds does. The extension supports RSS and Atom feeds. Once you have installed the extension, click on its button on the toolbar. Drop Feeds has a three-pane sidebar, and a reader pane taking up the rest of the space. Adding Feeds So, how do you subscribe to feeds? Visit any website that has an RSS feed. Click on the Drop Feeds button. There are three ways to add feeds: the first method is to click on the Discover Feeds button (magnifying glass icon) on the sidebar, it lists all available feeds, including comment feeds. Select the one you want to subscribe to, the extension loads a preview of the feed in a pop-up window. Click on add feed to subscribe to it. The second method is quite similar, after clicking the Drop Feeds button, you should notice an RSS icon in the address bar. Click on it to view the feeds detected by the extension, pick one and subscribe to it. For some reason, only the 2nd method worked with our blog's feed. The way this works kind of reminds me of the Want My RSS extension, but Drop Feeds comes with its own reader, so that's a nice bonus. If you'd rather use a URL for adding a feed, click on the "Options" button in the top pane (last icon on the toolbar), and select "Subscribe by URL". Paste the RSS Feed link in the box and select subscribe. Now that you've subscribed to a feed, it should appear in the top pane of the sidebar. A bold feed name indicates that it contains unread articles. Click on a feed and the add-on opens it a new tab to load the latest articles, in the large pane to the right. This is a proper RSS reader, complete with images and clickable links. You can close the Drop Feeds sidebar to read the current feed in the browser. Selecting a different feed loads it in a new tab. The middle pane in the sidebar lists all available articles from the current feed, and bold titles indicate unread articles. When you click on an article, a text-only version of it is loaded in the third pane. While it's useful for previewing a post, it's not very reader-friendly. Managing Feeds The first icon on the top pane's toolbar refreshes all feeds. The second, as we saw earlier, discovers feeds from the current web page. View updated feeds using the 3rd button. Subscribe or filter the feeds with the fourth and fifth icons. Right-click on a feed to manage it. You can use this context menu to create different folders, mark a feed as read/unread, delete it. The info option lets you rename the feed or change its address. Similarly, the article list (the second pane) has options to mark posts as read, unread, it also allows you to open unread articles in new tabs and hide the ones you've read. Drop Feeds Options The extension's options page has quite a few settings that you can toggle. Drop Feeds stores your feeds in its own bookmarks folder which you can customize. Define the update checker settings, new tab behaviour (for opening feeds), switch to various themes including a dark theme. If you're coming from a feedreader service or application, you can export the OPML (list of subscribed feeds) and import it to Drop Feeds. The extension has an option for exporting its own OPML file. Advanced users may set up security filters to prevent HTML and CSS elements from loading in feeds. The add-on comes with a script manager which you can use to add custom scripts for the feeds. The add-on is open source. According to the extension's page, Drop Feeds was inspired by the legacy add-ons, Sage feed reader and Sage++. Drop Feeds is an RSS reader extension for Firefox
  14. Get RSS feed URLs from any page and preview them using the Want My RSS extension for Firefox When you are on a website, and want to see if it offers an RSS feed that you may want to subscribe to, what do you do? Usually the best way is to look for the RSS icon on the page. IF there is none, you could check the source or try common feed URLs direclty, e.g. by appending /feed/ to to the domain. https://www.ghacks.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Want-My-RSS-icon.jpg Want my RSS is a Firefox extension that aims to simplify this task. Install the add-on and visit any web page. You'll notice an RSS icon (next to the bookmark icon) in the address bar. Click on the icon and a small pop-up appears, that lists the available RSS feeds. Mouse over the RSS feed that you want to access. Left-click on it and Want My RSS will open load the page in its feed previewer. Another way to do this is to click the RSS Feed URL on the website, or simply open the feed's link, it will be loaded in the extension's previewer. Use it to read the latest articles on the website. This includes the images that were included in the posts, but videos aren't displayed in the previewer. Click on an article's title/URL to load it normally. By default, the add-on uses "Relative time" (like an hour ago) to indicate when an article was published in the feed that you're viewing. Uncheck the box next to "Relative time" to view the exact time stamp when the post was published to the feed. Use the sort box near the top corner in the feed previewer to sort the articles by Newest or Oldest. See that icon to the right of the articles? Click on it to switch to the day or night theme, which changes the background color of the Want My RSS previewer page. Do note that this isn't a full-fledged RSS reader extension by any means (for starters it lacks notifications). You may want to