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How Safe Are Firefox Themes?

Do you use them?

   
6:50 pm on Mar 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator coopster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



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

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Good question coopster, I've wondered that myself. That's one of the reasons I have never used any themes with FF.
12:50 pm on Mar 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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

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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.

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

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