Best Firefox Addons For Added Privacy and Security

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Hi all :)

I’m making a post after a long time now…been busy with other stuff’s lately…

So, we’ve previously seen How To Compile Firefox 3.5b4 from source now in this post, I’m going to list some of my favorite Firefox addons for added security!

You’ve probably heard that Firefox is the safest browser…yup, it’s true…but what makes it safe? It’s the ability to extend it’s functionality with the help of addons. Yes, I agree that it has some inbuilt features to protect users, but the majority of the feature’s that help us to be safe on the web comes from addons.I’m trying to list some of my favorite addons here that help protect your privacy and secure you from online threats…here goes…

NOTE: This list is strictly in alphabetical order… :P

AdBlock Plus: AdBlock (as the name suggests…) blocks ads! duh! And it’s the first addon that I install on a newly installed Firefox, whether it be my own computer or a friends or a relatives or my neighbours! It has a comprehensive set of filters that blocks almost all ads on a website, this saves your bandwidth and also reduces page load times significantly. A highly recommended extension!

Better Privacy: This is an awesome addon too, but it doesn’t block ads :P What it does is safeguard your computer from the so-called ‘Super Cookies’. The only thing you need to know about ‘Super Cookies’ is that they are never expiring…and according to the creator of this addon: ‘This (Super Cookies) new cookie generation offers unlimited user tracking to industry
and market research. Concerning privacy Flash- and DOM Storage objects
are most critical.’ It protects from cookies that are set by flash objects (which the browser is not able to remove automatically), it’s a good addon, and if you’re paranoid (like me)…then this addons is for you! ;)

FlashBlock: FlashBlock is one of my favorite addons, it prevents flash objects from automatically getting loaded! It’s a time saver I tell ya! :P The reason I like it very much is that it’s simple and effective, it adds a placeholder in place of all the flash objects in a page and it allows you to manually load them by clicking on them. I agree that it’s a bit annoying on sites that have flash navbars but you can always add a site in the exclude list! ;)

Ghostery: According to the description of this addon ‘Ghostery Notifies you about the invisible web elements contained in the current page. Including web bugs, javascript libraries etc.’ Alright, this is not of the ‘highly recommended’ ones, but I guess if you want to see by whom you are getting tracked by (useful for me ;) ) then it’s a pretty nice addon :)

LastPass: *This is also one of my favs and *highly recommended ones, it’s a password management addon so you don’t have to remember passwords ever! It stores your passwords online (on their own servers) and therefore you don’t need to backup your passwords if you ever need to reinstall. It is also by far the best password management addon I’ve seen!

*NoScript: *This is also one of the *highly *recommended ones. As the name suggests, it blocks all kinds of scripts from executing in your browser, which enhances privacy. It only allows websites that you yourself choose to run scripts…a really handy addon! Personally, I don’t use it that much, but I recommend it to users who need their top-notch security ;)

Web Of Trust: *Another *highly recommended addon. It’s the best when it comes to detecting fraud sites, it has saved me alot of times from fraudulent websites that are hungry for your personal data ;) It adds a toolbar button to the top (near the address bar) which changes color according to the websites rating in their database.

Dark green is 100% safe, light green is safe, orange is suspicious and red is dangerous (my own interpretation of the colors :P i.e not from the author :P ). It also adds an icon next to your google search results, so that you know (just by looking) how the site’s rating is. Awesome addon! :)

So, that wraps it…I hope you will find this list useful, I will add some more from time to time to this list, stay tuned ;)
And oh yeah, I created a collection of these addons, so you can install them with easy :) you can find the collection here.

Did I forget an addon that you would like included in the list? Tell me in the comments :)

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Benchmarks of Fedora 9 through 11 [Phoronix]

Hi all, just making this quick post…
Phoronix.com posted a report of benchmark tests between all the versions from Fedora 9 through Fedora 11!

Here’s an excerpt:

Last week we delivered benchmarks comparing the performance of Ubuntu 9.04 vs. Fedora 11 and found for the most part that these two incredibly popular Linux distributions had performed about the same, except for a few areas where there notable differences. However, like in the past when we have looked at Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 benchmarks or benchmarking the past five Linux kernels, we are now looking at the performance of Fedora over their past few releases.

Read on here: [Phoronix] Benchmarks Of Fedora 9 Through 11

Upgraded to WordPress 2.8

I just upgraded to WordPress version 2.8! and it’s just wow!
It has lots of new features and bug fixes. The most notable are:

  • New drag-and-drop widgets admin interface and
  • Syntax highlighting and function lookup built into plugin and theme editors
  • Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four column
  • Faster loading of admin pages via script compression and concatenation

These are the ones that I noticed, the explanation is taken from here.

For a complete list of new features, visit the WordPress Codex.

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Linux Kernel 2.6.30 Released

So, finally the linux kernel 2.6.30 is released! Wow, they’re developing the kernel pretty fast eh? :)
It’s great news for geeks and enthusiasts who want a go at everything new! So, what are you waiting for? Grab a copy at kernel.org and have fun!