try something like Smart RSS or Feedbro for a proper feed reader. Or, click on the icon next to the Subscribe button to choose from a list of feed readers: Feedly, The Old Reader, InoReader, News Blur, Netvibes, BazQux, Feedbin, G2Reader, CommaFeed, Nooshub. If you don't use any of those, scroll to the top of the preview page. The add-on displays the name and the link of the RSS feed in the top left corner. Mouse over near the URL to view the URL and copy it. Now, you can use it to subscribe to the feed in any feed reader of your choice. The add-on doesn't work perfectly with all sites. E.g. For some reason, it doesn't pick up gHacks' feed, i.e. the Want My RSS button doesn't appear in the address bar. Another thing that I observed was the "Subscribe to page" option that appears when clicking on the three-dot icon in the address-bar. The option was grayed out. However, clicking on the blog's feed button loaded it in the previewer. I also noticed an issue with some websites where the extension would not load the preview (for e.g. the European PlayStation blog). Other options Open the add-on's page to define the rules for custom feeds. If you don't want the extension to load the preview of feeds, disable the "Intercept requests" option. Toggle the "open popup feeds in a new tab" option to force Want My RSS to load a feed in a new tab. It's useful when you don't want to navigate away from the source website. Want My RSS is an open source extension. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/want-my-rss/ Source: Get RSS feed URLs from any page and preview them using the Want My RSS extension for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  15. IndicateTLS highlights TLS security protocol version in Firefox's address bar IndicateTLS is a browser extension for the Firefox web browser that highlights the security protocol that a website uses in the Firefox address bar. Additionally, it provides detailed security information about certain security features and the protocol. If you see HTTPS in the Firefox address bar you know that the connection to the site is encrypted. While that is good, it is not clear immediately which protocol version browser and site negotiated for the connection. Browser makers like Mozilla have plans to drop support for old security protocols, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in particular; the deprecation has been delayed due to Coronavirus but TLS 1.2 and 1.3 will become the standard protocols for all sites going forward. Browsers don't show whether a connection uses TLS 1.2 or 1.3 by default. As a Firefox user, you may right-click on the page, select Page Info and switch to the Security tab to see the technical details of the connection. These include which security protocol version is used. The Firefox add-on IndicateTLS brings the information to the forefront. The extension displays the version of the protocol in the Firefox address bar next to the bookmarks icon. There you find listed the version, e.g. 1.2 as in the example screenshot above. A click on the icon displays technical details. These include at the time of writing: The protocol that is used. The connection state, e.g. secure. The cipher suite. Whether Forward Secrecy is enabled. Whether HSTS preload is enabled. Information about the certificate. Switch to the resources tab in the interface to display information about loaded resources and technical details for each. Links to the SSL testing site SSL Labs are provided to run additional tests and get more information about the status of a connection. Closing Words IndicateTLS is a useful extension for Firefox as it highlights the protocol version of the connection in the address bar. Developers benefit from the extension the most as they may use it to check sites and make sure everything is configured correctly. Regular users may find it useful as well as it provides more information on the status of the connection than Firefox in its frontend. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/indicatetls/ Source: IndicateTLS highlights TLS security protocol version in Firefox's address bar (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  16. Momentum adds Microsoft To Do integration to its extension Momentum is announcing today that the extension now supports Microsoft To Do in its list of app integrations. The Redmond giant’s offering now joins the likes of Trello, Todoist, Github, Google Tasks, and more. The extension currently supports Wunderlist but warns users of the impending shut down of the Microsoft-acquired to-do list app on May 6, 2020. For those not aware, Momentum is a nifty extension on Chrome, Edge, and Firefox that replaces the browser’s new tab page with an image, weather information, and content from the integrated apps supported by the extension. The integration with Microsoft To Do means that the extension will now support all the app actions such as adding, editing, and completing tasks. Users can also sift through their lists right from the integration on the homepage. This is particularly useful for those that use their browsers extensively since there will be one less app to switch to. However, the makers of the extension do caution users that some To Do features, such as the ‘My Day’ list or recurring tasks currently do not work with the extension. These shortcomings seem to exist due to some “limitations” in Microsoft’s API for the app, the company says. The firm adds that it is “optimistic that Microsoft will update their API soon”. It must be noted, however, that integrations are available only for paid ‘Momentum Plus’ users. Users of Wunderlist that use Momentum can head here for steps on how to switch to To Do. You can try out Momentum on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox from their respective extensions and add-on stores, respectively. Source: Momentum adds Microsoft To Do integration to its extension (Neowin)
