Script blocker browser addons (sometimes referred to as ‘browser extensions’) are very handy browser tools that provide another level of browser assurance and protection in addition to your antivirus and firewall apps. The major benefit is that these blockers stop third-party content (scripts) before they load into the browser i.e. cross site scripting (XSS); clickjacking and stop websites from tracking your surfing behaviour.They do however require some user input (from time to time) and some understanding of what scripts you should allow/disallow.
Internet Explorer 8/9/10 – IE doesn’t use script blocking addons/extensions but IE does indeed use what Microsoft calls ‘InPrivate Browsing mode’ (a basic sandbox compared to Sandboxie) and you could always make sure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is enabled. TIP: ActiveX is only applicable to Internet Explorer, but you go to ‘Tools’; ‘Internet Options’; ‘Security’; ‘Custom level’; ‘Security Settings’ in the ‘Internet Zone’ to check/block ActiveX, Java Applets and Scripting, but I’ve not found it very user friendly (too many annoying prompts for my liking). I’d suggest you use the FREE Sandboxie virtual browser in this instance.
If my readers find any new addons/extensions or useful utilities for managing browser scripts, then drop me a line. Would be great to hear from you!
Safe surfing folks!