1 02, 2011

Firefox’s Site Identity Button

By | 2016-11-21T17:58:22+00:00 February 1st, 2011|Categories: Web Development|Tags: , , |

A client recently asked me why their e-commerce site displayed the message “This site does not provide identifying information” when clicking on or mousing over the “site identity” button in the address bar in Firefox.

Site Identity ButtonLocation of site identity button in Firefox

Message displayed by non-secure site Message displayed after clicking on site identity button (non-secure page)

This button is actually used by Firefox to check the security level of the page (http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Site%20Identity%20Button).  The color and message displayed is directly related to the SSL certificate state of the page (secure/encrypted vs. non-secure) and, in fact, displays an entirely different message on secure check-out related pages:

Message displayed by SSL secured site Message displayed after clicking on site identity button (secure page)

Though you can turn off this functionality on your own browser (http://www.kensfi.com/how-to-disable-the-annoying-this-web-site-does-not-supply-identity-information-pop-up), it is not possible to change the setting on the web site itself, since it is a security feature for Firefox.

30 12, 2010

Add-on’s Galore!

By | 2017-02-23T17:15:42+00:00 December 30th, 2010|Categories: Web Development|Tags: , , |

About a week ago I was told that I’ll be getting a new computer and that it will be an upgrade in performance, hardware, and software. Of course I was extremely excited about this but also started worrying about all my files and settings on my current computer. William, our Systems Administrator informed me some of my files were already being copied over. As we discussed what would and would not be transferred I realized I had no way to sync up my huge collection of Firefox add-on’s. These tools are what make every job easier along with more thorough and efficient.

While searching solutions to this problem I knew I didn’t want to use any kind of software or have to write down every add on and search and install each one I just wanted to kind of take the list with me and reinstall from there. My chosen solution to the problem was making a collection via Firefox add-on’s and using Add-on Collector to sync it up. This is an add-on itself that allows you to share and sync your collections from Firefox. This made it extremely easy to create the list as well as sync it up to the new computer.

All in all I had 57 add-ons! Some I use daily and others I haven’t even had a chance to test drive. To check them out you can visit my collections page.