Share Large Files Securely With Firefox Send

Whether you’re sending sensitive financial documents or a home video with friends, your files should be protected. That’s where Firefox Send comes in. With Firefox Send, you can:

  • Share large files online with an encrypted link that “self-destructs”
  • Set the number of times your file can be downloaded
  • Choose when you’d like your link to expire
  • And when you’re logged in, you can send up to 2.5GB

Source: Firefox Send


Today’s Software Picks: TeamViewer, Microsoft Edge (Canary Chromium Edition) and Firefox

The first selection today I point you to “The Portable Freeware” web site to download TeamViewer. This is a good selection if you need to remote into a PC to assist Mom and Dad (or others). TeamViewer is a well-seasoned screen sharing, remote control, and collaboration tool.

You may have known that Microsoft is currently working on changing the Microsoft Edge browser and is using Chromium as its’ base. If you currently use Chrome, you will be right at home with Edge. If you go to “Major Geeks”, you can download the canary version of Edge. For you folks at home; anytime you see the terms, “canary, alpha, beta”, these are test versions and have not been released to the public in general.

Finally, I am seeing where Firefox version 70.0 has been released. I never thought I would see the day where software versions reach into the high double digits, but here we are. This version is about 8 digits higher than my age–LOL. Anyhow, Firefox is an excellent browser that you should consider that is available on my platforms.

Feel free to comment and share your software finds. You can find a whole slew of downloads HERE … that are updated daily.

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FREE Browser Extension That Blocks Tech Support Scams, Hijackers, Popup Ads, Trackers and More…

Came across a browser extension called Browser Guard (by Malwarebytes) that was actually introduced in July 2018 but is the first I have actually installed it, as a Google Chrome browser extension. It is also available as a Firefox browser extension, as well.

What drew me to this was a recent Malwarebytes news article on how “Browser Guard combats privacy abuse, tracking, clickbait, and scammers“; AND, that Browser Guard has the best protection among competitive browser security offerings, blocking 98.07 percent of malware.

Browser Guard, a free extension, blocks unwanted ads and trackers that intrude upon users’ privacy, while also protecting against clickbait and scams. The extension prevents browser hijackers, lockers, and annoying and sometimes malicious pop-ups, all known scare tactics to trap consumers in tech support scams, exposing them to unwanted content and forcing them into purchasing unnecessary, expensive technical support.

Source: Malwarebytes – Browser Guard


More “Downloads”

Feedbro – Fast feed reader as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Vivaldi and Firefox…

Feedbro is a tree-based feed reader with folders and drag & drop support. Can have unlimited feeds… Highly recommended.

Opera view

If you don’t know what a feed reader is…  In simple terms, it allows a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator. For example, I have a couple hundred feeds from news sites, tech sites, shopping sites, etc… that download up to the minute information into my feed reader where I can consume and quickly browse a large volume of information in one place. In my case, I use Feedbro as my feed reader.

Source: Feedbro – Feed Reader (Atom RSS RDF) with integrated Rule Engine

Forecastfox: Great Weather Browser Extension (for Firefox and Chrome)

Highly recommend this browser extension that will allow you to quickly bring up the current weather, the forecast, and radar directly from your browser’s toolbar.

Forecastfox Weather is a free extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome that adds weather icons to your browser’s toolbar, letting you easily track the weather anywhere in the world. Mousing over the weather icons reveals detailed weather information for each forecasted day in an easily readable format. Forecastfox Weather aims to be unobtrusive and easy to use.

Source: Forecastfox: Weather for your browser!

Here is “How To Stop Desktop Notifications In Firefox, Chrome, and Opera” | Gizmo’s Freeware

Desktop notifications can be a pain in the butt… Here is how to stop them outright (in Firefox, Chrome and Opera).

Notification bell

Desktop notifications from websites in your browser can be useful, or an annoyance. If you never want to see that permission box, here’s how to turn off desktop notifications on Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.

