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It’s not uncommon for us to be downloading files from the internet from time to time and having all our download accumulate into our downloads folder all the time. However, have you ever thought of having to manage your download and have those items you downloaded faster than you normally experience right from your favorite browser?
Yes, it’s possible with free download manager such as SpeedBit DAP (Download Accelerator Plus) which also comes with a free version. Having reviewed countless software since this website went live, I could honestly tell you that I have used this application before and it was good. Download Accelerator Plus includes rich set of downloading tools which are easiest to use including video downloader and converter, video to MP3, video preview and link checker which normally figures out if download links are broken before you even waste time trying to download it.
Video converters allows you to convert AVI files or MP4 files into whatever desired file you want which your system or player can read thus allowing more flexibility and again, not wasting your effort.
Video preview allows you to finish your content and watch it or listen to it while it’s being downloaded.
And since SpeedBit has been around quite long, you are sure that there’s a community of like-minded users like you that are available to help whenever you have concerns during your use.
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The last time, I have posted about setting up Firefox for secured browsing. This time, I’ll be showing how to do it for Chrome users which are largely increasing overtime.
With no further a do, here’s how you’d do it.
First, open your Chrome browser. Click on the wrench icon on the top right and choose from the drop down menu Options.
From there, click the Under the Hood tab. There are a few options there but the significant one that will keep you protected from phishing attack sites while you surf the Internet would be to Enable phishing and malware protection as you can see from the figure below.
If you ever come across a malware infected site or a fake webpage, you will be shown the page below and again like my previous post about setting Firefox for secured browsing, it will ask you if you’d want to continue viewing the page or not. Again, this is for identification of false positives and if you feel that the site is trustworthy and was mislabeled as fake or a phishing site, then this option is the best way to do it.
If you have further question, please don’t hesitate to address it at the comment’s section.
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Internet security has always been a hot topic and while cyberspace continues to become congested as thousands of websites are created online every single day, this has become an avenue for criminals trying to take advantage of this ever growing virtual world through illegal schemes and fraudulent activities.
Phishing attacks can be prevented if we know how to safeguard ourselves using our browser’s functionality which most of us may have overlooked.
On this post, we’ll focus on Firefox’s security settings option. Firefox security settings are developed for safe Internet browsing. You can set this by following these steps:
From the Tools tab on your browser, select Options. Then, it will open a pop-up dialogue box wherein it will give you the option to tick the corresponding boxes that will define your browser’s security (see image below).
The most important box to choose it the option “Tell me if the site I’m visiting is a suspected attack site and forgery.” These options when activated alert you whenever you come across such web pages and ask if you would like to continue viewing the web page. The latter option is provided to ensure that false positives are taken into account that somehow, they could also be wrong that’s why open source software depend largely on community involvement and participation through bug report submissions, performance issues and other related concerns.
Since you already know how to setup your browser for security, why not report or send them crash reports, suggestions, and all things which you believe can help improve browser user experience.
If you want to get involved with Mozilla, follow this link.
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Overtime, your Firefox browser can become utterly slow because of the fragmentation of databases. The more add-ons, bookmarks, plugins and themes you add, the slower it loads at start-up and the slower it renders browsing histories up to the point that it freezes, or even worse, it crashes!
I’m telling you this by experience, it’s a pain when you’re working on the internet then all of a sudden the browser window gets stuck and all that you can do is refresh or even force refresh (CTRL+F5) the page or worse, close the application and start whatever you’re working on all over again.
Would it be nice if there’s a program that would make your Firefox browser faster than before without any necessary tweaking? I’m sure you’ll be more than glad to have one. Well, you certainly don’t need to go any further because I just might have what you’re looking for.
SpeedyFox is a tiny software utility that optimizes Firefox speed like it used to. The program actually defrag Firefox’s SQLITE databases to achieve faster loading at start-up, faster rendering of webpages, browsing histories and performing with cookies incredibly faster that it seemed like a fresh install.
SpeedyFox auto detects your Firefox default profile but in case you maintain multiple profiles, you can set which one you’d like to tweak. Optimizing your profile is recommended to be done at least once in 1-2 weeks.
So, who would say you’re using Firefox 3.5.2? That version alone won’t make any difference but using SpeedyFox (now version 1.1) along with Firefox 3.0.13 (which is what I’m currently using) could make up a great duo! Believe me, it’s worth the try.
