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How Safe Are Firefox Themes?
Do you use them?
coopster




msg:3268114
 6:50 pm on Mar 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Firefox Themes are slick looking. Some folks have gone through a lot of effort and have created very nice looking Themes for the browser. Just how safe are the themes? Is there any type of testing that is performed to make sure there is no malicious code or "phone home" trojans running under the covers?

 

bill




msg:3268672
 5:05 am on Mar 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

Good question coopster, I've wondered that myself. That's one of the reasons I have never used any themes with FF.

coopster




msg:3268931
 12:50 pm on Mar 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

I loaded a couple yesterday, it's just like loading an extension. I run some great protection on my workstations (including my Windows laptop) but am always security-conscious. I was just wondering what protection we have as end users trusting in community-developed extensions and themes?

LunaC




msg:3268998
 2:19 pm on Mar 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm not sure what testing (if any) is involved before themes are shown of the Moz site, but I do remember there being quite a delay between uploading and it being accepted.

I've never found anything malicious in a theme yet, but if you're curious what's in it before you install, you could save the theme instead of directly installing and pop it open. Winrar opens them just fine. If you're familiar with web code you'll be able to read and even edit them easily since most is just css and images.

bill




msg:3269654
 2:31 am on Mar 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

That seems like a lot of work to get some pretty buttons. It sounds easier to stick with the default.

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