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ubunterooster
February 9th, 2010, 02:40 AM
In firefox under the "help" menu there is an option to report the site you are on as malicious.
1 I wanted to make sure everyone else was aware of this (I forget how many times I've used it [my older sister seems to be an expert at finding pages telling her she has viruses])
2: Is there something else I should do when finding malicious sites?

lovinglinux
February 9th, 2010, 07:11 AM
The built-in attack sites and web forgeries protection system is provided by Google. It is one of the first things I disable on a new Firefox profile. It only slows you down and sometimes freezes Firefox. For instance, I have cleaned up my profile and started from fresh recently, but for some reason, the option "Block reported attack sites" remained selected and I missed it. The result was that pages were loading painfully slow since then. Once I disable it, Firefox returned to life.

IMO, you should install NoScript (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722) and forget about that Google service. You could install WOT (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3456) (Web of Trust), which is a similar service. I never tested it tho, so I don't know if it would affect your browsing speeds.

Keep in mind that any similar service stores information about all sites you visit. You should read WOT privacy policy (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addons/policy/0/3456) before installing it.

See other security extensions at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1398857 and more Firefox optimization tips in the Firefox optimization and troubleshooting thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1193567).

ubunterooster
February 9th, 2010, 03:08 PM
I'll look into WoT. Thankyou; I plan to remove this from our computers...Except my older sisters, as she continues to tell me a few times a week one or another site says she has a virus

Georgia boy
February 9th, 2010, 08:50 PM
I've a question of WOT. Is that more of a Windows add-on than Linux? Wasn't sure. I read on it a long time ago and for some reason I was thinking that it was more of a Winodows.

Tom

dogdo
February 9th, 2010, 09:02 PM
I've a question of WOT. Is that more of a Windows add-on than Linux? Wasn't sure. I read on it a long time ago and for some reason I was thinking that it was more of a Winodows.

Tom

I always thought web of trust was platform agnostic. Viruses will mostly affect windows yes but phishing sites/social engineering will affects all os's equally including Ubuntu.

Georgia boy
February 9th, 2010, 09:10 PM
Thanks for the info. I might go and install this weekend.

Tom

Georgia boy
February 9th, 2010, 10:18 PM
I was in FireFox add-ons reading and saw one called LinkExtend-Site Ratings. Check it out. Looks interesting.

Tom

ubunterooster
February 10th, 2010, 12:14 AM
WoT works fine: I plan to remove google's stuff. Thanks again