Posts Tagged 'Mozilla'

Privacy on Fast Track Back to User Control

Google and Mozilla announce browser privacy tools

Congress should require all advertising and tracking companies
to offer consumers the choice of whether they want to be
followed online to receive tailored ads, and make that option
easily chosen on every browser.

— The New York Times

In response to the FTC December privacy report which endorsed support for a national ‘Do Not Track’ policy, Mozilla and Google recently moved to put privacy controls back in the hands of users.

‘Do Not Track’ is a first step in putting users in control of the way their information is collected and used online.

Both browser makers, Mozilla and Google, recently took independent initiatives in advance of a national policy.

Mozilla, the Open Source web developers and makers of the popular Firefox web browser says it is seeking ways to give users better insight and control into the ways their personal information is collected, used, stored and shared. They recently announced the coming release of a ‘Do Not Track’ feature for the Firefox web browser.

Chrome, the web browser of the eponymous parent company Google, released a browser extension that offers a “one-step, persistent opt-out of personalized advertising and related data tracking.”

Get the Google Chrome web browser.  Or try Mozilla’s Firefox web browser.


Google Calendar Goes Down – Is your business backed up?

Google Calendar App Status

The Google Calendar App was down for the better part of over 3 hours today.

The service had recent load issues April 28 from a surge in Android calendar synchronization request. The unintentional network affect (surge) pushed the Calendar App to fail-over mode. Read the Google Apps Incident Report.

Today again, the Calendar App went down as first reported around 7:50am PST/10:50am EST.

See a graph of the Google Calendar App Status above.

Risk Management Necessitates Diversification

There is always greater risk when you put all your eggs in one basket.
Today’s outage exemplifies that for some.

In anticipation of a scenario like today, consider backing up your calendar locally synchronizing with MS Outlook. For those considering Google Calendar, it is stilla safe and reliable resource with an integrated suite of business and free tools: Gmail, Google Docs, Spreadsheet, etc.). Thus you may consider

Other business scenarios include using Google Calendar as:

  • A backup system for online filing: synchronizing your mail, calendar, and other compatible services.
  • A developmental sandbox for sharing and collaboration.

Got Backup?

Here are other online calendar services to explore:

30 Boxes
iCal – for Mac Calendar
Mozilla Sunbird – from Mozilla, makers of Firefox browser
Officezilla – open source calendar suite
Plaxo – contact and calendar manager
Study Rails – student time and assignment management
Yahoo! Calendar – similar to Google Calendar
Zoho Planner

Where to Get an Online Calendar

Read a full list of calendars and planners on Mashable.
For a good list of web tools for students go here.

Google Calendar Up or Down?

See up-to-date Google Calendar App Status here.

See all Google Apps Statuses here.

Who do you want to carry your identity? Mozilla strikes back

Firefox-vs-FBWho do you want to carry your identity around the web for you?

Mozilla, the makers of Firefox web browser, announced the launch of its new code for websites owners to allow multiple users to switch easily between accounts when visiting common websites on one computer.

Mozilla fires this to counter Facebook’s initiative last week to interweave the social web upon the existing internet.

Who do you want to carry your identity?

Click here to learn more.

for users and allow multiple users to switch easily between accounts when visiting common websites on one computer.

Mozilla Blocks Java Plugin: Add-on not secure


Mozilla, the open source makers of the Firefox web browser, recently added some popular browser extensions or add-ons to its Blocklist. Most notable on the list was the Java Deployment Toolkit (see below).

Mozilla issued the security fix to disable or remove the add-on from all Firefox of its products.

The more commonly known add-ons on Mozilla’s blocklist include:

  • Java Deployment Toolkit, versions and older.
  • Apple QuickTime Plugin, v7.1.*, for all Firefox 3 versions on Windows.
  • AVG SafeSearch, versions older than 8.5, for all applications.
  • Skype extension, versions older than, for all versions of Firefox.

But what’s an add-on? an add-on is a browser extension, a computer program that extends the functionality of a web browser in some way. There are some great extensions, add-ons that enable you to do many tasks and functions right from within your browser.

firefox logo Firefox is the popular open source web browser from Mozilla. It is second most popular web browser to Internet Explorer.

This security fix is the second part of an internal initiative, its Lorentz project, as Mozilla’s seeks to remodel its Firefox architecture to take better control of its plug-ins.

Mozilla’s Blocklist (aka: Blacklist)

The Blocklist is a list of add-ons identified by Mozilla that should no longer
be used with Mozilla products like Firefox due to security or instability issues.

See the full list of Mozilla add-ons on the blocklist, click here.

Learn more

Get the latest information about Mozilla and Firefox here.
You can also download the Firefox web browser here.

—-Update —-
Check your Firefox plugin status at
To learn how to disable a plugin go here
Learn about your Firefox Add-ons Security at
Get new addons at

Microsoft Forced to Play Fair Drops Anticompetitive Tactics

Via Computerworld

IE8 setup change hints at further concessions to EU in antitrust fight

Microsoft on Thursday bowed to critics involved in the company’s European antitrust case who have accused it of silently changing users’ default browsers, a move that may be aimed at Brussels-based regulators.

Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) will no longer replace a PC’s default browser when a user selects the already-checked “Use express settings” option in the setup screen, Microsoft said on Thursday. Both Opera Software and Mozilla had hammered Microsoft in May over the tactic, accusing the company of force feeding IE8 to users with Windows Update, and silently changing the default browser on PCs.

Read the full article here.

via IE8 setup change hints at further concessions to EU in antitrust fight.


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