Source: How To Stop Desktop Notifications In Firefox, Chrome, and Opera | Gizmo’s Freeware

Engadget reporting that Firefox has a new side-by-side tab feature for multitaskers

Firefox is (has always been) a great web browser. This new side-by-side view feature is a great feature for power users…

Firefox is jazzing things up with a couple of new test features that should embolden multitaskers and those who like to tinker with aesthetics. Side View lets you view a pair of tabs side-by-side without needing to open a new browser window.

Source: Firefox has a new side-by-side tab feature for multitaskers

Browse on your Android devices like no one is watching…

Here is an Android app, called Firefox Focus, that I highly recommend for your Android-based smartphone, tablet, and Chromebook. Firefox Focus, built by the same maker (Mozilla) as the Firefox browser, has been engineered for our Android mobile devices with privacy, safety, and security in mind. When you browse with Firefox Focus it automatically will block a wide range of online trackers; AND, will automatically erase your history, passwords, and cookies (which, by the way, is the method used to bombard you with unwanted ads). I use this browser a lot, to supplement my regular browser when I am shopping on the internet to prevent the cookies from haunting me with ads. The install on this is small (less than 3 MB) and works great on all Android devices, including the Chromebooks that support Android app installations.


SOURCE: Google Play Store – Firefox Focus: The Privacy Browser

NEW Firefox Focus For Android

Firefox Focus takes web browsing to another level in the protection of your security and privacy. Firefox Focus can be used as a standalone browser or as a content blocker for Safari on supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices; and NOW, it is available for the Android platform.

 Firefox Focus: Private Browser- screenshot

AUTOMATIC PRIVACY

Blocks a wide range of common Web trackers without any settings to set

Easily erases your history — no passwords, no cookies, no trackers

BROWSE FASTER

By removing trackers and ads, Web pages may require less data and load faster

MADE BY MOZILLA

We believe everyone should have control over their lives online. That’s what we’ve been fighting for since 1998.

SOURCE: Google Play – Firefox Focus

Go Incognito with Firefox…

Mozilla Firefox

Did you know that Firefox, the choice browser of the tech community has a Private Browsing Mode built into it?

If you are a Firefox user and you are using Firefox version 3.5 or higher you can easily switch from normal browsing mode to private browsing mode. Many of the other popular browsers also have a private (incognito) browsing mode that you can explore.

When you are normally browsing the internet, Firefox remembers the web sites you have visited, your user names and passwords, your browsing history and more. In other words these browsing morsels become a profile of your browsing habits and of you. When you switch to the  Private Browsing Mode in Firefox, these browsing morsels are not collected and stored on the host computer.

Using Private Browsing Mode, to protect your privacy, is handy when browsing the internet from a friend’s computer or at work. In reverse, you can switch the browser into Private Browsing Mode when someone else is using your computer to prevent extraction of or review of your personal morsels (such as user names, passwords, history, cookies, etc…).

To get into Private Browsing Mode, go to the menu bar (at the top of the browser), click on “Tools”, then “Private Browsing Mode” [ see video ]. You can also perform the hotkey combo of  Ctrl + Shift + P on your keyboard to turn Private Browsing Mode “on or off” .

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Personally, I prefer using the hotkey combination to quickly go in and out of Private Browsing Mode. When you enter the Private Browsing Mode, Firefox will graciously remember any pages or tabs that you have open, so that when you exit from Private Browsing Mode, you are right back where you started.

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You can also depart from Private Browsing Mode by going to the menu bar, click on “Tools”, then “Stop Private Browsing”.  You can also leave Private Browsing Mode by simply closing Firefox, as well.

In a Private Browsing session, Firefox won’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files.  However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept. [ click here to see details ]

You can tell when you are in Private Browsing Mode by looking at the Title Bar at the top of the browser window.  It will reflect “Private Browsing – Mozilla Firefox”. Downloading files or saving bookmarks is not affected by Private Browsing Mode.

If you are at another PC, I strongly encourage that you use Firefox and the Firefox Private Browsing Mode to protect your privacy.  If Firefox is not available on the host PC you can use Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition and run it from your flash drive.

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