  17. automaticDark is a Firefox extension that can switch to dark theme automatically on a schedule Firefox has a really cool native dark theme. You're probably aware of this, but in case you don't know, you can switch to it from the add-ons page: select the themes option on the side bar and click on the Dark theme. This process has to be done manually every time you want to switch between themes. Windows 10 has a night mode that can be enabled automatically, and when this option's enabled, Firefox will enable the dark theme on its own, and reverts to the default theme when the operating system turns off night mode. But not everyone uses Windows 10. If you're on a different operating system, and want your browser to switch to a dark mode on a schedule, you can use an add-on called automaticDark. You may also find the add-on useful if you want to enable and disable the dark theme on a custom schedule. The extension doesn't have a toolbar icon which means that you need to head to the add-ons page to manage it. The options page lets you set the dark theme at sunset, and switches back to the daytime theme at sunrise. The default options for sunrise and sunset are set to 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. You can change the time manually, like I've done. That's a pretty useful option to have, since not everyone works during the same hours of the day. There is an option to automatically set the sunrise/sunset time, but if you enable it, you'll be prompted to grant the geo-location permission for the add-on. There are two more options on the page: these allow you to set the daytime theme and the nighttime theme. You can choose from any of the three default themes that Firefox ships with: Default, Light and Dark. If you're a night shift worker and prefer using the day theme during the night (and vice versa), you can switch them per your requirement. Once you have set the sunset and sunrise times, automaticDark will enable the corresponding theme automatically. I've been using it for about a week, and it has worked flawlessly. The extension does not change the appearance of websites, i.e., it will not change a page's background to a dark color. If you want that, you should try Dark Reader. Custom themes support I don't like the built-in themes in Firefox, so I use third-party themes. Will automaticDark work with it? Absolutely, as long as the theme that you're using is listed in the Add-ons > themes section (and not under Extensions), it should work. The easiest way to check this is right from automaticDark's options page, just click the daytime or nighttime theme setting, and the third party theme that you want to use should be available in the drop-down menu. Set it as the theme, and you are good to go. On the other hand, I found that extensions which change the appearance of the browser like NightOwl, Firefox Color aren't supported. This isn't automaticDark's fault, it's just that these add-ons use a different method (modified CSS) to change the look of the browser. automaticDark is an open source extension. The full name of the extension is automaticDark - Time-Based Theme Changer. This is a useful add-on, even for those on Windows 10. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/automatic-dark/ Source: automaticDark is a Firefox extension that can switch to dark theme automatically on a schedule (gHacks - Ashwin)
  18. Smart RSS Reader is a feed reader extension for Firefox and Chrome Web based feed readers are kind of a pain to use. They often implement changes that you don't want, while taking away features that you like. Local readers are much better when it comes to this, because you can revert to an older version in case of adverse changes. Smart RSS Reader is a feed reader extension for Firefox and Chrome that I have been using for a week; I'm quite impressed by it so far. Install the add-on and click its toolbar icon to open a new tab with the extension's RSS reader. It has three panes, each of which has a toolbar at the top. The left pane is the feeds pane and lists all RSS feeds that you're subscribed too. Selecting a feed displays the title of the articles published by the site in the center pane. It also displays the author's name and the date when the article went live. Click on an article's title to open it in the browser view, aka the right pane. Smart RSS Reader displays the article in its native format (i.e. no misaligned text or items) and it contains the images included in the post too. Use the Pin icon in the top right corner of an article's page to favorite it. Smart RSS Reader supports offline article reading which is useful when you're away from an internet connection. The extension's toolbar icon flashes a badge when a new article has been published, so you won't miss out on reading your favorite sites. Adding RSS Feeds The toolbar on the