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I‘m not talking literally here about Google Chrome’s new beta release personifying an entity or individual but instead personalizing its look and feel making it customizable to fit your taste and artistic inclination.
While many of us are aware especially Firefox fans in particular that the latter allows customization capabilities through Mozilla Labs experiment known as Personas. Personas allows Firefox users to dress up the browser by installing the extension and selecting from a wide array of design options. You can even design your own for personal use or choose to make it publicly available.
Personas boasts a personalized touch on what you can do with your browser and how you want it to look like. Making a Personas design is very easy and fun to do, all you need is a little bit of imagination and creativity.
As the browser market share competition gets tougher, Firefox just recently lunched Firefox 3.5 which they dubbed as the fastest browser ever which I utterly oppose although I’m Firefox user myself for years and was followed by a sneak peek of the Chrome-like Firefox 4.0. We cannot deny that Google Chrome is a one tough competitor in the open source arena aside from its plan of getting a piece of the pie from the OS market, they are simply raising the bar of competition when they came up with Google Chrome 22.214.171.124 Beta.
Google Chrome 126.96.36.199 Beta was really promising and a bit faster than what I’ve expected compared to its stable version. What’s really remarkable about the new beta release was its resemblance with Firefox’s Personas. Although Chrome Themes are few, they’re irresistibly attractive, sleek, and fast and dressing up the browser doesn’t eat up load time and resources unlike Personas on Firefox.
Chrome has a long way to go in terms of incorporating browser extensions particularly customization options but it seems that they’re heading to that direction slowly. Chrome Themes is Google’s response to most users challenge to instill add-ons but I hope that they’ll keep the extensions minimal as this may not be helpful when it becomes overwhelming.
At the moment, Chrome Themes Gallery doesn’t have many selections and doesn’t have an option for a user to create one’s own but to think its Google, it’s not surprising that sooner or later, they’ll embody Personas features. What do you think?
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We all know that surfing anonymously nowadays are just simple tasks configurable via our favorite web browsers. Incognito browsing in Google Chrome makes this possible leaving no trace whenever the browser window is closed. On Internet Explorer 8, InPrivate browsing makes it an easy task by simply pressing Ctrl+Shift+P on your keyboard. With Firefox 3.0.12, you may need to set-up the Private Data options under Privacy Tab from the Tools menu in order to get rid of browsing history.
While the steps I’ve mentioned above are pretty easy, I stumbled upon iBypass which works as a proxy site for accessing blocked websites. It has nothing special to offer thou since for major offices, majority of productivity stealing sites are blocked. The site can only be appealing to naughty kids who are willing to do just about anything in order to penetrate a parental website blocking software. However, I haven’t tried using such kind of software so I’m not sure if it can also block proxy sites that will show prohibited content.
The intriguing fact about the site is the iBypass Gold software being offered free. Well, there’s really nothing to celebrate about it being free because you can’t install it to your office or school where computers are shared. The advantages of the software is that it loads web pages pretty fast (that I wish Firefox 3.5 could be as fast too), no pop ups or annoying ads, a claimed unblockable access, and a screen changer which can be configured easily to show a desired page just in case somebody walks into your room and you don’t want to expose the page you’re viewing. Other than these positive features, I just could find any compelling reason to adopt this software.
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I could have written this post a couple of days ago but since I was busy test driving the new Seesmic Web and Seesmic Desktop 0.40, it was just today that I was able to find time and I’ve made further research as well.
It’s not going to be surprising for most internet users to upload files online like photos and videos on most file sharing sites like Flickr, Slideshare, and YouTube among many others. Getting to use Firefox Universal Uploader add-on or simply Fireuploader allows uploading of files from the comfort of your web browser in an easy to use interface with a wide array of selections for multiple file sharing accounts via a single interface or by using only one extension.
Also, Fireuploader allows direct downloads from your file sharing accounts which are made possible via the API provided by each website however APIs are different so you have to expect different functionalities on each account that’s why you may notice some file sharing service providers not having a download button while others have.
Here’s the list of the most common file sharing sites supported by Fireuploader:
– Google Docs
– Snaphappi, a digital photo processing website
– Adobe Share and Slideshare to name a few.
