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NotScripts Requires a Password to be Set

NotScripts Requires a Password to be Set

What the Password is For

A NotScripts password is required to be set for the initial use on a computer or if NotScripts was updated. The password is used to protect your privacy by preventing web sites from viewing the NotScripts whitelist caches. Due to technical limitations, you are required to open a file to set the password.

NotScripts caches some settings in the HTML5 local and session storage for each site visited to enable the blocking to work. These settings are the whitelist of sites that you allow scripts/iframes/plugins to run on. However, the HTML5 storage is also accessible by the sites you visit because it was originally meant for them to use for caching. To overcome this privacy issue, NotScripts encrypts the settings with AES-128 using the Standford Javascript Crypto Library to prevent access.

Instructions to Set Password

Setting your NotScripts password is simple once you’ve done it for the first time. Simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Navigate to the NotScripts Folder

Open the NotScripts Google Chrome extension folder. The location of this folder is shown below (copy and paste it into the location bar of a folder to get there):

  • Windows XP:   %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjhifogjcknibkahlpidmdajjpkkcfn
  • Windows Vista or 7:   %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjhifogjcknibkahlpidmdajjpkkcfn
  • Mac OS X:   ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Extensions/odjhifogjcknibkahlpidmdajjpkkcfn
  • Linux:   ~/.config/google-chrome/Default/Extensions/odjhifogjcknibkahlpidmdajjpkkcfn

Note: If you’re using Windows Explorer to navigate to the folder, you might need to set Show hidden files and folders in Tools > Folder Options… > View.

For convenience, it is recommended that you make a shortcut to this folder on your desktop or somewhere handy so that you can quickly reset the NotScripts password after an update.

Step 2: Open the NotScripts Password File

Right-click and select "Edit"

Right-click and select "Edit"

Open the file CHANGE__PASSWORD__HERE.js for editing. For Windows users, do this by right-clicking on the file and selecting Edit from the right-click menu. This will open up the file in NotePad for you to enter your NotScripts password.

Step 3: Set the NotScripts Password

Choose a password for NotScripts with the following restrictions:

Length: 20 minimum, 100 maximum
Allowed Characters: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ_1234567890
Spaces: Allowed

Put the password in between the quotes of the line that reads:

const ENCRYPTION_PASSWORD = "";

const ENCRYPTION_PASSWORD = "";

const ENCRYPTION_PASSWORD = “”;

Example: FNqzJmJBA1GQFhuXBmEq20MqEqbn55w3MtT
It should look like this after (except with your own password):

const ENCRYPTION_PASSWORD = “FNqzJmJBA1GQFhuXBmEq20MqEqbn55w3MtT”;

Save the file and close it when finished.

Step 4: Restart Google Chrome

Close and restart Google Chrome for the new password to take effect in NotScripts. You are done!

Backing Up Your Password File for Future Use

When NotScripts updates or you try to use NotScripts on a different computer for the first time with Google Chrome Sync, you will be required to provide the password. It is highly recommended that you store a backup copy of your password or password file somewhere handy for these purposes.

Clear Your Browser HTML5 Storage if You Change to Another Password

If you change to a different password, it is important that you clear your browser’s HTML5 storage so that the old encrypted caches for NotScripts are also cleared. This can be done in Google Chrome by clearing your cookies, which also clears the HTML5 storage at the same time. Otherwise, you will have to manually reload a few web sites for the first bit after changing to a different password.

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  • Bill said:

    This piece of garbage has hijacked my computer and will not let me delete it!!!

  • ericwong said:

    @Bill, you can review the source code of NotScripts to see that it doesn’t do anything malicious by saving the extension file from the Google Chrome extension gallery to your computer and unzipping it.

    To uninstall NotScripts in Google Chrome, click on the Wrench->Tools->Extensions and click on Uninstall beneath the NotScripts icon.

  • Sale said:

    How can I get the real path to this extension?

    I have installed it both on Chrome and Chromium and I can only edit the password for the Chrome Extension and Chromium extension dir is nowhere to be found???

  • Russell said:

    Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/ Does not exist on my mac apparently

    help

  • Irma Dalaknitzkova said:

    I have installed the Opera extension from https://addons.Opera.com/en/addons/extensions/details/notscripts, the version at the time of this writing is 1.1.0.

    The problem after installing the extension is that I cannot access the ‘Preferences’ — when right-clicking NoScript’s pyramid icon, they are greyed out. The same when trying to access them via [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[E].

