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Hi G-CPTN I was using Firefox and upgraded to FF10.0. My NO-Script then told me that it was not compatible with FF 10 and none of my bookmarks using script have worked ever since. I changed over to Opera and I am pleased that I did, quicker to load and all my Java programs and You-tube movies now run flawlessly. I am so pleased that I changed, bye-bye Firefox.
Location: Dublin, Ireland. (No, I just live here.)
I've never had NoScript incompatibilites that lasted more than a day, so far, and none recently. It only became an issue because Mozilla switched to a fast release schedule, and some plug-in writers were caught unawares. (Remember that it's the plugin writer who says "compatible with version x" or not, they need to say so in the plugin definition. The plugin might be just fine, with only the version number a problem.)
So, I say stick with NoScript, but be aware of what it's doing. It will block ALL scripts by default, for safety, so you need to tell it to allow them. It has an option in settings for "temporarily allow top level domains by default", and I have it set to "base 2nd-level domains":
- This allows scripts to run from the server that you went to, but blocks all 3rd-party domains. This avoids most problems while providing a very good level of security.
- But note that certain sites use their own "3rd-party" domains e.g Google Gmail requires that you allow gstatic.com, before it will work properly. The BBC website requires bbcimg.co.uk before video will work.
I don't know if I can put it more simply than that. NoScript is a great tool, but it's not magic. It needs a little help from you to cope with all the weird things that all those different websites do.
I installed NoScript a year or two ago but I didn't understand virtually any of the optional settings or the consequences of any choices. It caused havoc with my normal browsing habits so I ditched it.
I've just revisited this thread (obviously!) and I know that almost all of those I trust recommend it strongly. I grabbed the bull by the horns and reinstalled NoScript but with precisely the same result as the last time (I can't imagine why I would have expected things to be different!). I noticed that it came with a few addresses already on its whitelist and, for a starter, some of them seem pretty dodgy already!
The thing with NoScript is that it's designed to block any site that is not the 'prime' domain, since a lot of sites use different servers for video content then you need to click on the bit that says 'scripts partially allowed' on the right hand side of the notification bar and temporally allow scripts until you find the right one, after a while you'll get to know instinctively which are the ones you need to enable. You may need to go into NoScript options to enable the 'script blocked' message.
If NoScript (which I reckon is outstandingly good) blocks something, you should see the little bar appear at the bottom of the page saying "Scripts partially allowed" (or words to that effect). It will then also tell you what it's allowing.
Click "Options..." over at the right hand end of that bar, and see what's blocked. If you're brave, click "Temporarily allow all this page" and see if that does it.
I have a long list of sites I've authorised, and a shorter list of sites that are always banned. It means some stuff doesn't run, but it's kept some 'orrible nasties out of my PC.
After a couple of scary experiences with Chrome, I have it on the machine but very rarely use it. It's in the same bucket as Internet Explorer (needed only for ordering new cars, because the old firm won't permit anything else to access the Intranet from outside). I'd not heard of Iron, but will take a look.