Ajit Monteiro

WMP Firefox Plug-In for Windows Vista

Posted in Firefox, Vista by amonteiro on January 4, 2007

While surfing the web on Vista earlier today I tried to play an embedded .wmv video, and got an error message saying no plug-in was detected, even though I had windows media player installed. Being somewhat impatient and lazy I moved on without trying to debug the problem. However while doing some random Digg reading I came across this solution…

“If you have Windows Vista and your running Firefox, you may have noticed that you cannot download the missing plug-in for embedded Windows Media. Microsoft doesn’t even offer the plug-in for Vista, however, you can download npdsplay.dll, npwmsdrm.dll, and npdrmv2.dll and manually place them into your “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins” folder. Viola, problem solved.”

Firefox: Display All Saved Passwords

Posted in Browsers, Firefox, Security by amonteiro on December 6, 2006

Looking through the menus of Firefox I noticed a huge security risk.

1. Go to Tools -> Options 

2. Click the Security Tab

3. Click Show Passwords to view all the sites and usernames

4. Click Show Passwords again and all your passwords are listed 

Of course if you forget your username and password for a website this is an easy way of recovering them, but any random person using your computer has direct access to all your passwords.

The solution is to set a master password

1. Go to Tools -> Options 

2. Click the Security Tab

3. Check Use a Master Password

4. Click Change Master Password to set your password

 Now to access your password list you will be prompted for your master password. I am quite surprised that a browser that has gained such a huge following, due to it having better security than internet explorer, displays user passwords in such an unrestricted way.