NoScript Firefox Plugin – Whitelist, Blacklist, Graylist
NoScript also allows for a “temporary allow” setting which essentially is the same as regular allow, but sooner or later I click “remove temporary permissions.” When that happens, the regular allows stay allowed and everyone else goes back to not allowed.
I bring this up today because this morning, I removed temporary permissions and was stunned at just how many of my “main” sites are now needing their permissions changed. The issue is the large number of sites which I don’t know about. Some are ad services of course, but others are functionality that is served to site owners from elsewhere. Usually, these fall in the category of animations or other fancy things that, frankly, I don’t care if they load or not because I don’t really need those. But, sometimes that cripples the website because they do everything that way.
So, starting with this post, and permanently listed and archived on my NoScript Plug-in Graylist page will be sites that I get the time to investigate and make informed decisions on. You are free to use my list, make comments on the list, and make suggestions for the list. We’ll see where it all goes from here.
I am aware that there are various services and lists out there that publish various “blacklists” for NoScript. The problem is that what is an anathema to one man is fine by another. For example, I have no problem with Google Ads being displayed on a webpage. They are unobtrusive, and do not interrupt my browsing experience. So, if it helps a useful website stay in business by displaying some ads, then I have no problem with that. (I control my Google privacy in other ways.)
However, I despise those ad services that use programs to underline words (sometimes randomly so) and turn them into links which go to ads. For starters, that makes me afraid to click any links on the site even legitimate ones. Second, they almost always have a mouse-over bubble component that means innocent mouse movements create bubbles that get in the way of what I am trying to look at. So, I want those blocked no questions asked.