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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.

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Free knowledge tools: the Wiki way

Jimmy Wales - Wiki Family

Source: Wikimedia Foundation.

Imagine a world in which every single human being
can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

The vision statement atop the Wikimedia Foundation home page says it all.
Wikimedia is the 4th largest website in world.
Yes, fourth.
This nonprofit organization is driven by volunteers from around the world helping the more than 250 million people who use Wikimedia monthly to create content, post photos, videos, and biographies, daily. Creating more than 3.3 million articles, and 21 million pages from over 12 million registered users.
The largest collaboratively edited reference project. includes its sister media sites of:
Wikipedia Wikipedia Written in 264 languages, hosts no advertising,
and its 100% free information to people everywhere in the world.
Wiktionary-logoWiktionary.org
An Open Content, human edited dictionary
Wikibooks-logoWikibooks.org
More than 30,000 English Open-content textbooks, and
more than 800,000 publications in 117 languages
Wikiquote-logoWikiquote.org
A multilingual online open-content compendium of quotations.
Wikiversity-logoWikiversity.org
An Open Language community providing a centre for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities.
Wikispecies-logoWikispecies.org
A free directory of species, covering Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Protista and all other forms of life.
…and more Wikis.

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Video: Social Collaboration Builds This Wikipedia Page

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Watch this brief video of a Wikipedia page being built by a group of contributors. This is a time lapse of their 90 minute collaboration.

Wikipedia is the largest user generated and maintained site on the internet. Its active community hosts more than 60,000 articles and 1.07BN edits in its English edition. This human generated site is ranked 6th in the US by Alexa and 7th Globally over MSN.com, Orcut.com and Twitter.com

Learn more about Wikipedia.

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Mozilla Blocks Java Plugin: Add-on not secure

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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 6.0.200.0 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 3.3.0.3971, 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 http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/.
To learn how to disable a plugin go here http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/#firefox-helps
Learn about your Firefox Add-ons Security at http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/category/security/.
Get new addons at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/.


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