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The Protector Link extension adds the noopener attribute to links (third-party only) and prevents websites from accessing the opener window. The Protector Link add-on is designed to enhance your online security.
If the link opens in a new tab and does not have an opener attribute (rel=noopener), this extension adds the opener attribute to the link to prevent the new window from accessing the opener window. This addon only works when the links have a third-party href it won’t do anything if that’s not the case. By adding the noopener attribute, you’re potentially improving your security and privacy. That’s because the third-party website can’t access the opener window (the tab in which the hyperlink was opened). So other websites won’t be able to get exposure to your online data.
Reasons to use the Protector Link extension
- The toolbar button serves as an ON/OFF switch.
- The Toolbar icon changes hue when it is switched ON or OFF.
- This addon is designed to use minimal RAM and CPU, making it ideal for those who want to save on resources.
- Adding the noopener attribute to links improves your online privacy and security.
- You can use this extension on any operating system with Firefox, Chrome, Edge or Opera browsers.
1. What is Protector Link Extension?
This extension is meant to potentially enhance your online privacy and security. If the link opens in a new tab and does not have an opener attribute (rel=noopener), this plugin adds the rel=noopener attribute to the link to prevent the new window from accessing the opener window (previous tab). This add-on only works if the links have a third-party href, as it won’t modify any elements otherwise. It may improve your online security and privacy by including the noopener attribute since the third-party site has no access to the opener window (the tab in which the hyperlink is opened), so your online data will not be shared with other websites. The button on the toolbar serves as an ON/OFF switch to quickly change the extension on or off. The badge image displays how many links are being altered. This add-on does not have separate options or a settings panels.
2. What are the requirements for using this addon?
The addon is automatically activated when installed (the toolbar icon will be green). Once you start browsing the internet as normal, the addon will detect third-party hyperlinks without the noopener attribute. The hyperlink attributes and badge icon text on the active tab will then update to show how many links are affected. Please keep in mind that this extension only affects links that open in a new tab. If you turn off the extension, all hyperlinks will be restored to their former condition (with rel attribute). To disable the plugin, please click on the toolbar button once after the color changes to grey; it is deactivated. All of the affected links will revert back to their original form.
3. Can I allow a website in this addon?
I’m sorry, but currently there is no way to whitelist a website with this addon. When the add-on is active, every hyperlink in all tabs will be updated.
4. How do I ON or OFF the add-on feature?
Please press the toolbar button to turn it ON or OFF. The addon is active when the icon color is green, and inactive when it is grey.
5. Does this addon have any options or settings that can be adjusted?
No, as previously stated, this add-on does not have a preferences or settings page.
6. Should I keep the addon active all the time?
Yes, it’s advised to keep the extension installed as long as you have no problems surfing the web. Because this plugin prevents third-party sites from seeing the opener window, it may help protect your online privacy and security. Please be aware that this addon will not detect any malicious link, but it will prevent the new window from being able to access the opener window.