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Managing Pop-Up Windows in Firefox 29

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Once considered a luxury that came in the form of an add-on or extension, pop-up blocking functionality is now integrated by default in almost every Web browser. Although a significant ratio of pop-up windows can be deemed annoying and useless, there are some that do serve a viable purpose. In these cases, automatically stifling their appearance is probably not the desired effect of the end user.

Firefox 29 provides a way to define exceptions to the rule, allowing pop-ups to display on specific sites. The browser also offers the ability to disable its pop-up blocker altogether. Our latest step-by-step tutorial shows you how to manage this feature in just a few easy steps.

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About Computing & Technology: May Roundup

Tuesday May 27, 2014

As we prepare to say goodbye to May and kick off the summer season, let's take a look back at some of the month's top content from around About's Computing & Technology channel...

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This Week In Web Browsers: 5/20 - 5/27

Tuesday May 27, 2014

May's final edition of our browser news roundup is highlighted by a major Webkit security update...

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Storing Login Credentials and Setting a Master Password in Firefox 29

Thursday May 22, 2014

It seems like every other week another popular website is compromised, prompting its users to change not only their login credentials but also to improve upon the strength and complexity of their passwords. As your personal data becomes more and more valuable to cybercrooks, the attempts to steal that sensitive information continue to ramp up in both frequency and aggressiveness. One way to combat these hackers is to remain vigilant, changing your passwords often and ensuring that they are strong in terms of case, character type, length, etc. This is all good and well, as modifying a password on most sites only takes a minute or two. However, remembering all of these passwords and having to type them in each time you want to send an email or check your credit card balance can be a real pain in the you-know-what.

To help alleviate this potentially stressful situation, Firefox 29 offers to store these passwords for you; automatically filling in the appropriate field each time you log in to a particular site. Having all of your important passwords stored locally by the browser can be quite convenient. It can also present an inherent security risk, as anyone with access to your browser could also gain access to your precious passwords. Firefox has a solution for that, also, in the form of its Master Password feature. Our in-depth tutorial explains everything that you need to know about the browser's password storage system and how to use it to your advantage.

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This Week In Web Browsers: 5/13 - 5/19

Monday May 19, 2014

PirateBrowser reaches 5 million downloads, industry pioneer Marc Andreessen makes some predictions about the future, and Chrome holds onto its market share lead...

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This Week In Web Browsers: 5/6 - 5/12

Monday May 12, 2014

Mozilla's plans to integrate advertising into Firefox tops a slow week in browser news...

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This Week In Web Browsers: 4/29 - 5/5

Tuesday May 6, 2014

In this week's edition Microsoft fixes an IE zero-day flaw, Opera improves upon browser-based animation, the EFF releases an anti-tracking add-on, and much more...

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Viewing Web Pages in Full Screen Mode in Firefox 29

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Firefox 29's Australis user interface boasts a slimmed down appearance, leaving more real estate for what matters the most - Web content. For some users, however, even the browser's minimal presence is a distraction. Fortunately Firefox offers a full screen mode for those who know exactly what they want, perfect for viewing multimedia content in all its intended glory. Full screen mode can be toggled on and off with just a click of the mouse or press of the key, and our tutorial shows you how it's done.

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Don't Like Australis? Restore Firefox's Old Look

Wednesday April 30, 2014

As Firefox 29 makes its way onto more and more machines, many Mozilla diehards have already begun to cry foul about its new look and feel. While the Australis interface has gotten rave reviews by some, not everyone was pining for a revamped UI. If you find yourself in the latter group, there is some hope available in the form of Aris's Classic Theme Restorer. Available free of charge and approved by Mozilla, this add-on lets you enjoy all of Firefox 29's new features without having to deal with its significant change of clothing.

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Where is Private Browsing Mode in Firefox 29?

Wednesday April 30, 2014

With many of today's browsers adopting a rapid release schedule, frequent change is quickly becoming the norm. Often these modifications tend to involve underlying functionality or minor tweaks to the interface itself. In the case of Firefox 29, however, a complete face lift has taken place. Although the popular Mozilla browser still offers the same feature set its loyal users have become accustomed to, along with a few notable upgrades, the look and feel has undergone a significant transition. Sporting a look similar to Chrome on the surface and dubbed Australis, Firefox 29 appears to be going for a sleeker, curvier appearance.

These modifications to the look and feel mean that the methods for accessing some of its most oft-used features have also changed. Don't fret, though, as we've got you covered with some updated tutorials. First out of the gate is our Private Browsing walkthrough for Firefox 29, ensuring that your sensitive data is not left behind at the end of a browsing session.

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