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Security and Privacy - Malware and Corporate tracking Edition

I am looking for ways to browse securely over the internet, while not giving any data to corporations (including my ISP) that is unwarranted and also preventing malware (like the CryptoLocker ransomware epidemic in late 2012). [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Can I make the web have pages? No, really!

I want to read web sites by flipping through a series of letter-size pages (like you do with PDFs), instead of scrolling one long page. Right now I'm just printing sites as PDFs and reading them in Acrobat, but is there a way to make the browser do it instead? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 26, 2013 - 9 answers

I need more Onion in my life. A lot more.

Is there a way to access random pages fetched from archives of the Onion? Something similar to Wikipedia's "random article" function? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Sep 25, 2013 - 1 answer

Reverse Chrome to Phone?

I love using the Chrome to Phone extension to send websites from Chrome to my Android phone. Does anyone know of a program that does the reverse?
posted by Aanidaani on Nov 17, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I automatically archive web pages I visit?

Is there an easy way to archive all the content of web pages I visit, saving the pages to my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Note-taking Firefox extension?

Are there any Firefox (or Chrome or Safari, I guess) add-ons that will allow me to make a blank tab that I can type text into? In other words, any extensions that will allow me to take notes inside FF rather than in another program?
posted by OmieWise on Nov 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Super Slow Internet!! Is there a way to automatically store/autosave webpages?

Ok so I'm overseas for awhile, horrible internet; is there a way store webpages automatically so I don't have to reload them next time? I view page, what i see is saved?? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by rmathew1 on Aug 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Is there a cheap mobile device just for reading offline websites?

There are any number of mobile devices which can be used to read ebooks, go online, play games, etc etc, but is there a cheap bare-bones alternative for people who just want a mobile device for reading HTML files they transferred onto it? (Be lenient if this is a stupid question, I'm not particulary tech-savy)
posted by quizblorg on Mar 6, 2011 - 15 answers

Logging complete browser activity

I'm digital arts student who wants to visualize internet addiction. How do I log browser activity: not just history...but back, forward, scrolling, and the seconds between each action? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Jan 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Download Google Web History?

How can I download my Google web history in a way that maximizes the data's usability? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn on Jul 22, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I mirror a remote web page on my local browser?

I don't want to remote control my PC's desktop (via LogMeIn), I just want to remotely web browse... [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Jun 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Saving hundreds of images from the internet manually

Simple, free mass image download program, specifics of situation within.. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Apr 24, 2010 - 4 answers

When using my university's internet connection, how much of my internet usage can they see?

I access the internet in a university halls of residence, with internet access provided by the university. How much of my web browsing is private? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Tabs vs Windows

What really is the difference between a new tab or a new window while using an internet browser? Does opening a tab take up less RAM than a new window or is it merely more convenient?
posted by zzazazz on Feb 9, 2010 - 15 answers

Can I make Firefox 3.5 ignore my visits to certain domains?

Can I make Firefox 3.5 never remember history (but still save cookies and cache pages) for certain domains automatically but remember history normally for everything else? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jul 22, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I use a computer securely and privately

How can a competent but not technical geek person browse internet as securely and privately as possible, keep files private on a pc etc? Linux distro? specifics - [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jun 8, 2009 - 12 answers

internet self-discipline

Is there a way to ensure that firefox can only access specific sites for a specified period of time? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Apr 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Instant font info when browsing

Has anyone heard of a firefox plugin or other software that displays current fontnames in your browser? [more inside]
posted by SurrenderMonkey on Feb 4, 2009 - 5 answers

How can torrenting and browsing co-exist on my Mac?

How can torrenting and browsing co-exist on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Dec 15, 2008 - 23 answers

Internet 101 for someone over the age of 8.

Internet safety for beginners. Where do I find a simple guide to print out for my techno-phobe father? [more inside]
posted by giraffe on Aug 22, 2008 - 8 answers

Identifying forums on specific subjects

What is your formula for finding the most active online forums for discussions about very specific subjects? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jun 9, 2008 - 3 answers

No new news?

Help make news and daily trivia more interesting! [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on May 6, 2008 - 4 answers

What could possibly cause MySpace to kill my internet connection?

What could possibly MySpace to kill my internet connection? [more inside]
posted by cheero on Dec 16, 2007 - 21 answers

Streamlining RSS/Web Browsing?

I'm looking to streamline my process of browsing RSS feeds and websites. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Nov 19, 2007 - 13 answers

Weird Lines in Firefox

Strange lines/boxes appear in Firefox when scrolling or mousing over web items [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Oct 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Is there an easy way to manage extensive amounts of .eps & .ai files (Adobe Illustrator) into a .pdf catalog format?

Is there an easy way to manage extensive amounts of .eps & .ai files (Adobe Illustrator) into a .pdf catalog format? I often buy vector pack cds that come with vast amounts of eps/ai files but there is almost always a single .pdf file that has a catalog of all the files in one for easy browsing. Is there a tool that does this automatically?
posted by cheero on Sep 19, 2007 - 2 answers

How does one commission a Firefox Extension/ Greasemonkey script?

How does one go about hiring someone to create a specific Greasemonkey script or Firefox extension for them? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Sep 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Download secured content to read later?