If you don’t know how to compile a kernel, then don’t worry, I’ll write an article on it shortly…meanwhile you can
Update: As the comment by
doixanh points out, you can get a pre-compiled one at http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ , so for those who don’t want to compile the new kernel themselves, they can download the deb packages for Ubuntu from that link, thanks doixanh :)

search google for it, here’s also a good how-to (or you can wait for your fav distro to include this kernel…which would be a long wait eh? :P )

But, I’ll write one that will be specific to 2.6.30 and for Debian based distro’s (since I love debian and I’m on Ubuntu :P ) so stay tuned :)

Meanwhile, you can read the changelog here. Lot’s of new file system’s support ;)
And I hear it’s a lot faster too…I’m gonna compile and tell you guys if it’s worth the switch or not :)

[OSNews.com] – Linux Kernel 2.6.30 Released

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[How To] Make a blue Ubuntu wallpaper in Gimp

Hi :) Today, I’m going to show you how to make a nice looking cool blue Ubuntu desktop wallpaper. Requirements: You should be familiar with gimp (not much advanced stuff, just how to open and save a file and select and use the tools,create layers etc.). For complete beginners, please read these awesome tutorials on the gimp website: http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/#Beginner**

NOTE: You can download this wallpaper from here: http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=106047 1. Make a new image (Image->New) with the size of your desktop…or the size of the wallpaper you need (mine is 1440×900 so I’ll use that). Alright, now we have an image created…

  1. Set your foreground color to ‘2057d4′ and background color to ‘074880’. 3. Select the ‘Blend’ tool (Key: L) and use the following settings…

  1. Now, apply a gradient as shown in the image below:

  1. You should have something like this:

  1. Create a new transparent layer and name it ‘Gradient’. Now, set your foreground color to white ‘ffffff’ and select the gradient tool. Use these settings: NOTE: Set the ‘Gradient’ type to ‘Foreground To Transparent’.

  1. Apply a similar gradient (like you did in step 4) to the ‘Gradient’ layer.

Now, set the layer mode to ‘Overlay’. Magic eh? ;) You can do some awesome things with different layer modes, but for this tutorial, we’ll just use the ‘Overlay’ mode…

  1. Now, you need to add some text to your image… First of all, you need to install the Ubuntu logo font… So, open up a terminal and type this in it: sudo apt-get install ttf-ubuntu-title This will install the Ubuntu logo font! That’s what I like about linux, you can do the toughest stuff’s from a single command! Alright, now select the text tool and set the ‘ubuntu-title’ as your font:

NOTE: It’s not shown in the screenshot, but you need to set the ‘Size’ of the text to ‘140’ (well, if you’r using an image-size of something other than 1440×900, then you may experiment with the text size).

  1. Using the text tool, add text in the center of the image and type ‘ubuntu’.

  2. Create a new transparent layer and position it below the ‘ubuntu’ text layer. Select the ubuntu text layer and right click and select ‘Alpha to Selection’. This will select the text. Now left click on the layer you just created and goto Select->Grow, enter ‘5px’ in it and press ‘OK’. Set your foreground color to ‘074880’ and use the fill tool (Key: Shift+B) and fill the selection with your foreground color. Set the layer mode to ‘Overlay’.

– Now, it’s time to add the Ubuntu logo! Go here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Official And get the ‘Basic Ubuntu Logo’ in .png format. Open it up with Gimp (as a new image). Here’s what we’re going to do…we want to copy the ubuntu logo from the .png image and we want to past it into our wallpaper.

  1. Use the rectangle select tool (Key: R) to make a rectangular selection around the ubuntu logo.

Now, goto ‘Edit->Copy Visible’ (Key: Ctrl+Shift+C). After that, goto our wallpaper image and select ‘Edit->Past as->New Layer’

  1. Now you need to scale the layer…we will position the logo next to our text, just like in the real ubuntu logo.

  2. Select the layer with the ubuntu logo, and select the ‘Scale Tool’ (Key: Shift+T). Now scale the layer to an optimum size, that you think is good for your wallpaper… I used ‘164×151′. 14. Use the move tool (Key: M) to position the layer next to the ‘ubuntu’ text layer.

  1. Now, perform the same as step 10 on the logo layer and you should have somthing like this:

Congrats! You just made an awesome ubuntu wallpaper! Pat yourself on the back! ;) This was a very straight-forward tut, I just wanted to show new users how easy it is to make a simple wallpaper with gimp. You can add some nice customizations to it, using brushes, but that’s upto you :P You can download this wallpaper from here: http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=106047

Please rate and comment! :D I hope you enjoyed it :) If you did, then please digg or stumble this post of mine, if more readers read this blog I’d be more tempted to write useful stuff for all of you! :) Cheers and take care :) – gastly

Blog Update: New Theme

Hi guys! :D

Good to be back blogging again…I’ve updated the blog with a new theme iNove! It’s by far the best theme I could find for wordpress. It’s easy on the eyes too. The last one was a bit dark and wasn’t as easy going on the eyes as this one is.
I’m going to use iNove until I make a new custom theme…which, I reckon, will take some time :P

And yeah, the adverts here won’t be so horrid looking…’cause it takes some time for bidvertiser to update the ads…I changed them to match the theme, so they won’t be intrusive too much…

PS: If you want to support the site, please click on some ads…lol j/k! :D

If you want to keep yourself updated please subscribe to my rss feed for new updates!

Cheers :)

– gastly

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