Get Mozilla Firefox 7 NOW

If you are a Mozilla Firefox 6.0.2 user you may have seen an Upgrade to Version 7 prompt. Unless you are among the few (many?) who have disabled update notification because it breaks your plugins. My advice: Get Firefox 7 as soon as you can. Like NOW!

There’s lots of new stuff that makes the upgrade worthwhile. Better system resource (aka RAM) management for one. But this user found that now add-ons can be removed or added without needing to restart the browser. An ability to install extensions without a restart was the Google Chrome browser’s sole redeeming feature. But Mozilla Firefox has cought up now. And Firefox, unlike default Chrome, doesn’t ‘phone home’ with all kinds of data about your browsing habits.

Read the Firefox 7 Release Notes for the complete details including bugs fixed.

And if you are worried about sharing information online, consider installing the free Ghostery extension that blocks both web bugs and third-party cookies. It displays domain-specific services blocked in a overlay box. And is available for Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome browsers.

Another great extension to add to your Firefox is the multi-thread Down Them All download accelerator. It’s flexible enough to be used just for file downloads. But can also download images or the contents of all links on a web page. Plus controlling the download speed, the number of segments and the simultaneous download count too.


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Barney says:

Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?

I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.
Any suggestions?

emusings says:

There’s no 100% safeguard unless you run your own physical hosting and/or lock your website down tight (its nearly unusable that way). I’m not sure what you use so I can recommend any specific fixes. But search the web (use instead of Google) for security best practices specific to the CMS script you use.

emusings says:

Sorry about the reply delay. I was busy feeding my face. There are some great security plugins, if you use WordPress. Search WordPress Plugins first. Also make sure to keep your WordPress core updated. The worst thing you can do is to use an outdated version just because you need to keep a theme or plugin running. And make sure to regularly make backups of content. Use the built-in Dashboard > Tools > Export (limited to text; not images), backup your database too and every month use your hosting file manager to archive your files. Then download and store that archive someplace safe. Remember PREVENTION is BETTER than a CURE.

Cristina says:

Hi would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with?
I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult
time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution
and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout
seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something
completely unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic
but I had to ask!

emusings says:

Cristina, I’m glad you asked the question 🙂 In my not so humble opinion WordPress is the easiest solution to use, extend and customize. You can customize its layout to look 100% unique. You will be surprised by popular sites that are actually WordPress-powered. Don’t believe me: see How your website looks is important but equally important is your content.

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