This Firefox tool works with Firefox versions 3.0-3.5 and is very easy to use and highly functional, so if you’re the kind of person who loves sharing your files, this extension is a must have.
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The recent release of Firefox v.3.5 last June 30th, 2009 has created a lot of buzz on the web especially on the blogosphere and since I was using version 3.0.11 of the browser (among the four different browsers I use), I’ve decided to test it and see how it will perform compared to the older version.
Like the usual Firefox download thank you pages, this new release brags this tagline, “Thanks for downloading the fastest, safest and smartest version of Firefox yet. Happy browsing! While this isn’t new to me, the line“fastest, safest and smartest version of Firefox yet” caught my attention and challenged me more to try it out after the download. Like most releases, Firefox always mentions their eagerness to get user feedback. One of the most important highlight of this release mentions Firefox 3.5 being the first browser to support open video formats, allowing movies to become part of every dynamic web page without requiring a plug-in. Well, this sounds amazing and to think that Firefox who happens to have a larger share of browser usage on the internet compared to others is still trying to come up with further developments to stay ahead of their game, it’s a good move.
I’m not going to enumerate the new features of the browser to make this post short but you can find them on Firefox 3.5 release notes. Immediately after downloading the new version, I run it on a test drive scrutinizing its speed on loading web pages. It’s not as surprising as the tag line connotes. Generally, it seemed to me that there wasn’t any difference at all when it comes to performance. Like most users, I’m not going to focus on the technical aspects of the new release, what I’m after is the speed. The speed has not quite changed at all. I can’t see anything so special about it that makes it so promising more than its Minefield counterpart which I like the most. Although add-ons on Minefield are quite selective due to compatibility issues, it’s the most promising browser.
Firefox 3.5 may be a new release yet, who knows it may improve overtime but I don’t consider it a big leap for Mozilla. I may not have witnessed a faster browser on its image but I’m still happy that I’ve tried because my question was answered.
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While most browsers are going up against one another in quest for “who’s the faster browser?”, I have come up with findings based on personal and keen observation and daily usage some information which I think would shed light on some issues, although others may contradict the way I assert this facts, I would stand still by my observations but I do not discount that these findings could change overtime since updates and improvements are inevitable. For the mean time, this is what I have observed and come up with.
Google recently announced a new version of its browser Chrome with the company claiming that it is “faster than ever.” With privacy issues being thrown at Google Chrome, I still could not find any probable cause why Google would steal somebody’s privacy as some of the commenters accuse on Google Launches New, Faster Chrome by Chris Crum of WebProNews.
In fairness to Chrome, I’ve used it for quite sometime and I find it stable and very lightweight. Web page loading is fast, has a neat looking bookmarks bar with a user-friendly interface. The best value out of using Chrome is its lightness which opens faster compared to IE and Firefox at start.
Based on tests I’ve done personally, Google Chrome loads faster even with imported bookmarks from other browsers compared to IE and Firefox because the more you have add-ons and bookmarks (which both latter browsers have), the more it becomes less responsive or slow, stucks up when scrolling over flash based web pages, or pages with so many ads or much worse, it even crashes. I’ve tried IE8, Firefox3.0.10 and Chrome all having the same bookmarks, the only difference is that Firefox have add-ons while both IE8 and Firefox have toolbars and the results are pretty much clear that Chrome establishes a more wholesome browsing experience.
Firefox is a notch higher in terms of functionality but again, its performance can be highly affected by the number of add-ons, themes or extensions, toolbars and bookmarks which means the less add-on, the better.
In terms of Internet Explorer, I’ve tested IE8 which seems to be slower than Firefox, so I’ve chosen it to be a back up but not as a default browser. Mozilla Minefield however can top the speed of Chrome but since this Mozilla trunk build is still a work in progress, majority of Firefox add-ons doesn’t work with it or is not compatible with it yet, so I’d rather trust a more stable browser.
On the other hand, Chrome satisfies the eyes because it is neat looking, and its the only browser I use that I did not have any issues with in terms of writing my post in my blog admin nor in viewing and posting tweets in Twitter. In fact, I highly recommend using Chrome for viewing videos online because I’ve tried it countless times which makes my online movie viewing a worthwhile experience.
