How to stop websites from asking for your location in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

We’ve already looked at how to turn off location services in the Windows 10 Creators Update. But the operating system isn’t the only way your location gets used. Your browser can also serve up your location, though by default most browsers ask your permission before doing so. If you don’t wish to get those requests, here’s(…)

How to jazz up your Firefox new-tab page with the upcoming Activity Stream feature

Later in 2017, Mozilla plans to revamp the new-tab page (again) with something called the Activity Stream. For a while now, Mozilla has thought about turning the new-tab page into a kind of home base for your browsing activity. The browser maker thinks it’s finally hit on something that users will find useful. But you(…)

How to change Windows 10’s default web browser to Chrome, Firefox, or Opera

When you upgrade to Windows 10 from another version of Windows, the operating system pulls a nasty trick that could confuse non-techies that don’t know how to go digging around in system settings. The express installation option—a.k.a. the one non-technical users will choose—automatically sets your default web browser to Microsoft’s new Edge, even if you(…)

Min Vid Test Pilot experiment gives Firefox a YouTube picture-in-picture mode

Firefox has a Test Pilot experiment that hardcore YouTube fans will want to grab right away. The new experiment is called Min Vid, and it allows users to watch YouTube videos in a “picture-in-picture” mode. That way you can continue to browse and get work done while still watching your video. But that doesn’t even describe(…)

Stop HTML5 autoplay videos in Chrome, Firefox, Opera (but not Edge, Explorer, Safari)

Allan H was having issues with videos autoplaying in his browser (imagine that!), and read the previous article on this topic written by my esteemed colleague. Unfortunately, the links provided for Chrome in the article are no longer working, so I decided to update his article and address a few other browsers too. The backstory here(…)

How to make sure you’re using the latest version of LastPass for Firefox

I’m a big fan of browser-based password managers such as Dashlane and LastPass. But these solutions aren’t perfect as we recently discovered. Earlier this week, LastPass users got a shock when Google Security Team researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered a critical flaw affecting LastPass 4.0 users on Firefox. The security hole allowed for remote (and complete) compromise of(…)