A VC writes:
One of the main attractions of Firefox is the lack of spyware and associated stuff like popups that you get when you switch.
Well at least for me, that’s over.I got about four or five Firefox popups last week. The one shown above was courtesy of Panasonic.
I’d be curious to find out if this is happening to others.
Yes, it’s happening here. The makers of some types of popups have figured out how to work around Firefox’s popup blocker. Not only that, but apparently the Movable Type (blog software) Quick Post shortcut actually turns off the Firefox popup blocker!
This, by the way, is yet another piece of evidence that Firefox (although it is a wonderful bit of software) is not a magic bullet of security. As it gets more popular, it will get attention from the people who make popups, spyware, and other annoyances. Anyone want to bet on how long it takes before the first piece of spyware gets installed through Firefox?
Update: I created a clean Firefox profile and the browser is correctly blocking popups again. This suggests that an extension (probably related to tabbed browsing) is to blame. Is the incredible popularity and utility of Firefox extensions a double-edged sword?