Research Safely With Firefox

Genealogy is a fascinating hobby but it can also be a dangerous one. Our research requires that we spend a lot of time in many different kinds of websites. Most of them require a login name and password. Instead of creating a different password for each site, many people use the same password over and over. This can be quite dangerous. If someone manages to crack the password for one of your sites he will then try using that password to crack even more of you sites. This could include access to your bank accounts and other personal information.

The Firefox browser was designed to protect users while they browse the Web. Turn on the Private Browsing and Firefox will make sure that no trackers are following you as you visit various sites. There is also a Tracking Protection feature that stops the hidden trackers often found in advertisements.

Firefox has an experimental password management app called Firefox Lockbox. Even though it is experimental, it functions quite nicely. There are a number of affordable password managers that function very well in the Firefox browser.

Firefox also offers a mobile version for both iOS and Android devices. Create an account with Firefox and it will insure that bookmarks, passwords and Pocket items are automatically synched between your desktop and devices.

Firefox even has a feature for taking screenshots. In this example only the visible part of this page has been captured and the buttons above it give you options on what to do with this shot.

The panel on the left is my bookmarks. The panel slides open with just one click and closes just as quickly. There is also a bar just above the screen for the sites that are frequently visited.

Firefox on iPhone
Here is an example of Firefox on iOS. Tap the three bar icon at the bottom of the screen to view options.

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Those options are available on the iPhone version of Firefox. Notice at the top of the panel is the Firefox account info. Because I created a Firefox account and use it on my desktop and mobile devices, all my settings, bookmarks, etc. stay synchronized.

The Firefox browser is available for Windows and Mac desktops as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. This is just the beginning. There’s a lot more browser goodness coming to make your online researching easier.

 

Introducing Firefox Lockbox

For some time the Firefox web browser has made it easy to save passwords for easy access later. This is a very nice feature except that it is only good on that browser. If you also have the Firefox browser on your mobile devices, they each maintain their own password collection. While this is a nice feature, it can be a challenge to keep your collection updated on each device. That is where the Firefox Lockbox app fits in. It makes it possible to keep all your passwords synched between your desktop and mobile devices. The iOS version of the app has just been released in Apple’s App Store with an Android version launching soon.

You will need a Firefox Account to access those passwords. That account is also necessary to keep your browsing information (bookmarks, history, add-ons, etc.) synchronized across devices. Once you have created your account and logged into your desktop Firefox browser and your mobile browsers, your data is automatically synched to each one. Install Firefox Lockbox on your iOS devices and the passwords included on your browsers will also be synched to the app.

So why is this useful? While the Firefox browser will save a site’s password and automatically enter that information when you visit that site again, you don’t have the ability to view the login information. The Lockbox app makes that information visible so it can be used when and where you need it.

One last note . . . In order to use these apps/features, you need to make sure you are using the latest version of Firefox for your computer and devices.

Update Firefox Now

Update Firefox Now!

If you use the Firefox browser, you need to update it right away. There is a major exploit actively trying to steal your data. TheNextWeb is reporting:

A major vulnerability discovered by Mozilla lurking in an advertisement shown by a Russian news site could steal your files and upload them to a Ukrainian server without you ever knowing.

The flaw exploits Firefox’s PDF viewer and the JavaScript…

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Update Firefox Now

If you use the Firefox browser, you need to update it right away. There is a major exploit actively trying to steal your data. TheNextWeb is reporting:

A major vulnerability discovered by Mozilla lurking in an advertisement shown by a Russian news site could steal your files and upload them to a Ukrainian server without you ever knowing.

The flaw exploits Firefox’s PDF viewer and the JavaScript context to inject a script that can search for and upload local files. All you need to do is load the page with the exploit and it’ll silently steal files in the background.

All Firefox users are urged to update to version 39.0.3 right away.

Firefox Blocking Flash by Default

It’s only temporary for now, but Firefox announced this morning that it is blocking Flash by default. Why? There are currently three active exploits that could attack user systems. If you are using Flash to view videos on your computer or in your browser, you may want to remove it to protect your system.