Whenever I speak to someone who used NoScript for a day or two I'm told that the add-on is complicated and a nuisance.
NoScript, for those of you who do not know it, is an add-on for the Firefox web browser whose main feature is the blocking of scripts running on web pages you visit in the browser.
This includes advertisement, tracking, social media, many media embeds, other third-party scripts such as Discus and also first-party scripts required for functionality on the website itself.
The main issue that new users have with NoScript is that it can render websites inoperable. Elements such as video or audio playback may not work, comments may not show up or images may not be displayed.
Depending on where you go on the Internet you may experience this a lot or not at all. Facebook for example does not work if you don't allow the facebook.com domain in NoScript while you should not have any issues browsing ghacks.net without whitelisting anything.
Tips for new users
You need to understand that it takes time to get accustomed to NoScript and how it works. You will encounter websites and pages that won't work properly at first and it may seem a daunting task to whitelist them temporarily or permanently.
It gets better over time though. An added benefit is that you understand domain relations better as well. You identify ad serving domains quickly for example but also third-party services that many sites use for functionality.
Now You: Feel free to share your NoScript tips and comments below.Advertisement
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