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Reliable Contributor Hayton
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Message 11 of 58

Re: Latest firefox update and Site Advisor issues

The SiteAdvisor development team are saying that it will take about four weeks to bring out a SA plugin for Firefox which won't keep having to be updated for each new release. That's the only timeframe we've been given.

If Mozilla is going to continue to rapid-release, then we need a way to keep up with that kind of speed, hence the re-write which is intended to prevent this kind of delay in the future.

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Message 12 of 58

Re: Latest firefox update and Site Advisor issues

Hi you all,

Mcafee has to come out faster with the issues with internet explorer and firefox. If it takes months to get updates what about viruses, adware, malware and trojans which come out everyday? What about firewall issues with these software and so on. Mcafee product line for 2012 better impress us all or mcafee is going to get left behind by all the other companies like Norton.

Wake up Mcafee!!!

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Message 13 of 58

Re: Latest firefox update and Site Advisor issues

bob46 wrote:

Hi you all,

Mcafee has to come out faster with the issues with internet explorer and firefox. If it takes months to get updates what about viruses, adware, malware and trojans which come out everyday? What about firewall issues with these software and so on. Mcafee product line for 2012 better impress us all or mcafee is going to get left behind by all the other companies like Norton.

Wake up Mcafee!!!

Your daily (sometimes more often) update includes 1000's of new detections for viruses etc.    These fake anti-malware pests are probably what you are referring to and all the anti-virus applications have problems with most of them, hence the need for specialist tools.  However that's not what this thread is about.

It's not just SiteAdvisor that's effected,  Norton's equivalent toolbar is also having to go back to the drawing board, so in that regard your statement is erroneous.  Even Google Toolbar has been disabled.  In this instance blame Mozilla for completely rewriting their code every month or so with very little warning.

This outage is to redesign SiteAdvisor so that future updates wont effect it.   Read the Announcement at the top of the SiteAdvisor section.

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Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 24/06/11 6:37:04 EDT PM

Re: Latest firefox update and Site Advisor issues

I've taken plenty of swipes at SiteAdvisor recently, but this is not something to criticize them for.

Firefox has now gained enough market share that its users can no longer rely on "security through obscurity." You aren't safer just because you use FF. The bad guys are looking for FF vulnerabilities just as enthusiastically as they did for Internet Explorer. And the volunteers at Mozilla are scrambling to fix them, releasing new builds for testing almost every night. The vulnerabilities don't last long, because FF does update so often.

You want a browser that isn't vulnerable in the first place.  Dangerous sites may not come to SA's attention for hours, days or even months before someone reports them. It was never the case that a green rating from SA was a guarantee of safety. The only difference this month is that people are more aware of their responsibility for their own safe browsing.

It's not the ideal situation. You'd like to be able to launch an application and be 100% safe. It's not going to happen. There is a lot of money to be made by infecting other people's computers with Trojans, and the bad guys are constantly looking for new ways to do it. You must be part of the fight. You have to use your judgment about where you browse and what you download, no matter how many layers of protection you have. During this month, you'll just have to be more aware of that responsibility, but it was always there.

Reliable Contributor Hayton
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Message 15 of 58

Re: Latest firefox update and Site Advisor issues

Peter (Ex_Brit) is advising people to use WOT in Firefox until the SiteAdvisor rewrite has been completed and (more importantly) fully tested. WOT ratings are arrived at by user consensus rather than by automated testing, so it's not a direct replacement for SiteAdvisor; but it's a good alternative, and seems to be unaffected by the FF5 update, so I agree with Peter that if a user doesn't have WOT in Firefox already they should get it. For the next few weeks that may be all there is.

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Message 16 of 58

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Or we can go back to IE9.

Reliable Contributor Hayton
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Message 17 of 58

Re: Latest firefox update and Site Advisor issues

A lot of users prefer Firefox, for a whole host of reasons. Some of them aren't too happy right now though. In addition to SiteAdvisor and Norton it appears from the Mozilla forums that Google Toolbar, Yahoo Toolbar, Kaspersky, Trend Micro and (perhaps) AVG won't work with FF5. WOT seems to be okay, I've seen no reports about it yet.

Reliable Contributor exbrit
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Message 18 of 58

Re: Latest firefox update and Site Advisor issues

Well their ire should be directed towards Mozilla, where I doubt they'll even get a response.

Reliable Contributor Hayton
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Message 19 of 58

Re: Latest firefox update and Site Advisor issues

On this SiteAdvisor issue I'm doing it for them. I ought to get, at the very least, a "Like, Awesome" T-shirt.

Message was edited by: Hayton on 25/06/11 01:25:56 IST
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Re: Latest firefox update and Site Advisor issues

You deserve a much better reward than that Peter.