top of the Feeds pane has a plus button. Clicking it brings up a box where you can enter an RSS Feed's URL. For e.g. http://www.ghacks.net/feed/ The extension automatically picks-up the name of the website, its favicon and you'll immediately see the list of articles available for reading. Another way to add a feed is by right-clicking on the extension's toolbar icon. This context menu is useful for subscribing to the RSS feed of the website that you're currently on. This doesn't work for every site though, it needs to have an RSS or XML feed available which the add-on pulls automatically. If you're subscribed to a lot of feeds already, don't worry you don't need to waste time re-adding each of those to Smart RSS Reader. Click on the wrench icon in the top right corner to go to the options page, scroll down to the Import section and select the OPML > browse button to pick your OPML file. The feeds are imported instantly, and the add-on preserves the folders that you have set in your previous RSS reader. Managing Feeds Right-click on the "All feeds" option to view a context menu which allows you to "Update all, Mark all read, and Delete all articles". Select a Feed and right-click on it, click on Properties to change the URL, name etc. Use the "New Folder" option in the Feeds pane's toolbar to create a new folder, and move RSS feeds into it. This can help you organize things. Each feed has its own context menu that has options to update the list of articles, mark all as read, delete (unsubscribe), refetch (redownload), Openhome (opens the feed's website). The feeds list pane has yet another context menu. This one can be used to jump to the next unread, previous unread articles, or to mark articles as unread, mark and next/previous as unread, unpin articles, and to open the article in a new tab. The toolbar at the top of this pane has three icons: mark all read, update, delete. The Search box is handy to search for a particular article in your feeds. Smart RSS Reader options The extension has a bunch of options including a 2-pane view, sorting options, article font size, reader behavior, export feeds to OPML or SMART (text document), etc. Smart RSS Reader has many keyboard shortcuts that you can use to read and manage your feeds. Get the Firefox extension from the add-ons repository, and the Chrome version from the webstore. According to the developer, the extension is a fork of an add-on made by Martin Kadlec, which was made as an alternative to the built-in RSS reader in Opera 12. Smart RSS Reader is an open source extension. The fact that you don't need an online account to manage your feeds, and that everything is stored locally is really nice. Add-ons like this and Feedbro are the closest alternative for desktop readers, though I do use QuiteRSS myself. Smart RSS Reader is very fast and fluid. Landing Page: https://github.com/zakius/Smart-RSS Source: Smart RSS Reader is a feed reader extension for Firefox and Chrome (gHacks)
  19. Simple Tab Groups is a Firefox extension for organizing your tabs Simple Tab Groups is a Firefox extension that can help you organize your tabs. The extension was inspired by one with a similar name, Tab Groups. The extension includes five plugins (add-ons from the same developer) merged into one for a functioning Tab Group manager extension. After you install Simple Tab Groups, it opens a local web page with a screenshot to guide users how to "Enable the restore previous session" option in Firefox. That's because when you restart the browser, the add-on will load the last accessed tab group. You will see that the extension added a button to the toolbar. Click on it to see three options. Create New Group This is the option you will be using the most. Selecting it will prompt you to assign a name, and this creates an empty Tab Group. To add tabs to the group, mouse over to the tab bar and right-click on a tab. Select "Move Tab To Group". This adds the tab to the created group and hides it from view. If you have multiple groups, you'll have the option to select which group you want to move the tabs to. You may also create new groups from the menu. Once saved, a group can be opened anytime. This works in new windows too. Managing Group Settings Let's get back to the Tab Groups' toolbar menu. Now that we have some groups, we can manage them. Right-click on a group's name to view its context-menu. This allows you to open all tabs in a group in a new window, sort the groups alphabetically, export the selected group to bookmarks, and to reload all tabs in the group. You can discard the selected group or all other groups, or delete the group completely. Select the Group Settings. Here you can rename a group, select its icon style. The tab's icon (the website's favicon), can be set as the Group's icon, do this from the tab bar. The Group Settings panel also has options to mute tabs when a group is closed/restored, make a sticky group (tabs are never moved from the group), show/discard tabs after moving. Simple Tab Groups works with Firefox Containers, and can be configured to automatically move specific containers to a particular group. For e.g. If you have a container for shopping websites, and you have created a Tab Group called shopping, it may be a good idea to move the tabs in the Shopping container to the group. The extension also supports RegEx for capturing tabs from the same domain. Add-on