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Offline arthurk

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JavaScript - any need to disable?
« on: Wednesday 03 June 20 17:04 BST (UK) »
For some years I've used a JavaScript on/off extension in Firefox. With this, JavaScript is enabled unless I specifically disable it for a particular site.

Today my bank's log-in page wouldn't load for me, and after checking through my extensions I discovered that this one was blocking it. I think (but am not certain) I must have accidentally clicked on the extension's icon and disabled JavaScript for that site, as when I made sure it was enabled the site worked again. (The issue was definitely with this add-on, as the site worked normally when it was fully disabled.)

This has got me wondering - how important or useful is it to be able to block JavaScript these days? I sometimes used to block it on a couple of news sites which had a lot of irritating adverts, but most of the time now I completely forget I even have the add-on and hardly ever use it on purpose.

If I do continue to use an add-on like this, I'm probably going to change to one with an easily accessible list of sites where JavaScript is disabled, which my current one doesn't have, but part of me wonders if it's actually worth bothering, and if I should just let my browser and security software look after things.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this, please?
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