NoScript Extension Is Now Available for Google Chrome

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Firefox users have long enjoyed having a strong layer of  added security with the NoScript add-on. Now there's a version for Google Chrome.

NoScript adds an extra layer of security to your browser because JavsScript, Flash, Java are blocked from all but the site you choose, preventing security exploits and vulnerabilities.

If you want extremely safe browsing NoScript has it - it's good enough to be included as part of the Tor browser. 

When Mozilla decided on web extensions to build add-ons, it opened the door for add-ons to be developed across browsers, essentially allowing add-ons/extensions to be developed to work in any browser. Chrome users have been asking for a Chrome version of NoScript for years but until recently it wasn't possible.

The extension is still in beta, so NoScript's XSS (cross site scripting) isn't available in Chrome - it requires asynchronous processing of web requests which Chrome doesn't support right now. The developer is hoping to have a stable Chromium-compatible release by the end of June.

NoScript is a great addition, but it takes some time to get it set up so things run smoothly. This guide has almost everything you need to know.

You can find the source code at GitHub, and more details at the developers site.

Chrome users can find the official release of NoScript in the Chrome Web Store.

NoScript extension officially released for Google Chrome


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Thanks for this info! I will try it when it comes out in June or so. I don't really like BETA stuff LOL

You're welcome. I don't mind beta versions of some things, others I wait for a stable release. :)

NOT good here, sorry.
Running Chrome version 74.0.3729.108 (Official Build) (64-bit) on Win 10 Home version 1803 (OS Build 17184.706).
Searching for NoScript (or noscript aso.) in Extensions persistently gives this result: "No search results found".

Huh, that's puzzling.
The link to the NoScript extension in the article resolves to the Chrome web store here:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/noscript/doojmbjmlfjjnbmnoijecmcbfeoakpjm

And a search for NoScript in the Chrome web store brings up NoScript, Strip Nag Screen and Script Safe as results.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/noscript

Windows 8.1 Pro and 10 Pro (1803), running Google Chrome Version 74.0.3729.108 (Official Build) (64-bit).

Dear Ms. rhiannon [or Mr.? Why do I believe you are a lady? But I do... ;-) ]

Yes, it works if I copy and paste the link address into Chrome. It does not work if I search from within Chrome by going through Chrome's three dot menu, More tools, Extensions as viewable:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/108os62Sd-sN9-m7QiC2SdKZk3DEdFbT4/view?usp=sharing

Thanks for the amazing amount of time and effort you put into all this.

Yep I'm a lady, you guessed right. :)
Thank you for your kind words.

When I searched I used the chrome web store link in the apps menu on the bookmarks bar.

I searched againg using the same steps you did, and I'm confused. I thought chrome://extensions/ displayed the extensions that are installed on the browser?

I uninstalled it from Chrome so searching for it using the steps you mention gave no result, I installed it again and a search using the same search method displays the NoScript extension. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

No time to test but does it comflict with new MS Edge Chrome - Dev, Canary or maybe both? Thanks.

It's not available in the Microsoft Store as an extension right now. I haven't had time to check if it uses crx format and if it does, if extensions not listed in the store can be installed by dragging and dropping into the extension area the way it has been possible with Google Chrome (has to be done in Developer mode). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

does it play nice with U Block origin and Ghostery?
any incompatibilities with Vivaldi and/or other Chromium based browsers?

It's fine with UBlock Origin in Firefox.

In Vivaldi and Opera, it will install - though it will ask for permission to reload so it can work on every tab you have open after you install it.

If you open a new page it seems to function normally. I haven't tested it more than minimally on Chrome, Vivaldi, and Opera. UBlock Origin is installed on Vivaldi and Opera, though not in Chrome (I rarely use Chrome, usually for testing so ad blocking isn't installed).

It's still in beta, XSS (cross site scripting) isn't available and I'm sure there will be hiccups as it heads toward a stable release.

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