How can I download/cache web pages that require cookies and/or a login for later reading in Firefox (or IE). Is there a spider plugin for either browsers, or a stand alone program that will support authentication? [more inside]
posted by tiamat on Jul 3, 2007 - 8 answers

How can I get a list of all files in a directory on a webserver?

I think the title explains it all: I'm looking to get a list of all files in a specific directory from a web server- www.site.com/docs/. The thing is, there's an index.htm file in that directory so if I browse to it, I just get the index file. Is there any way to find out the names of all files in that directory, scripting or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by newatom on Apr 20, 2007 - 13 answers

SoftwareFilter: help me find a good way to view Firefox pages offline for MacOSX.

SoftwareFilter: help me find a good way to view Firefox pages offline for MacOSX. [more inside]
posted by rmm on Dec 31, 2006 - 5 answers

Location Spoofing for Websites

How can I spoof my location so ABC believes I am an american? [more inside]
posted by dflemingdotorg on Oct 5, 2006 - 10 answers

Why reset a router?

Why is my Internet connection better after resetting my router? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Aug 16, 2006 - 19 answers

How do I block the websites that kill all my time?

For the sake of my productivity and my sanity, I need to block certain websites that eat up waaaaay too much of my time. I use Firefox (specifically, Deer Park) on a Mac. How can I do this? Oh, and there's a twist inside... [more inside]
posted by logovisual on May 23, 2006 - 9 answers

not so social bookmarking

Whats your favorite (social) bookmarking site? Please read details inside. [more inside]
posted by bradn on Mar 20, 2006 - 1 answer

Browsing the source fantastic

At work we use Bonsai and FishEye to browse our source control tree. Bonsai isn't that great of a product and FishEye costs a lot and is overkill for my needs, anyone know of any other good tools in this space? [more inside]
posted by aspo on Mar 15, 2006 - 2 answers

One IE Window at a Time

Suddenly every time I open a new Internet Explorer (6.02) window, it shuts down all the other IE windows that are currently open. This stinks, and is something that only began about 3 or 4 days ago. It's so bad that when I select 'Open in New Window,' that also closes down the original window. What's going on and how can I fix this?
posted by NYCnosh on Sep 21, 2005 - 10 answers

Adobe! The little car that's made out of clay!

Lately when I attempt to view web-based .pdf files, I get nothing but a blank screen. I am running Firefox 0.9.3 with Adobe Reader 7.0. Any suggestions?
posted by LilBucner on Jun 18, 2005 - 8 answers

Access to old Hustler magazines?

I need, for sentimental reasons, a few old issues of Hustler magazine from the late 70s/early 80s. The problem? I'm not sure of the issue dates and it's not the kind of thing my local library carries. Where can I browse through old Hustlers? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on May 12, 2005 - 16 answers

Short cut to "Printer Friendly Format" on news sites?

I'm really tired of all the advertising and dancing crap that clutters up most news/magazine web articles. I find myself constantly searching for a "Printer Friendly Format" link so that I can read the article in a column wider than 1 inch and not paginated in such a way as to maximize ad views. Is there any utility, web site, firefox extension, something, that can take me to the "PFF" right away?
posted by de void on May 9, 2005 - 17 answers

Looking for community blogs

What blogs do you read? I'm on the search for intelligent, thoughtful blogs like everyone's favorite, Metafilter. Sure, there's Fark, and Linkswarm to name a few, but these sites are a bit chaotic and, frankly, too big. The Fark I started reading years ago now has too many silly local stories--why are so many about dumb criminals?

I'm also not looking for personal blogs, but more community-based. Any suggestions?
posted by zardoz on Feb 16, 2005 - 24 answers

Firefox at Work

I really love using Firefox instead of IE as my browser, but I'm having problems with Firefox at work. About half the time I try to use it at work, it won't load anything. It tells me that the page timed out. Whenever this happens, I have to browse with IE instead until Firefox starts working again, several minutes later. I have no problems with Firefox at home. I've heard this is a firewall-related issue, but I don't really understand. Is there a way to fix this?
posted by Tin Man on Aug 13, 2004 - 11 answers

SKIP IT button

I just gave up on two pages in quick succession; the first hung while it waited and waited on something from akamai, which was apparently taking a nap just then, and the second while it waited and waited on something from doubleclick, equally asleep. Like I care whether a page manages to do its dirty background business with doubleclick. Is there any browser that has a [SKIP IT] button you can click that means "give up on what you're trying to get right now, skip over it, go on and load the rest of the page"? Would such a button be feasable?Or have I been missing something that's been in front of me all the time?
posted by jfuller on Jul 28, 2004 - 7 answers

Tabbed Browsing in IE

I am doing some temporary work in an office, and I am stuck using Internet Explorer. Is there some kind of Java applet I can use to replicate tabbed browsing? I can't install any kind of extension for IE, so thats a no go.
posted by Orange Goblin on Jul 28, 2004 - 8 answers

How do I keep virus-infected java class files from infecting my browser?

Norton AV keeps finding java class files that that have viruses and trojans: byteverify, backdoor.Hacarmy, Js.Exception.Exploit. How do I keep them off my system?

I use both IE and firefox/firebird
posted by srboisvert on Feb 16, 2004 - 2 answers

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