I actively work with Google’s Safe Browsing diagnostic pages. They are a great source of information if you know how to interpret them. I usually read several dozen such diagnostic pages a day. Unfortunately, the readability of the diagnostic pages is quite poor.
To make my life easier, I created a simple script that highlighted important information so that I could see everything I needed at a glance. I had been using that script for more than a year before the recent Firefox 4 upgrade broke it (the technology I used is deprecated now). This was a serious loss for me. Every time I opened Safe Browsing diagnostic pages (several dozen times a day) I missed my script. Even though I knew the page layout very well, it took significantly more efforts to extract the same amount of information. The difference was almost the same as you might feel when you have to use a touchpad instead of a normal mouse.
Finally I’ve reworked my script as a fully compatible Firefox 4 add-on. What a relief! And now that I know how such a simple thing can improve your productivity and what it means to get back to original Google’s formatting, I think it may be worth it to share this add-on with you. I actually think Google should revamp the diagnostic pages itself. But since they don’t change the look and feel of these pages for a few years, I guess I’d better off publishing my add-on so that anyone can benefit from it.
(You may see a warning when you click the “Download Now” button as the add-on hasn’t been reviewed by Mozilla yet.)
Currently it works with Safe Browsing diagnostic pages in English, German, Spanish, French and Russian.
Before: not suspicious
After: not suspicious
Once you install it, you can open any Safe Browsing diagnostic page and enjoy the improved look&feel. For example, here’s the diagnostic page for this blog:
Or you can construct a URL of a Safe Browsing diagnostic page for any site yourself:
replace (the <example.com/path> part with the address of the desired site/page)
Don’t forget that you can also find links to Safe Browsing diagnostic pages in Unmask Parasites reports (both for the pages that you check and the pages they link to).
Let me know what you think about it. Is there something that can be changed or improved? Your feedback is welcome.