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Firefox to block Silverlight and Java -- but not Flash

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    Firefox to block Silverlight and Java -- but not Flash


    To improve security and cut crashes, Firefox will block plug-ins including Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Reader, Apple's QuickTime and Oracle's Java, Mozilla said.

    Only the newest version of Adobe Systems' Flash Player will be run by default, said Michael Coates, Mozilla's director of security assurance, in a blog post yesterday.


    Read more at source:
    Firefox to block Silverlight and Java -- but not Flash | Internet & Media - CNET News

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    could cause a few problems, how many web sites etc use java for example. I see it backfiring. I have already changed default to chrome due to firefox causing problems.
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    They are still giving users a choice:
    Firfox will disable the execution of non-Flash plug-ins by default with a feature called Click to Play that lets people run each plug-in on a particular Web page if they choose.
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    This is a wise choice considering Oracles apparent inability to fix the holes in Java.
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    How many ...


    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    could cause a few problems, how many web sites etc use java for example. I see it backfiring. I have already changed default to chrome due to firefox causing problems.
    Indeed, how many websites use Java?

    IMO, it must be a minuscule percentage.
    I don't have it installed and I can't ever recall seeing any "complaints"/warnings about it, when I surf the Internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by averchat View Post
    They are still giving users a choice:
    Firfox will disable the execution of non-Flash plug-ins by default with a feature called Click to Play that lets people run each plug-in on a particular Web page if they choose.
    danke much
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    Interesting. I'm running Firefox 18.0.1 and have my Adobe Reader, Silverlight plug-ins running and haven't experienced any crashing issues due to them being enabled. I did disable the Java plug-in due to the security concerns. The click-to-play feature sounds useful and hopefully "remembers" the website.
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    Kaspersky 2013 reports Java downloads as 'dodgy' and asks if I want to continue. I am on FF 19 when I run it, nothing on the java side has gone wrong, its just bloody FF does not like Win 8
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    I have avoided using java, It’s unnecessary excess baggage if a program requires it I simply
    Find another program that does not use it, never had problems surfing the net.
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    What a stupid idea by Firefox. If it was optional, then fine. but it's a decision that should be mine to make, not the software or its creators. It's a pet annoyance of mine with MS as well, at present. Oh, and I've never had an issue with any of these programs, nor have I met anyone who has, and suspect that the number of people who have issues has been massively exaggerated.
    Wenda.
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