Are you annoyed by webpages that play videos automatically? Solution!

A happy tip of the biretta to one of the smartest talk radio show personalities in these USA, Vicki McKenna for the following.   Thank you! Thank you!

I pick this up from one of her tweets:

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Also, you can follow me on Twitter… I’m just sayin’…


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  1. Mike says:

    She didn’t mention the Opera browser (to which I moved when I ditched fascistic Firefox), but autoplay can be disabled there too; under Settings / Websites / Plug-ins, select Click to play.

  2. Juergensen says:

    Best Internet tip I’ve come across!

  3. KevinSymonds says:

    I am not an avid reader of breitbart, but it is one the worst offenders for this.

    I have also noticed that on YouTube, people are putting the little text balloons right over the play bar. This way, you can’t get rid of them as when you try, the play bar keeps popping back up.

    Tricksy they are. Real tricksy.

  4. Franko says:

    I don’t have words for how happy I am right now. Thank you!

  5. OrthodoxChick says:

    I’ve been following you on twitter for over a year now, if not more. So far, my favorite Fr. Z. tweets were your live tweets during the presidential debates.

  6. Disabling scripts usually has the same effect as well, and Internet is not at all safe for anyone who runs with client-side scripts enabled. In Internet Explorer, it’s Tools/ Internet Options/ Security/ Custom Level/ Scripting and select either Prompt or Disable. I prefer Prompt because it lets me allow the scripts if I really, really need to get to the web site, but Disable makes just as much sense and can be more tolerable than Prompt. If I have to visit a site regularly and I really have to trust it, I add it to Trusted Sites instead. Between disallowing client-side scripts and not running with administrator privileges, I almost never have problems with malware.

  7. I got distracted and forgot to add that disabling scripts makes most of Internet unusable, but that says more about the state of Internet today than about the wisdom of not allowing others to reprogram your computer at will without warning.

  8. poohbear says:

    Thank you so much for this. Best. Tip. Ever.

  9. everett says:

    I’m with Andrew that dealing with scripts is another way to address this issue (and many others involving popups, ads, etc). I’m a big fan of the plugin “NoScript” for this purpose. The downside is that you have to be comfortable telling the plugin which domains to allow scripts to run on and which to not. However, as a result of using NoScript and AdBlock, I haven’t seen an unwanted ad in who knows how long, plus don’t have any pop-ups or obnoxious videos running without my permission.

  10. Reconverted Idiot says:

    Agreed with everett. NoScript is also a good way to learn who is inviting who else along. AdBlock is excellent too. Under Chrome I typically use Ghostery.
    For those worries about Internet Explorer, the latest version from Microsoft is reputed to be very good indeed, with none of the problems (security and functionality) which plagued previous offerings. It’s also the fastest in my private benchmarks (I use all 3 mainstream browsers for different purposes), and has a native 64bit version for extra geek-points.

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