Firefox 3 and Google Apps Email – Default mailto Handling

Firefox 3 has a cool new feature to allow you set default mailto handlers from the preferences. Here is how you can use Google Apps (GAFYD) as the default mailto handler.

1. In Firefox’s address bar, copy and paste the following and hit enter:

2. Click “I’ll be careful, I promise!� when the warning appears

3. In the “Filter:� field, copy and paste:

4. Double click the found result to change the boolean value from false to true

5. In the address bar, copy and paste the following:
javascript:window.navigator.registerProtocolHandler(“mailto”,””,”Google Apps”)

6. Replace “” with your own Google Apps hosted domain and hit enter

7. Click “Add Application� when it asks you a question

8. go to Edit > Preferences > Applications > mailto

9. Choose “Use Google Apps�

Best Facebook App? – Toolbar for Firefox

Everyone talks about how the applications within Facebook are awesome, which is true, they are, but they add on to Facebook. One app that I rarely hear about or see used though, the Toolbar for Firefox (

This toolbar is awesome. If you have Firefox open, which throughout the day you usually do – it will alert you when your friends’ profiles update, or you get new messages, etc. Toast message popup’s.

I have found that by having it, you get more out of Facebook, also the search feature for your friends is a pretty sweet Ajax type search, built into the toolbar.

I recommend that any Facebook junkie check out the toolbar! Get on it! Oh, and if you aren’t on Facebook – why aren’t you – sign up! And add me as a friend! (

Browser Wars: Handling a Phishing Site

The other day, I got an email from US Bank saying I need to login to their site and change my password, funny though, I don’t bank at US Bank. What’s the deal? A “phishing” attempt was made!

Phishing, according to Wikipedia, is: In computing, phishing is a criminal activity using social engineering techniques.[1] Phishers attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. eBay and PayPal are two of the most targeted companies, and online banks are also common targets. Phishing is typically carried out by email or instant messaging,[2] and often directs users to give details at a website, although phone contact has been used as well.[3] Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, and technical measures.

Woah, ok, long definition. What it means is someone tries to pass themselves off as someone else to jack your passwords.

Anyway’s, since I rarely get phishing emails, I decided to test out how Firefox 2.0 and Internet Explorer 7 (On Vista) compare as far as their phishing filters.

firefox_phish ie_phish

As you can see from the screenshots, Firefox on the left, Internet Explorer on the right.

Firefox puts a gray shade over the webpage, and pops a balloon up saying :”Suspected Web Forgery”. You can ignore, or get the hell out, which brings you to your homepage. You can clearly see in the address bar that the URL Address is not US bank at all, clearly a hoax. You can also report the site as not a phishing site if by some chance it isn’t.

Internet Explorer makes the address bar “red”, I am assuming meaning “stop!” It actually then displays an error message saying that it is a phishing site and gives a brief overview of the meaning of a phishing site. Two options. “Click here to close” (with a green shield, meaning, go, good) and “Continue to this website (not recommended)” with a red shield, stop, bad. Also they display the URL again in the page contents, and allow you to report it as not a phishing site as well.

Which one is the winner here? Hard to say. I think I like Microsoft’s implementation better, for a few reasons. First, they don’t show the actual image of the site like Firefox. Unsuspecting or unfamiliar users might see that US Bank site the way Firefox displays it and say, hey! that looks like it, so it must be OK. Where on IE, they get the error message, say WTF and close out. I like the red address bar on IE as well, and when you are on some sites (ex: Paypal) it is green, which is good as well. One place where Firefox might be better is in the terminology. They call it a “web forgery” where Microsoft calls it a “phishing website”, but to be true to what it really is, Microsoft is correct.

In any event both browsers are doing good in handling fake websites and making sure the users know they are about to get hoodwinked. A year or two ago, people would just blindly hit these sites and put in their username/password, and be taken to the cleaners.

Firefox Support

Most of my web developing has been for a corporate environment, where every browser was IE (or we could say – install IE!), but now I have to develop for the internet in general. Today I found that more Firefox issues are handled if you set your browserCaps in your web.config so that ASP.NET sees FF as a “Up Level” browser (and not something like Netscape 2.0!!). Granted that there are other CSS issues and formatting issues, but I found that the majority of issues clear up once knows about Firefox (and Opera, et al)

Good browserCaps reference

Firefox 100 Million Downloads+

Pretty much every tech blog has this as an entry lately. My only question is: Do they count every upgrade as a new download? And when did they start counting?


Every update I have done, have they counted it? And every install on every pc I have, and everytime I reload my machine? do they count those? I probably have 200 under by belt by now.

Makes you wonder how they count the “real”, “unique” installs