My NoScript stopped working yesterday so I had the chance to peek over Chris’ shoulder as he was reinstalling it. I almost felt naked without it. I know that NoScript protects me and ensures that I’m not sharing private data with entities that shouldn’t have it.
What is NoScript?
How do I get NoScript?
Start by opening your Firefox browser and then follow these easy steps:
- On the top menu bar, click on “Tools”, and then “Add-ons”
- A new tab will open. Then click on “Extensions”
- In the search box, enter “NoScript”
- Click on “NoScript Security Suite”
- Then click on “Add to Firefox”
My websites look all weird now!
Once you’ve installed NoScript, you’ll notice right away that pages won’t load as you expect them too. You’ll need to spend some time training NoScript about which web sites you trust. Notice that at the top right of your Firefox window, you’ll see a red “S” that looks like this:
Now What Do I Do?
Click on that button and you’ll see a list of websites that NoScript is not allowing to fully load. Then click on “Temp TRUSTED” or “TRUSTED” for each site that you want to load. You’ll be surprised at the number of scripts that want to load for each web page! Sometimes, you’ll need to do this another time or two until the page loads to your satisfaction. Here’s an example for Facebook:
Note that if you select “Temp TRUST”, you’ll need to redo this step each time you load that page. Once you’ve selected which sites you’ll trust, click on the green circle to “reload”. Once you reload, there may be additional pages that the website wants to load. I’ve noticed that these are generally for tracking and ads.
I hope this keeps you safer on the Internet!
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Chris Eddy of Geek For Hire, Inc. has been providing computer service to families and small businesses with Mac’s and PCs for the past fifteen years. His company is highly rated by both the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and by Angie’s List. You can find more on our website, or give us a call 303-618-0154. Geek For Hire, Inc. provides onsite service (Tier 3) to the Denver / Boulder / Front Range area as well as remote service throughout North America.
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