However, not all online movie sites work on Chrome so some will likely recommend a different browser to play the video. Chrome I think can largely be preferred by minimalist who do not like too many add-on or does not like using toolbars especially on limited sized screens. Chrome has a long way to go in terms of add-on options and functionality but in terms of performance, stability and speed, I can vouch that they are on the right track for I am content with it, and I will be looking forward to a more improved Chrome.
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One of the fastest known internet browser to date is the Minefield, a “trunk build” developed by Mozilla which was now under test drive. As Mozilla.org puts it, and I quote,
“Warning: This is NOT A FINAL OR PRE-RELEASE VERSION. This program is provided without any guarantees of stability, so please use it at your own risk.”
Mozilla, however, remains very transparent to its users like most other open source software developers that strongly urge its users to report bugs, browser crashes, and openly solicit for feedback. They also included some tools to help Minefield testers get the most out of their testing experience and the ability to get involved with their Mozilla QA team through discussions clearly shows that they are really serious in developing this robust internet browser.
So far, ever since I’ve downloaded Mozilla Minefield and has been religiously using it in place of Mozilla Firefox, I have not reported any crash error or bug. The most amazing part of using this browser is its responsiveness in loading webpages fast enough compared to Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer or even with its counterpart, Mozilla Firefox. Test drive this browser and see it for yourself.
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As I was researching for an alternative web browser that has strong privacy browsing capabilities which enables not to leave any tracks–cookies, cache, and browsing history among other things(although I know that Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 now has it and IE has it too), I have discovered a browser that is capable of doing the functions I primarily had been looking for. But more than that, it embodies the look and feel of Apple Safari and Google Chrome. It’s no wonder why I’ve tried this browser.
What I’m talking about is QtWeb, an open source web browser having some unique UI and privacy features, is compact and secure. Having built based on Qt framework and Apple’s WebKit rendering engine (which is being used in Apple and Google Chrome), it’s not surprising why this browser has embodied some of the features of Apple Safari and Google Chrome browers.
It has highly customizable user interface features that allow users to change application styles, navigate easily within frames, and customize web search engines with ease and a whole lot more.
As what I’ve been looking for, this internet browsing tool is capable of private browsing which has a full reset feature clearing all caches and restores all local settings after installation, and is SSL supported to enable access to secure sites. What also makes this internet browser functional is its portability. You can store it on a USB, CD or DVD, and use it wherever you go, no ddls or configuration files are required. QtWeb is space saving having as little as 5MB with only one file needed–QtWeb.exe.
QtWeb Internet browser is a powerful and uniquely designed browser that gives so much functionality despite being small. Its friendly user interface makes it adaptable, its security and privacy features are a plus, portability and speed makes it a one-of-a-kind web browser. A definitely “must-have” software on anybody’s list.
For more information regarding this software, you may visit www.qtweb.net.
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While many internet browsers continue to battle between who’s the fastest and the most efficient of them all, Firefox has just recently released Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 which is the fifth development milestone and third beta release of Firefox 3.1, the next version of the Firefox web browser. Even though such released version is considered stable, developers and members of the testing community are still expected to provide feedbacks from its evaluation.
Firefox advises users of the latest released version not to expect that all of their add-ons will work properly with this beta. That is why Software Critics come in, after some research, to come up with these helpful tips on what you need to know in advance before you decide to upgrade to Firefox 3.1 Beta 3.
First tip: Back up you information. It is necessary that you do so in case something went wrong after the upgrade and you wish to go back to the version you previously use. Visit backing up files in Firefox for more information.
Second tip: Remember that some extension, and plugins may not work properly unless they had been updated to run on the new Firefox 3.1 Beta 3. Bookmarks are expected to remain intact. If you are using some extensions at the moment, better think twice before doing the upgrade.
Third tip: Themes are extremely likely not to work on the Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 version. Unless, you are willing to give up those themes just to try the new Beta 3.
Fourth tip: If you ever decided to downgrade, passwords will “go out of sync.” Why? Because the format changed and is only imported the “first” time you upgrade to Beta 3 unless you trigger it manually. So, if you downgrade Beta 3, you will not see passwords added after you upgraded (because they’re only in the file in the new format) and if you then upgrade a second time, you won’t see passwords you added while you were downgraded (because those were added to the old file, which isn’t imported a second time).
