Safy, Run Links With JavaScript, Plugins Disabled In Google Chrome

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 20, 2010
Updated • Jan 29, 2015
Google Chrome, Google Chrome extensions

Loading websites without scripts or plugins is one of the best security precautions, and the extension that I use for that is the excellent NoScript add-on which does that and a lot more.

In fact, NoScript blocks those scripts on all pages by default. There is not an equivalent for NoScript for Google Chrome, even NotScript, which comes closest to the functionality does not offer the features that NoScript offers.

Chrome users who want to open some websites while scripts and plugins are disabled have now another option.

The Safy extension for Chrome offers to open links in the browser in in iframe sandbox with both JavaScript and all plugins disabled.

google chrome safy

Options provided are to open the selected link in a new tab in the same browser window or in the current tab. This works fine in most instances but not all the time. It is for instance not working when you are using Google Search.

An error message is displayed if Safy is used to display a search result in a sandboxed tab.

That's the biggest quirk right now. The other problem that some users may experience is that they cannot launch websites using Safy if no link is present. Say you are on a website and want to open it without JavaScript or plugins, or you want to enter a web address directly, or open a bookmark in the browser. Safy cannot be used in all of those cases.

Then again, it works very well for normal links on most sites. Ideal for opening a link on Twitter, Facebook or blogs in a safer environment.

Safy is available only for the Chrome browser. It can be installed directly from the Chrome extension gallery.

Update: Safy is still available but it has not been updated since 2010 which means that it may not be such a good idea to use it in Chrome as it may cause more issues in newer versions of Chrome.


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  1. ummm? said on November 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    These features (check content settings in chrome) are already available in Chrome 7 (stable version) and a more customizable experience for disabling plugins (click to play) will be available natively soon.

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