Netflix on Ubuntu 14.04

With many services today needing Silverlight to run web services and many people converting to Linux or refusing to use Windows or Macs it seems like you can’t enjoy those services. Here is a great feature for those of you that use Ubuntu and want to enjoy Netflix on your computer, once you set this up you will have the benefit for other services that require Silverlight.

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Mozilla’s Electrolysis

The goal of the Electrolysis project (“e10s” for short) is to run web content in a separate process from Firefox itself. The two major advantages of this model are security and performance. Security would improve because the content processes could be sandboxed (although sandboxing the content processes is a separate project from Electrolysis). Performance would improve because the browser UI would not be affected by poor performance of content code (be it layout or JavaScript). Also, content processes could be isolated from each other, which would have similar security and performance benefits.

Although the Gecko platform supports multiple processes, the Firefox frontend is not designed to use them. Work to make the frontend (including addons) support multiple processes was begun in early 2013.

Enabling and Disabling Electrolysis

To enable or disable e10s, open Nightly’s Preferences and check the “Enable E10S” checkbox. You will need to restart Nightly.

Nightly > Preferences > General > Enable E10s

If your browser breaks in a way that you can’t easily recover to change this setting, start Firefox in Safe Mode (by holding Alt/Option during start) which will force-disable e10s and allow you to enter the Preferences dialog and untick the checkbox.

Shellshock: Better ‘bash’ patches now available

The first patches for Shellshock didn’t offer complete protection. The latest revisions of this patch for the popular Mac OS X, Linux, and Unix bash shell security problem were released on Friday, offering greater defenses against hackers.

The problem with the first patch, as Red Hat explained in its Shellshock FAQ, was that it only took care of the original bash flaw CVE-2014-6271. This, the true Shellshock bug, is the worst bash security hole. There were also others.

Red Hat said: “Shortly after that issue went public a researcher found a similar flaw that wasn’t blocked by the first fix and this was assigned CVE-2014-7169.” This bug is also a security problem, but it’s not as bad as the other flaw.

Later, Red Hat Product Security researcher Florian Weimer found additional problems and these were designated CVE-2014-7186 and CVE-2014-7187. Fortunately, these bugs are less serious and the latest patch takes care of these as well. As Red Hat’s Huzaifa Sidhpurwala told me: “The latest version of bash fixes all the CVE issues.”

So, what you want to do now, if you haven’t already, is check to see if you’re running a vulnerable version of bash. Continue reading Shellshock: Better ‘bash’ patches now available

DRM in Firefox is The End of Our Digital Security

Mozilla recently decided to add DRM in Firefox even if Mozilla hates it. Almost all video streaming websites use some kind of DRM and as Microsoft, Apple and Google has already implemented DRM in their browsers, Mozilla thinks not adding the DRM in Firefox would make it useless as a product as the user will have to switch to other browser everytime a user visits a website with DRM.

I am not going to either defend Mozilla on the decision of adding DRM in Firefox or write against it, they did what they had to do. In the end its all business, Firefox is of no use to me if I cannot watch Netflix on it. So I can understand the awkward position Mozilla would be in when deciding on the DRM in Firefox, what I don’t understand is How can Mozilla completely ignore the security complications associated with this decision.

In a single line, DRM in Firefox is going to end our digital security as we know it and I’ll explain it how. I don’t care about other browsers as they have already given up on user liberty long ago but Firefox has long stood for our freedom on the web and I respect that, well used to.
For a moment, let’s say we don’t have any problem with the DRM in Firefox and we are actually happy as now we’ll be able to enjoy services like Netflix and others. The problem is that DRM module implemented in Firefox is being developed by Adobe ( Yes, Adobe ), an HTML 5 based DRM implemented in Firefox is being developed by Adobe.

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Mozilla openly admits that there is nothing they can do instead of accepting DRM. Mozilla was one the biggest advocate of Open Source and Free Software on the web. With Mozilla’s recent actions, freedom invading industry practices and continuous enforcements of privacy violating laws, I can image what the future looks like.

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Customizing Firefox

What are Extensions?

Extensions or plug-ins add extra functionality to Firefox. Simply put, they are extra apps that give Firefox some extra bells and whistles to make it yours. You can get add-ons that do just about anything like check the weather, listen to music, update your social accounts.

There are three types of extensions:

Extensions

Extensions add new features to Firefox or modify existing ones. There are extensions that allow you to block advertisements, download videos from websites, integrate Firefox with websites like Facebook or Twitter, and even add features from other browsers.

Appearance

There are two types of appearance add-ons:

  1. complete themes, which changes the look of buttons & menus,
  2. background themes, which decorate the menu bar and tab strip with a background image.

Plug-ins

Plug-ins let you add support for all kinds of Internet content. These usually include patented formats like Flash, QuickTime, and Silverlight that are used for video, audio, on-line games, presentations, and more. Plug-ins are created and distributed by other companies. Continue reading Customizing Firefox

How do I clear my web browser’s cache, cookies, and history?

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Firefox for Organizations – Enterprise Working Group (EWG)

Think Firefox is just for home use? Think again, Mozilla now has a plan to ensure that your company is getting all the benefits from using Firefox but on an Enterprise level.

What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

Mozilla offers an Extended Support Release (ESR) based on the official release of Firefox for desktop for use by organizations including schools, universities, businesses and others

who need extended support for mass deployments. You can read more about the plan here. Continue reading Firefox for Organizations – Enterprise Working Group (EWG)

Mozilla Comes under Attack – and of Age

Published 13:57, 18 July 13

Back in March, I wrote about the odd little attack by the European arm of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) on Mozilla’s plans to put control of cookies firmly in the hands of users. Alas, the IAB seems not to have come to its senses since then, but has instead doubled down, and launched one of the most bizarre assaults on Mozilla and the open Web that I have ever read. I warmly recommend you to read it – I suspect you will find it as entertaining in its utter absurdity as I do.

It’s entitled “Has Mozilla Lost Its Values?”, which is strange, because what follows is a rambling moan about precisely those values, and Mozilla for daring to adhere to them. As you might expect, Mozilla has not “lost its values”, it’s defending them here just as it has always defended them. Here’s the central argument of the IAB piece.

At first blush, Mozilla’s ideology seems inarguable. “We simply believe that when personal data is collected to deliver these [personalized Internet] services, the collection should be done respectfully and with the consent of the consumer,” the company said on its Mozilla Blog on May 10. Its decision to block third-party cookies by default was made “to strike a better balance between personalized ads and the tracking of users across the Web without their consent.”

Seemingly benign, Mozilla’s ideology is weighted down with counter-historical presumptions. The entire marketing-media ecosystem has subsisted on purchase-behavior data and other forms of research being available without individuals’ consent. R.L. Polk & Co. receives automotive ownership data from some 240 sources, including state governments, auto manufacturers, and financing companies, to create profiles of nearly every vehicle on the road and the people driving them. This data has been central both to the health of the auto industry and to improvements in cars, driving, and auto safety over the years.

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Be safe online

This is a quick walk-through on how to be safe when you are online. This is not a definitive list nor does it guarantee of safety; you are responsible for what you do online, where you browse and what you click on while you’re there. Keep in mind that everyone does things differently and have their own opinions on how to do things. If someone tells you different, it does not make them wrong or right nor does it make us right or wrong.

Just keep in mind to use common sense when online; if you have to second guess something, don’t do it or ask someone who would know. This list is not detailed or complete, is not the only way nor is it OS specific.

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