Tag: browser

Get news keep ad blocker

Starting June 30, 2016 Indian news site have put in ad blocker mechanisms. So if you don’t want to be tracked you can’t access their news. 

IMHO its no big loss as you can read most of the really important news on sites like the BBC and CNN :p

Or you can use an ad blocker like uBlock Origin on Mozilla Firefox like I do. The plugin is also available on Chrome and on Opera (are there any other noteworthy browsers?)

Of the many ad blockers (free and paid) available ‘Origin is the best. Its completely replaced Ghostery and Disconnect for me. Both add considerable resource overhead (no-no when using an older computer with under 2 GB RAM).  

Update@July 12/16: Times of India web edidition isn’t being bypassed by the ad blocker 🙁 but if you click the stop button when the page loads you can read without ads. 

And ‘Origin let’s you white list specific pages via Ctrl+Click. Not exact but it should tide you over until the news providers come to their senses.

Syme for secure social network

syme secure social network

Oh the irony. Syme is a new secure social network with plans to compete against Facebook (which we all know is happily sharing user data with the US Government. Like duh!) yet has a Facebook page. It’s early days so no idea if:

(a) Syme will be popular or is just another leaky app

(b) if Facebook admin’s wise up and remove a competitor (proving Syme is viable after all. I mean if Facebook bans a competitor that app must be doing it right)

The Syme homepage offer a Google Chrome app link. I mean like really! Default Google Chrome browser phones home (Google) sharing user browsing details with Google. So how does a secure network guarantee user security when it offers a plugin for a browser that 90% of users have transmitting their online activity to the developer.

I don’t use Google Chrome browser unless I have to (for extension testing). Even in fully locked down mode. Instead I use the free SRWare Iron browser that uses the open-source Chromium browser engine code. Iron is Chrome less Google’s custom data sharing settings. Chrome even has its own extension site; except these aren’t all that great. The actual Chrome App Store (for official Google approved extensions) don’t work very well in Iron. But no biggie :)

And the Stme privacy ironies don’t end. The Syme Blog is hosted by Posthaven that claims to remain online forever. As long as users pay their USD 5 dues monthly. Yeah right! Blame the users for failure to continue. Where have we heard that before? Posthaven lets you blog by sending them an email. Can any data sharing method be even more insecure? It isn’t that hard to setup a free blog. WordPress.com offers a free blog with a free subdomain (aka mysitexyz.wordpress.com) and runs in secure mode so that data exchange between you and site is encrypted against snoopers.

Next rant someday soon.

Mozilla Firefox now supports responsive website testing

Firefox 19 Beta Responsive View
Responsive View feature Firefox 19 Beta

While testing the Firefox Nightly (v16) Beta I learned you can test websites for responsiveness (aka mobile and tablet compatibility) from within Firefox. Until now I mostly used the hosted QuirkTools Screenfly application.

You can view a specific site in variety of views that cover the most common mobile, tablet and notebook screen display sizes. You can also rotate the display to landscape view (supported by several mobile/tablet devices). You can also set a custom size by dragging the bottom right window edge. (more…)