    Double-clicking the pyramid icon instead of right-clicking it opens a blank/ window on the right side of the screen, which looks as if that was supposed to be the NoScripts settings screen. Helas, the window is empty, except for two links ‘Options’ and ‘Home’ at the top of it. Clicking them does not have any effect though.

    Disabling all other extensions does not rectify the problem.

    Is there another way to configure NoScripts from Whitelist to Blacklist and whatever else there might be to configure?

  • Michelle said:

    I have the same problem as Sale.
    The mac path is inaccurate.

    Sure did want to use this.
    Guess, I’ll uninstall.

  • joe said:

    I get a syntax error when I try to open the CHANGE_PASSWORD… folder. help!

  • joe said:

    nevermind, i was trying to OPEN it instead of EDIT. (smacks head)

  • Edgars said:

    I messed something up, I deleted the folder where the password has to be and now what should I do?
    Reinstaling wont work :(

  • Diana said:

    Hi,
    I am lost, I added NoScript to chrome and tried to open %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjhifogjcknibkahlpidmdajjpkkcfn but do not know where to put it to set the password. I can not get into any folders, please help with details. I am not very good at computers but I am trying. Thank you so much, Diana

  • Dmitry said:

    Hi, I completed all of the steps but one. How do you restart Google Chrome?

  • Ruprecht said:

    This procedure is way too complicated for regular folks. It suffers from the malady that so many software developers are infected with — the assumption that everyone who wants to use their stuff is a sophisticated computer user/engineer. If you really want to serve the user, then you will develop a procedure that works simply by clicking on a series of links and, most important, dump the use of computer jargon and write in just plain English.

  • Michael said:

    How do you set a password if you’re using the ChromeOS (just got the sew Samsung Chromebook)?

  • Man in the Middle said:

    Just got my new Samsung Chromebook 3G, and as hoped, it picked up the settings from my PC desktop copy of Chrome, including that I’ve installed notscript. However, it is now insisting that I set a password for notscript again on the Chromebook, even though I’ve already done so on the PC. The problem is, that on the Chromebook the only two locations accessible from the files app are Downloads on the Chromebook, and Google Drive in the cloud. So, how are Chromebook owners supposed to set the password? Note: I’m new to Chromebooks, but tech support for PCs.

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  • Bill said:

    This is not working for me, help please.

    Somewhat non-default install.

    -> *** WINDOWS 8.1 *** <-
    (This all works just fine in Win 7, Linux,…)

    Have Quick Launch on my toolbar. (Although it doesn't matter – I can drag the icon to the desktop and encounter the same behaviour.)

    Install Chrome and NotScripts, all is happy.

    Copy the Chrome Default directory to 'thisuser', copy and paste the chrome quicklaunch icon and add the –user-data-dir="..\User Data\thisuser" parameter to the target.

    Start Chrome with the new user – no workie.

    This 'thisuser' profile will only start with chrome 'run as administrator'.

    So run as administrator (until I find the solution to that). Fire up notscripts as usual, and so on and so forth.

    I cannot get past the password not set hurdle, even after clearing all browsing data (except de-authorise content licenses). (Even after that too, for that matter.)

    The only 2 instances of odjhifogjcknibkahlpidmdajjpkkcfn under C:\Users definitely have passwords set in CHANGE__PASSWORD__HERE.js

    Suggestions?

    - like I said this all just works before Win 8. (Mind you, UAC is turned off in Win 7. Turning it off on 8, including LUAenable=0, fixes nothing.)

  • Randolph said:

    I’m having problems similar to Bill. I had to delete my default user due to a configuration change. Now, setting the password doesn’t work even after clearing cookies.

    I suspect the password, or a password hash is buried somewhere where I can’t find it, but I can’t figure where.

    Any clues welcome.

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  • Daniel said:

    Hey,

    I’m trying to find the folder for the passowrd file on Ubuntu. Any hints?

  • D.J. said:

    For Mac users having issues finding the folder, it is HIDDEN. The easiest way to find it is to go to your home directory in Finder, click on the Go menu at the top, and then hold down your option key. The Library folder will appear in the menu for you to click. You can then follow the rest of the path to get to the password file.

    Now for my problem…

    It still tells me the password isn’t set, even though it is. I’ve reopened Chrome several times after saving and closing the file to no avail. Help?

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  • Tim said:

    Any tips for changing/setting this on ChromeOS??

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