Fifth and last tip: If you’re unsure, don’t upgrade. Subscribe to us and wait for Firefox 3.5 Final as Software Critics delivers this information straight to your RSS feed readers.
Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 Release Notes state that release is considered to be stable. It has been QAd though but issues are still expected to come out.
Insider tech buzz:
Firefox 3.5 is coming soon. Firefox 3.5 is a branch off the trunk that will lead to a release, the trunk is for hardcore development. Firefox 3.1 Beta3 is what is out now. There has been a re-versioning which means the next release will be called 3.5 Beta 4, then there will be 3.5 RC1, then maybe more release candidates, then a final Firefox 3.5 release.
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In my search to maximize posting of this weblog, I came across an add-on from Firefox known as Submit’emNow 2.0. Submit’emNow 2.0’s Lead developer, Alexei A. Sergeev and Alexei A. Korolev, its Project manager made it accessible to the public on the 25th of October in 2006.
Submit’emNow is a freeware directory submitter that allows you to submit your site or blog to various internet search engines and directories in a half automatic mode (like manual submission, but much faster).
Submit’emNow allows you to considerably reduce the time and simplify the process of site submission preserving the quality of manual submission at the same time. Firefox, as it writes on its website, “You can submit your blog to 100 blog and rss directories!” (for further info, visit https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3240
- Reduce Submission. TimeSubmit’emNow takes care of small details thus allowing you to reduce the time necessary to promote your resources in search engines.
- Support of Vary Directories. Fully automatic site submission software can neither correctly select the category for your site nor enter numbers displayed in images that resources display in order to prevent search spam.
- IntelliBackLink. The revolutionary IntelliBackLink technology allows you to submit your site to resources that require a backlink as fast as if they would not require a backlink at all.
- Manual Quality Submission. Submt’em Now allows you to completely control the process of submitting your site thus guaranteeing 100% quality.
- No Reasons for Ban. The user controls Submit’emNow so it is not an automatic search spam program that can harm the promotion of your site in search engines and even result in it being banned. (features info taken fromhttp://www.submitemnow.com/
Given these features, this Firefox add-on can really drive a weblog content writer to use it. But what if this piece of heaven is just an icing on a cake? I tried using this software last night but before I could even use it I had to setup Firefox since I didn’t have one. I’ve had one before but I unistalled it due to bugs, it just keep on crashing and I couldn’t even get a good help from Firefox’s IRC channel, #firefox, that is if you use mIRC.
I was using Firefox 3.0.3 at that time. I prefer not to elaborate the technical support experience but to give you a hint, I’ve contacted them five times yet could not get enough of what I needed so I just decided to remove it. Anyway, after I redownloaded Firefox, which now has a new version, Firefox 3.0.4. I continued to download this Submit’emNow 2.0 add-on. Hopeful that I am, it is just surprising what I got in return. I’ve had compatibility issue regarding the use of Firefox3.0.4, which was their latest version of the browser, with this add-on.
Take a look at the screenshot I’ve attached below:
Meaning, it cannot be used with the latest version of Firefox. According to their webpage, https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addons/versions/3240
“Be Careful With Old Versions. These versions are displayed for reference and testing purposes. You should always use the latest version of an add-on.”
Here’s Submit’emNow Version History with Changelogs: — October 25, 2006 — 90 KB Works with: Firefox: 1.5 – 2.0.0.* Minor bugs fixed
Version 27.09.2006 — September 27, 2006 — 120 KB Works with: Firefox: 1.5 – 2.0.0.* Submit’emNow 2.0 was the same version they have on their website www.submitemnow.com
Firefox knows that this version is outdated but how could they keep such add-on be posted if it’s not working? Well, it might work with the older versions of Firefox but who knows if there are still some end-users using Firefox1.5-2.0.2 when in fact, based on experience, whenever Firefox releases a newer version, some of the changes are not be applicable with the older version so tendencies are high for an end-user to update their browser.
If Firefox says that older versions of add-ons like this are for reference and testing purposes only, it only means that Firefox keeps a lineup of add-ons just to show that at some point in time, these add-ons existed. However, Firefox still advise its users to always use the current version of an add-on.
For user reviews regarding this add-on, please refer to this link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addons/versions/3240