One of the two issues that I identified in yesterday's review of Opera's NotScripts extension was that it has not been updated for a long period of time. A script by the same name for Google Chrome, NotScript for Chrome, has also not been updated for almost a year now. Ghacks reader Vineeth just sent me a link to ScriptNo, a NoScript alternative for Chrome users.
The ScriptNo extension adds an icon to the Chrome address bar. The icon acts as a notifier that informs the user about the number of scripts that have been blocked on the current page. The icon color indicates blocked scripts (red), temporarily allowed scripts (blue), whitelisted parent pages but blocked scripts (white) or if the extension is disabled on that particular page (grey).
A left-click on the icon displays all blocked resources, the domain name and links to options and a quick start guide.
All script elements are blocked by default. Users now have options to change the preferred action for a particular script or domain.
When you change a script's state, e.g. from blocked to allow, the page will be reloaded to take that into account. If you click on the icon again you will then see that the script is listed under Allowed Resources and no longer under blocked resources. A clear button is added to those scripts to undo the preference change.
The options of the ScriptNo extension offer customizations. Here you can set the default mode of operation (block or allow) and allow or block specific HTML elements. The latter could be interesting for users who always want to see noscript contents on the page or audio and video contents. There is even an option to block images from being loaded automatically.
The options list four additional settings to configure the extension. Privacy Settings allow the user to configure the following features:
Behavior Settings include the following options:
The remaining settings include a whitelist and blacklist where all previously added domains are listed (with options to remove), and import and export settings.
New users should take a look at the quick start guide. The guide needs a bit of revamping considering that it uses terms that are no longer found in the extension. But that's not a big issue.
The extension is hosted both on the Chrome Web Store and on Google Code where the source code can be downloaded and analyzed. Google Chrome users who want NoScript like protection for their web browser should definitely take a look at ScriptNo, it is awesome.
Update: ScriptNo has been renamed to ScriptSafe.
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