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Upcoming Firefox Click-to-play Feature Will Stop Automated Plug-in Exploits

By: Lucian Constantin, PC World

Mozilla developers are working on a new Firefox feature that will block the automated display of plug-in-based content like Flash videos, Java applets or PDF files, and will protect users from attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in browser plug-ins to install malware on their computers.

Known as "click to play," this feature has been present in the popular NoScript Firefox security extension for many years, as well as in other browsers like Google Chrome and Opera.

When click-to-play is enabled, the browser displays static images instead of the active content that requires plug-ins to be displayed. Users need to click on those images in order to authorize the loading of each plug-in-based element.

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