NoScript regulates how scripts are executed on web pages to stop hackers from gaining access to your login credentials or infecting your computer with malware. At first it can be frustrating as it blocks many sites you use regularly until you “teach” it more about your browsing habits – however once past this stage it becomes an invaluable resource that will make you feel safer online.
This free extension for Firefox and Chromium-based browsers prevents websites from executing scripts unless specifically given permission to do so, eliminating the risk of intruder scripts that try to steal your login credentials or force you into watching an unwanted video advertisement. Furthermore, it helps speed up Internet browsing by eliminating page noise like auto-playing media content that slows it down.
Adjust the global settings of a website by either clicking the NoScript icon in your browser’s toolbar (only visible in pinned tabs and popup windows), or right-clicking a webpage and using its context menu. A drop-down list gives you options to temporarily or permanently trust all scripts running on that site; but for best results we advise leaving NoScript’s default block as your best choice and let NoScript take care of everything automatically.
Another option for controlling NoScript options is selecting “Per-site Permissions.” This will open a window where you can set various preferences for specific websites; such as permitting “Fetch” and “Ping” requests from the dropdown, as these help manage requests more effectively. You can also choose which plugins should automatically load for all websites (unless explicitly whitelisted).
Once completed, NoScript will save these rules automatically and save time by not having to constantly return to the Options window and adjust them again. This is an excellent idea and will save time.
Additionally to the standard per-site permissions, there is an ‘Advanced’ tab that leads to a separate webpage with more advanced settings that you can control. While it can be slightly disorienting at first, exploring all available options will reveal their full potential and reveal just how powerful these controls truly are.
NoScript may not be user-friendly and its interface feels outdated and unpolished, while others saw it as well thought out and robust software with great security features that should only be considered by experienced users. Overall, however, NoScript remains very popular and is essential for anyone wanting more security online; though initially setting it up might take longer than expected until it ‘learns’ your browsing habits – though ultimately it is worth your while!