Settings The main menu of the add-on has a caret icon, click on it to view other tabs (not part of the group). There are 3 options here all of which perform a single-click action to: close all these tabs, move these tabs to the current group, or create a new group with these tabs. The gear icon in the menu can be used to access the add-on's options. You can customize the open, close, discard behavior of tabs, optionally discard a tab after hiding it or enable a dark theme and more from this screen. The Manage Groups option opens a new tab with a speed-dial like representation of each tab groups, you can right click on a group to manage it. The extension is an open source project. The add-on is compatible with Gesturefy, though it needs a little tinkering to get it working. Note: Simple Tab Groups is NOT a session manager. If you have many tabs in a group and close it before exiting other windows, you will lose the tabs. To prevent this, you should close all the other windows first. I recommend using the Bookmarks option. You can also use OneTab, which does save a history of the tabs and has a restore option. Simple Tab Groups provides an easy way to de-clutter your browser and organize your tabs. It does not interfere with the new tab page, so add-ons like Group Speed Dial work alongside perfectly. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/simple-tab-groups/ Source: Simple Tab Groups is a Firefox extension for organizing your tabs (gHacks)
  20. An accidental outage was caused by LastPass yesterday by mistakenly removing the LastPass extension from the Chrome Web Store, leading to users seeing 404 errors when trying to download and install it on their devices. "The LastPass extension in the Chrome Web Store was accidentally removed by us and we are working with the Google team to restore it ASAP," LastPass Support today said in an update on Twitter. "You can still access your Vault by signing in on our website." The LastPass extension's Chrome Web Store entry is still inaccessible, with users who try to access it still being instead served with 404 errors. Error seen when accessing the LastPass extension Chrome Store entry Yesterday's LastPass issues started with users reporting that they can't download the LastPass Chrome Extension and the company acknowledging the issue on the status website. "The Network Operations Center is investigating reports that Chrome users are experiencing 404 errors when downloading the LastPass Chrome Extension," the incident's initial description reads. LastPass also advised users in a subsequent update, published one hour later, to use the Web Vault or the Mobile App, or even use LastPass with another browser of their choice until the problem is found and fixed. Four hours later, the issue behind the extension download problems was identified, with the company blaming it on the accidental removing of the LastPass Chrome Extension from Google's Chrome Web Store. While the unexpected and accidental remove led to hundreds if not thousands of reports from users, the ones who already had the extension installed were not affected by this incident. As previously mentioned, LastPass' Chrome extension is not available in the store and users are advised to access their Vault by signing in on the LastPass website. While some users feared that this outage was a sign of a security incident, LastPass Support said on Twitter that this is not the case and users wouldn't have to worry about their passwords or personal info getting leaked even if that was the case. "Please note that all encryption and decryption occurs locally on your device, not on our servers," LastPass further explained. "We don’t have access to your sensitive data." Source
  21. Netflix is great. Its interruptions to make sure you're still watching aren't. Netflix loves to serve its binge-watching customers who view a whole season of House of Cards or Daredevil in a matter of days. But Netflix knows how to annoy us bingers, too. The worst is when the streaming service pauses your show every few episodes to ask if you’re still watching. First-world problem? Definitely. Something you’d rather not have to deal with? Absolutely. A new Chrome extension called Flix Assist aims to solve the ‘continue watching’ problem and get rid of that 30-second countdown between episodes. There’s really nothing to this extension. Now, I know I say that a lot, but I really mean it this time. With Flix Assist all you have to do is install it and the extension starts working. There are no settings to turn on or off, you don’t have to sign-in, nothing. Just install it, start watching Netflix and the extension takes care of the rest. Keep in mind that this extension will only affect the performance of Netflix on the desktop. It won’t speed up the 30-second pause between episodes on your smartphone or any another non-Chrome platform. Meaning, horror of horrors, you’ll actually have to tap a button to skip the 30-second intermission. Source: pcworld.com I have got tired of this annoyance from netflix so found this extension for chrome last night. I installed and netflix never bother me all night. Important note would be that if this extension fails to work for you please see your netflix settings>account>test participation and toggle to "off". For some reason if this setting is turned on (which it is by default) it can make the extension no work.
