NoScript started as a Firefox extension. Nowadays, many people consider it as one of the best security extensions for the browser. Created and maintained by Giorgio Maone of the Mozilla Security Group, this extension is now available for Chrome too.
So what does NoScript do, and why is it so popular? Keep on reading to see how it works and why you should start using it too.
What Does NoScript Do?
But disabling scripts does result in websites not working correctly or sometimes at all. So NoScript lets users choose ‘allowed’ and ‘trusted’ sites.
If a website is ‘allowed,’ the add-on doesn’t block the scripts for that one session until you close the browser. Sites in the ‘trusted’ camp can always load these scripts.
But NoScript also highlights a broader issue in today’s online community – the need for less invasive technology and more privacy. Other tools can help in this area too. Password managers, HTTPS Everywhere add-on, a good firewall, and a virtual private network, to name a few.
So it’s smart to use NoScript in conjunction with other useful security tools. Look at getting a VPN (NordVPN is a leading option) and a private browser (Tor and Brave are both solid choices). There are also other extensions (like Ghostery and Click&Clean) that work well and add another layer of privacy and security on top of NoScript.
The Bottom Line
It’s challenging to prevent every possible threat out there. Keeping browsers updated and using security add-ons is a great start. They might not protect against everything every time, but most people never have to face malicious exploits if they’re careful.
In the end, the biggest cybersecurity threats are the lack of knowledge and ignorance to use preventive measures. So, first, focus on cybersecurity in the areas where it matters the most. Learn how to spot phishing emails and scan your devices for malware. Browser add-ons like NoScript are only the cherry on top.