How to be Safer and Speed Up Your Surfing with this New Security Feature in the Firefox and Chrome Browsers

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Recently both Firefox and Chrome have added a security feature called “Click-to-play”. When enabled, it prevents certain plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Java, and Microsoft Silverlight from automatically running as you browse websites. As the name suggests, you click a specified blank placeholder on the webpage if you want the plug-in to play. Add-ons like NoScript already provide this option but the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox now have this security measure built in.

In addition to providing greater security, blocking Flash and other plug-ins makes browsing faster. However, not everybody likes to have to click something every time they want a function like Flash. So Click-to-play is not enabled by default in either Firefox or Chrome.

How to enable Click-to-play in Chrome

  1. Enter “chrome://chrome/settings/content” in the Chrome address bar (without quotes)
  2. Scroll down the configuration page that opens to the Plug-ins section (shown in the figure)
  3. Click the button “Click to play”

Chrome plug-in configuration

How to enable Click-to-play in Firefox 14

  1. Enter “about:config” in the Firefox address bar (without quotes)
  2. Agree to be careful
  3. Scroll to the plug-ins section (shown in the figure below)
  4. Double-click the entry “ plugins.click_to_play” so that the Boolean value reads “true”

Firefox plu-in configuration

A detailed discussion of this new Firefox feature is in the Freeware Forum at this link.

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