  22. Chrome extensions are very useful pieces of software. They allow users to fix issues in Chrome that the developers do not plan on resolving, add new features to the browser, or increase security as you browse the web. All of these benefits, though, come with a downside. This is an increase in memory, CPU utilization, and potential bugs that may occur due to conflicting extensions. This is where the Extensity Chrome extension comes in. Extensity is an extension manager for Chrome that allows you to easily list, enable, & disable extensions installed in Chrome. Even better, Extensity allows you to configure Profiles that consist of a specific group of enabled and disabled extensions. This way you can create a profile for web development or infosec that contain different groups of enabled/disabled extensions and switch between them as necessary. The memory consumption of Chrome extension Before take a look at Extensity, it is important to understand why this extension is so useful. While extension conflicting with each other do exist and extension icons can quickly take up too much space, the main reason to manage and optimize your Chrome extensions is to reduce the amount of memory Chrome uses. For example, below is an image of the Chrome Task Manager with one browser window and a single tab open to Google.com. This windows shows that Chrome is using about 70 MB of memory. Now I personally have 24 extensions installed in Chrome, with the majority disabled until I need them. To give a dramatic example of what Chrome's memory consumption looks like when all 24 extensions are loaded, you can see the image below. With all of the extensions loaded, Chrome is now using approximate 446 MB with only one Window open to a single tab of Google. As you open more browser windows and more tabs, this memory consumption will increase and begin to use up a large amount of memory. This is where Extensity comes in. How Extensity helps you manager your Chrome extension As you can now see, while extensions add wanted behavior to Chrome, they can quickly use up a lot of your computer's memory. To resolve this, we can use Extensity to only enable extensions when we need them and disable all the rest. To get started, install Extensity from the Chrome Web Store. When Extensity is installed, a new icon will appear in your Chrome toolbar as shown below. Extensity Button If you click on this icon, it will open a list of all the installed extensions and apps. You can then use this list to quickly enable or disable any extension. Extensity Extension List To disable an extension, simply click on it and it will become greyed out to indicate that it is disabled. To enable an extension, simply click on one so it becomes bolded as shown at the top of the list above. It is important to note that when you click on an extension, its status changes immediately and does not require the reboot of Chrome. At the top of Extensity's extension list is a variety of buttons that you can use to perform various quick tasks. Extensity Header Buttons Starting from left to right, is a toggle to quickly enable/disable any currently enabled extensions, a button that opens the Chrome extension list, a button for the Profiles screen, and a button for the options screen. The other three buttons are simply to share the extension on social networks. The options page also allows you to configure various settings on how Extensity operates or displays the extensions. Some of the options I recommend enabling include "Show header at the top", "Group Apps and Extension", "Show Search Box", and "Show enabled Extensions at the top". Extensity Options Page If you click on the Profiles button, you will be brought to a screen where you can create various profiles, or groups, of enabled and disabled extensions. You can use these profiles to make groups of extensions that are commonly used together and pertain to a particular task. For example, you could create a default profile for extensions that you commonly use, another for web development, and another for security research. Extensity Profiles Page You can then quickly use these profiles to switch between sets of enabled extensions. For example, I have a "development" Profile that contains all of the web developer extensions that I use. As I do not use these often, I created a profile that can enable these extensions, and disable the rest, as needed. For example, below is how the Chrome task manager looks with only the extensions enabled that I routinely use. Notice that the memory consumption is much less than if I had all 24 extensions enabled, while still having the other disabled extension accessible if needed. Commonly Used Extensions Enabled Now that you understand how Extensity works, the memory consumption of extensions, and how you can organize extensions into groups that are only enabled when you need them, you can begin to optimize the performance of Chrome Bleepingcomputer.com
  23. You already know to be wary of third-party Android apps, and even to watch your back in the Google Play Store. A flashlight app with only 12 reviews might be hiding some malware as well. But your hyper-vigilant download habits should extend beyond your smartphone. You need to keep an eye on your desktop Chrome extensions as well. These handy little applets give you seamless access to services like Evernote or password managers, or put your Bitmoji just a click away. As with Android apps, though, Chrome extensions can sometimes hide malware or other scourges, even when you install them from the official Chrome Web Store. Google says that malicious extension installs have decreased by roughly 70 percent over the last two and a half years, but a steady stream of recent research findings show that the problem, and risk to users, is far from resolved. “What we’re seeing is an increase in criminal use of extensions,” says William Peteroy, CEO of the security firm Icebrg. “And when we start to see criminal pickup on things it absolutely meets our bar that this is something we need to pay attention to, and something users need to start paying a lot more attention to than they are right now.” Sneak Attacks Other browsers suffer a similar onslaught, but with almost 60 percent market share, attacks on Chrome users will generally