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No-NSFW: The Not-Safe-For-Work Warning System

16 Apr

Remember that time you got rick-rolled? Or that time your buddy linked you a site you thought was lolcats but opened up two-girls-one-cup? Fear no more, for a new plug-in for Firefox will help mitigate the risk of opening such pages. The new No-NSFW plugin is designed to warn you about links that open pages that are NSFW (Not Safe For Work). Unfortunately, it is a common Internet prank for someone to send you to a link that would read something innocent like cnn.com, but upon clicking, it opens up a website that is considered NSFW. This plug-in allows you to hover over the link in question and a small box shows up in the bottom-right hand corner of your screen. The box will show one of three options: NSFW, SFW (Safe For Work), or unrated. The database of known links is determined by user input- the more users there are that rate and vote on a particular website, the bigger and more reliable the database. Currently, the development team reports that the database is relatively small right now, but they believe that once this plug-in catches on it will be successful. Also, they report that in the future, they will work entire domains into their database, instead of just links. This is much more efficient than doing individual sites.

This entire project is a fantastic idea in my opinion. I have heard horror stories of employees being fired for accidentally clicking on inappropriate material while browsing the Internet. This is the perfect, low-impact tool to circumvent this unfortunate situation. Currently, the plug-in only officially supports Mozilla Firefox versions 1.5-2.0. With the upcoming release of Mozilla Firefox 3, I’m sure they will update their plug-in.

Over and out.

Steve

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1 Comment

Posted by on April 16, 2008 in Emerging Technology, Security

 

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One response to “No-NSFW: The Not-Safe-For-Work Warning System

  1. russwbeck

    April 17, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Thank god for whoever came up with this idea. Now you can’t Rick Roll me anymore and lemonparty.org will dissapear from unwilling computer screens across the globe!

     

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