At Mozdev Group, we’ve been having a fruitful working relationship with EarthLink. Phase 1 which wrapped early in the Summer was a toobar beta installed globally via XPInstall. Phase 2 which finished a few weeks ago, ported the toolbar to the Extension Manager, added some new features and bug fixes to the toolbar, and included the implementation of an EarthLink theme for Firefox. Not only are the EarthLink folks professional, but they are fun to work with and have a genuine interest in Mozilla technologies. We look forward to futher dev cycles in the future.

EarthLink Tools for Firefox

Now about the toolbar. At it’s heart is the ScamBlocker, an innovative and effective (I use it) anti-phishing component developed by EarthLink. We provided the hooks into the UI for it. Other features include toolbar access to Firefox’s popup blocker, integation with EarthLink’s Protection Control Center (PCC), news feeds, and a search box with various choices. The theme looks pretty slick too.

NOTE: The tools are targetted for Firefox 1.0.7 on Windows only. However, they will install on other platforms and should maintain almost all functionality, with the exceptions of the ScamBlocker which will be disabled and the PCC which is a Windows only application.

News of the tools went out to the (millions of) EarthLink subscribers in their newsletter a couple of days ago. The tools, however, are available to everyone. Go and give them a try!

http://www.earthlink.net/software/nmfree/firefox/

UPDATE 2006-01-20: As Joe points out in comment 11, the toolbar and theme are now available for Firefox 1.5.

EarthLink Tools For Firefox

11 thoughts on “EarthLink Tools For Firefox

  • 26-Oct-2005 at 13:02
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    Since Earthlink has released this so close to the release of FF 1.5, any idea of the state of their plans for a 1.5 update when the time comes?

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  • 26-Oct-2005 at 13:54
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    I find it a bit odd that upon clicking your above link, the (I guess) Earthlink extension wants to install itself automatically. I sure don’t like this sort of behavior.

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  • 26-Oct-2005 at 14:00
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    Would you be kind to tell me the name of Theme used on the picture and were to find it?
    Regards,
    Rainer

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  • 26-Oct-2005 at 14:10
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    kelvin273: 1.5 is not supported because it is not an official release yet. I don’t know EarthLink’s plans at this time.

    florian: Which link? I don’t see any such behavior.

    Rainer: It’s the EarthLink theme, that will be installed automatically when you install the tools from the page linked to at the end of this article.

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  • 26-Oct-2005 at 14:59
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    From link:

    [body onload=”installRelease()”]

    Evil!

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  • 26-Oct-2005 at 23:27
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    “ScamBlocker automatically alerts you before you enter a Web page that’s on our list of known phishers” doesn’t sound particularly innovative or effective. It does sound like it would slow down browsing, though, if it has to ping an blocklist server every time you connect to a new site.

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  • 28-Oct-2005 at 09:46
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    Jesse: The blocklist is stored on the local machine (and updated at regular intervals), but the SB also uses a set of hueristics to determine the risk of a certain page. These include such things as forms and location. It has been optimised so as to not slow down the users browsing.

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  • 29-Oct-2005 at 12:38
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    tools are targetted for Firefox 1.0.7 on Windows only

    was it idea of open-source firefox ? or do we have something like first official googlebar – only for IE ?

    so, should mozilla contribute in such project ?

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  • 19-Jan-2006 at 03:45
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    The Earthlink Theme and Toolbar are now available and working for Firefox 1.5! I downloaded them this evening and they have a great look. Very nice to finally have this!

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