affect the largest number of people, making it a prime target for criminal hackers. Icebrg recently highlighted four malicious extensions in the Chrome Web Store that had more than 500,000 downloads combined. The extensions masqueraded as standard utilities, with names like “Stickies” and “Lite Bookmarks.” The researchers saw indications, though, that they were actually part of click-fraud scams to boost revenue for attackers. And the extensions requested enough privileges that they could have snooped even more, accessing things like user data, and tracking their behavior. Google removed the four extensions after Icebrg disclosed them privately. “Since the creation of the extensions platform, we’ve worked hard to keep the extensions ecosystem free from malware and abuse,” says James Wagner, a Chrome product manager at Google. “We're using machine learning to detect malicious behavior in extensions, and … we’ve been particularly focused on cracking down on abusive distribution methods.” In particular, the Chrome team has been working to detect and block situations where websites push users to get an extension, sometimes trapping them in layers of installation pop-ups that try to trick people into installing. In spite of these efforts, though, malicious extension campaigns pop up regularly. Part of the problem: Chrome is already a trusted application. When users give it permission to run certain code, like an extension, their operating system and most antivirus products usually give it a free pass. And the more systems and services move into the browser—like Microsoft 365 and Google’s G Suite—the more valuable data and network access a malicious Chrome extension could potentially get. In addition to distributing malicious apps through mechanisms like phishing and compromised sites, attackers have also refined techniques to smuggle their extensions into the Chrome Web Store, and then modify them remotely once downloaded to add or activate nasty features. In October, Google removed three extensions impersonating AdBlock Plus, one of which had almost 40,000 downloads. That same month, researchers at Morphus Labs discovered an extension, dubbed “Catch-All,” that launched from a phishing attempt targeting WhatsApp users, mimicked an Adobe Acrobat installer, and then captured all the data users entered while browsing in Chrome once installed, including usernames and passwords. In December, researchers at the internet security firm Zscaler found an extension that lifted login credentials, cookies, and financial data from users who visited and logged into Banco do Brasil websites and accounts. And this month, the software security company Malwarebytes published findings about an extension (built for both Chrome and Firefox) called “Tiempo en colombia en vivo” that forced itself to install when users visited compromised web pages and then was deviously difficult to uninstall. Malwarebytes researcher Pieter Arntz said that he couldn’t even completely analyze what the extension’s operations and goals were, because it was coded with extensive obfuscation. Arms Race When hackers put effort into masking the true intent of software, it generally indicates that an arms race is ramping up. Obfuscation and runtime changes are the same techniques attackers use to sneak malicious mobile apps into the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. “I think the exposure is huge,” says Jake Williams, a penetration tester and malware analyst who founded Rendition Infosec. “It's trivial for an attacker to get their extension published and then change the behavior dynamically after it's published." The Icebrg researchers who found four malicious extensions downloaded half a million times say that they found the scale of infections worrying. And though Chrome’s improved defenses have clearly worked well enough to motivate new innovations from attackers, this next generation of malicious extensions may prove challenging to contain. “What we saw in our research was that this was undetected and active across a large swath of enterprises,” Icebrg’s Peteroy says. “They’re successful in bypassing Google’s efforts to create security around extensions. And because extensions run at the application layer, running in the browser, it completely bypasses a lot of protections.” The crucial thing you can do to protect yourself from malicious Chrome extensions is to choose what you download carefully and only use extensions from trusted sources, whether you're in the Chrome Web Store or getting an extension from a specific developer. It’s also important to check what permissions each extension asks for when you install it, to make sure there’s nothing strange in the list, like a calculator tool that wants access to your webcam. And regularly review the list of Chrome extensions you have installed by going to “Window” and then “Extensions,” so you can catch anything you don’t want and use that has snuck in. Google says that more people are using Chrome extensions than ever, which makes sense, because they're convenient and useful. But don't go nuts downloading every weather tracker and emoji generator out there. There's a lot more at stake than you might think. source
  24. Need to pick the brains of someone that knows how to spot anything malicious in extension source files.Just an FYI - The extension has been developed by a Russian and most of the JScript files are in that language.Extension - Twitch 5 PlayerSource files.The player somehow blocks the newly implemented Twitch.tv ads. Something ad blockers apparently cannot do.
  25. Encrypt the web! HTTPS Everywhere is a extension to protect your communications by enabling HTTPS encryption automatically on sites that are known to support it. Homepage Changelog: Firefox 2017.10.24 / Chrome 2017.10.24 * Significant code refactor * Fixes for Fennec * Ruleset updates Download for Firefox https://www.eff.org/files/https-everywhere-2017.10.24-eff.xpi Download for Chrome, Chromium, and Opera 15+ Note: If you install the standalone .crx (i.e. not from the Chrome Web Store), and you are using Windows, Chrome will automatically disable the extension on each restart. You may be able to work around by using developer mode. See this issue. =
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