Firefox users worldwide experienced something in the past couple of days that should never have happened; users with installed add-ons noticed that all of their installed browser extensions were disabled suddenly in the browser.
Firefox notified users that add-ons could not be verified and were disabled as a consequence. Mozilla introduced a security concepts called add-on signing in Firefox 48. The system required the signing of browser extensions so that they could be installed in Firefox.
Extensions without certificate or working certificate can't be installed in Firefox; while there are some options to bypass the requirement, loading add-ons temporarily or disabling the signing requirement in development versions of Firefox, it is enforced on the stable channel.
What Mozilla needs to do
The very first thing is obvious: the issue needs to be fixed for all users involved. Mozilla distributes a patch via the Shield service to Firefox Stable, Dev and Nightly. The organization ..
Some Firefox users started to notice that installed browser extensions were all disabled in the web browser suddenly. Extensions would display "could not be verified for use in Firefox and has been disabled" messages in the add-ons manager of the browser. Firefox would display "One or more installed add-ons cannot be verified and have been disabled" at the top as a notification next to that.
Affected extensions include LastPass, Ghostery, Download Manager (S3), Dark Mode, Honey, uBlock Origin, Greasemonkey, NoScript, and others.
Update: Mozilla started to roll out a fix for Release, Beta, and Nightly versions of Firefox. The fix uses Mozilla Studies, and you need to make sure that this is enabled to get it. Mozilla notes that you may disable Studies again after the fix is applied and add-ons have been re-enabled. You need to make sure that "Allow Firefox to install and run studies" is checked on about:preferences#privacy.
Solutions that may work in the meantime:
Microsoft released a new build for the next but one release of Windows 10, Windows 20H1. The new release brings the preview release to build 18890 and while it really should not affect Windows 10 version 1903, it does in this case.
Microsoft revealed that Friendly Dates won't make it into the May 2019 Update for Windows 10. The feature will be removed from Insider builds and anyone using an Insider build should see it go away soon.
Friendly Dates, also known as dates in conversational format, was added to preview builds of Windows 10 version 1903 in December 2018.
File Explorer, Windows Explorer in Windows 10, displays the date and time of a file by default when you open any directory in the file manager.
The format is DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM; it applies to all date columns including date modified or date created.
Note: You can add and remove headers from File Explorer to display additional date columns or remove existing ones.
Friendly Dates changed a date like 02/12/2018 09:30 to..
Microsoft announced three improvements in regards to privacy and data collection on April 30, 2019. The steps, revealed by Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Julie Brill, on the official Microsoft Blog, are designed to "give customers increased transparency and control over their data that is used by Microsoft's major products".
The three steps, categorization of data, increased transparency, and a new biannual privacy report, address feedback of Microsoft customers in regards to privacy.
Brill notes that customers are concerned about privacy, and that they want to know more about the data that Microsoft collects and how it uses the data.
In recent months we’ve heard from customers – especially those in Europe – with questions about the data that is collected from their devices when they use our products and services.
Microsoft faced some heat, especially from European Data Protection Authorities, e.g. from the Netherlands or France, over the company..
Mozilla will make changes to Firefox Add-on policies in June 2019 that are designed to improve user safety and privacy when using extensions.
Starting in June 2019, extensions may no longer contain obfuscated code. Caitlin Neiman, Mozilla's Add-ons Community Manager notes that extensions may still use minified, concatenated or otherwise machine-generated code, but that the source code needs to be included and that obfuscation is not allowed anymore.
Mozilla will improve the blocking process as well to block extensions "more proactively" if they violate policies.
The organization changed the review process from "review first, publish second" to an automated review system. Granted, add-ons are still reviewed manually which sets the process apart from how Google handles Chrome extension reviews.
Mozilla announced a new Recommended Extensions program in April to promote excellent extensions for Firefox. These would be reviewed before they are published, and promoted in various pla..
LastPass launched a new feature in the mobile versions of the password manager LastPass today that allows customers to recover their account under certain circumstances.
Password managers help users when it comes to password use on the Internet. They provide users with tools to create and use unique passwords everywhere. The database is usually protected by a master password that the user needs to enter to decrypt the password database and access stored passwords and other information.
Password managers may support other authentication options. KeePass, a popular free password manager supports key files or Windows user accounts.
Users who forget the master password are in a precarious situation as it is the only option to unlock the database unless recovery options are available.
LastPass Mobile Account Recovery
LastPass launched a new feature called LastPass Mobile Account Recovery today that introduces an option to recovery a LastPass account in case the master password is not a..
Ivacy has been around for a long time, and that is a good sign for VPN providers, some of which come and go rather quickly.
The deal gives you a lifetime Ivacy VPN account; it is good for 5 simultaneous connections, e.g. on desktop and mobile devices, supports P2P, unlimited bandwidth and speed, an Internet kill switch, support for multiple protocols if you need them, and a strict no logging policy.
Ivacy VPN supports other features such as a dedicated KODI app or malware protection. The Singapore-based company operates servers in over 50 countries currently.
You can grab a lifetime subscription for the service for just $39.99 currently.
Click here to open the Ivacy VPN deal on Ghacks Deals
Not for you?
If this particular offer is not for you, you may want to check out other VPN offers on Ghacks Deals.
Fine print: make sure that you check out the specs and terms of the deal.
Disclosure: The deal is provided by StackCommerce in partnership with Ghacks Technology News; you need a..
KeePass 2.42, a new version of the KeePass password manager for Windows (and other operating systems) was released on May 1, 2019.
The new KeePass version is a major update; it introduces new features, makes improvements across the board, and fixes several crashes as well.
KeePass may notify you about new updates but the password manager comes without auto-updating functionality. You need to head over to the official project website to download the new version to your system. A portable version and installer is provided. You find links to KeePass ports for various operating systems, mobile and desktop, on the same page.
KeePass 2.42 comes after KeePass 2.41, released in January 2019. It is the second KeePass 2.x release of the year.
First thing that veteran KeePass users will notice is that the Edit menu is no longer available. KeePass features Group, Entry, and Find menus now and these contain all the options that were placed under Edit previously.
Another new featu..
Google started the roll out of new privacy controls for its customers on May 1, 2019 that allow Google customers to configure auto-delete parameters for Activity data that Google collects.
Customers may enable auto-delete to have data deleted automatically when it reaches a certain age. As is the case with most Google features, the new functionality will roll out in the coming weeks to all Google customers.
Google records activity by default and customers of Google, free or otherwise, may manage some of these on the company's Activity Controls page. First released out in 2014 and updated several times throughout the years, Activity Controls is one of the central management locations that Google provides to its customers when it comes to data collecting and privacy.
The current iteration of the page gives users control over Web & App Activity, Location History, Device Information, Voice & Audio Activity, YouTube Search History, and the YouTube Watch History.
Privacy conscious u..
Microsoft published the missing cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1809 on May 1, 2019. The company publishes two cumulative updates for all versions of Windows 10 that it still supports each month.
One on the second Tuesday of the month and another later on that addresses issues mostly. The first update patches security issues and fixes bug, the second fixes bugs only.
The second cumulative update for the most recent version of Windows 10 gets delayed regularly. Microsoft published the updates for earlier versions of Windows 10 -- Windows 10 version 1607 to 1803 -- last week already.
While the company never mentioned why updates for the recent version gets delayed, it is likely that the bad release quality of Windows 10 version 1809 has something to do with it.
Last month's patch for Windows 10 version 1809, KB4490481, arrived late as well. Note that I ran into a System Service Exception error last month when I tried to install the update on a PC. I did not have time to..