Site-specific permissions for Firefox’ opt-in plugins
20 April, 2012 § 18 Comments
Today I landed an implementation of site-specific permissions for Firefox’ opt-in plugins. I previously wrote about Firefox 14′s non-default support for opt-in (also known as click-to-play) plugins last week.
That blog post garnered a lot of attention. Over 25 news sites covered the news, and the blog post was viewed close to 3,000 times.
Many people downloaded the Nightly version of Firefox to test out the feature, and a few people have told me how they are now using the feature full-time. Today’s addition of site-specific permissions makes using the feature much easier.
With site-specific permissions, users can whitelist sites that they visit often and trust. Sites that are whitelisted will activate plugins automatically upon load.
To add site-specific permissions, click on the plugin block in the location bar. The doorhanger that appears contains a dropdown with options to: Activate plugins; Always activate plugins for this site; Never activate plugins for this site; and Not Now.
To manage these permissions, users can click on the site-identity block next to the website address. From there, click on “More Information…“. The Page Info dialog will now appear. Clicking on the Permissions tab of the dialog will show any site-specific permissions that are stored for the current site, as well as the ability to change any of those permissions.
This feature will remain disabled by default in Firefox 14. David Keeler is also helping implement the feature, and has most recently been working on adding the ability to only enable plugins of a specific runtime (Flash, Java, Silverlight, etc). For more information on the status of the feature, see our feature page for Opt-in Activation of Plugins.