Mac Security: Firefox add-ons safe?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Are Firefox add-ons, extensions, plug-ins etc. downloaded from Firefox's site safe on a Mac? What about when an add-on updates? Does Firefox police any of this?

    I just read a USA Today article today about online Banks and browsers being infected and allowing hackers to get access to passwords and accounts. If you are interested:

    I'm not picking on Firefox, I happen to be using Firefox and that's why I am asking.

    Any thoughts in general regarding my question or the article? Thanks.
  2. Caleb531 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2009
    They are absolutely safe. The only ones that are possibly unsafe are ones marked as "not reviewed by Mozilla" (there aren't many of those).
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Mozilla has a review process that includes automated tools that scan the add-ons as well as some peer reviewing. There was an incident where the scanning wasn't being done properly and a few bad ones got through, but that was the exception. Here's an example of one such time where an experimental add-on had a trojan that effect Windows users. And here's an example where a virus came through the Vietnamese language pack. These are very rare though and haven't impacted OSX as of yet.

    So, yes they are considered very safe, though not always stable, but even that has gotten better over the years.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2010

    Cool, thanks for your replies regarding Firefox add-ons.

    Do we know anything about xMarks? Who they are? Would you trust them with YOUR passwords? Thanks.
  5. Caleb531 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2009
    If you're so concerned about safety, read the add-on's comments. It's a popular add-on, so I wouldn't really worry. :D

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