Monday, June 27, 2005

Safe Firefox Installation

The safest way to install YubNub is to make a Firefox keyword for it. If you're using the Firefox web browser:
  • Go to YubNub and right-click the input box
  • Click "Add a Keyword for this Search"
  • For the Name, enter "YubNub", and for the Keyword, enter "y"
  • Press OK
Now you can use YubNub directly from the address bar. For example, try typing "y gim porsche 911" into your address bar. Don't forget the "y" in front!
You may have noticed that I said that this the "safest way" to install YubNub. Why safest? Because you must explicitly enter a "y" before the YubNub command. This prevents "command spoofing".

For example, suppose someone made a "michael" command. If you typed "michael jordan" into YubNub, intending to do a search, you would instead go to the site of the person who made the "michael" command. Rats! But if you installed YubNub into your Firefox address bar as described above, typing "michael jordan" into your address bar would do a search for "michael jordan", as you intended. The only way to get to that other person's site would be to type "y michael".

If you like to live on the edge like me, you can try one of the alternative installation methods, many of which do not require an initial keyword like "y".



Update: You can also install YubNub as a keyword in Internet Explorer by installing this registry file (made by Richard Frankel).

2 Comments:

Blogger Judielaine said...

Cool! This gets around the very annoying problem with IP addresses and URLs in the command line when just using yubnub as the default keyword parser in firefox.

6/28/2005 11:10 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Hi Judith - Good point about how the keyword solves the Firefox punctuation problem.

6/28/2005 7:20 PM  

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