Firefox Bookmark Permissions

Martin Brinkmann
May 30, 2008
Updated • Jun 19, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Bookmark Permissions is a security add-on for the Firefox browser that is compatible with Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 beta. The idea is to set specific permissions for individual bookmarks that override global permissions but only in the direction to reduce the permissions. If Javascript is enabled globally it can be disabled for specific bookmarks but it cannot be the other way round, which means that the add-on cannot turn on Javascript for a bookmark if it is turned off globally.

The following five permissions can be set individually for every bookmark: Images, Javascript, MetaRedirects, Plug-ins, Subframes. The values are default, enabled and disabled. Default is the standard value for each bookmark which simply means that the global permission is being used.

The add-on could come in handy under certain circumstances, e.g. visiting a website regularly but preferring to disable Javascript, subframes and plugins to access the site faster and securer.

One aspect that has to be mentioned is that this only works if the bookmark is opened in a new tab. I use the middle mouse button all the time for a while to open links in a new tab. It takes some time to get used to it but it works really well after a week.

Update:  The Firefox add-on has not been updated for the past four years which also meant that it was not compatible anymore with newer versions of the Firefox web browser.  The developer only recently updated the extension to be compatible with newer versions of the Internet browser. We have taken the liberty to review the latest version of the extension that is compatible with all recent versions of Firefox. Just follow the link here to the Configure permissions for Firefox bookmarks update and check out what's new.


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