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13+ Firefox Addons to Improve Your Online Safety and Privacy

1. TorButton

Complete anonymity is not possible on the internet. Tor is the next best thing available. Tor is one of the best privacy softwares available. Tor is recommended by EFF, who is the biggest advocate of online privacy. TorButton will make it easy to make firefox use Tor. Though it is the best for privacy online, configuring Tor may be a bit of a pain for first timers. If you install Tor, it will install the TorButton Firefox addon also. To download Tor, visit the Tor website.

2. NoScript

If Tor is the king of privacy, then NoScript is the king of security. NoScript protects you by blocking unauthorized sites from running scripts and programs in your computer. NoScript offers protection against cross site scripting attacks, router hacking, click jacking etc. NoScript is very much recommended, no matter you are a newbie or an experienced user.

3. WOT

WOT provides you information regarding websites’ trustworthiness based on ratings provided by a global community of users. Users rate websites based on their experiences, so you can know if you can trust a site before entering it. WOT will warn you about sites with low reputation (read it as dangerous websites) and hence will protect you from scams, phishing sites etc

4. FoxyProxy

Proxies are the easiest means to get basic anonymity on the web. By using a proxy, you can hide your IP address and thereby your exact physical location from the websites you visit. FoxyProxy will make firefox access sites through proxies, hence hiding information about you. FoxyProxy has advanced features and newbies may find it a lil complex. In that case, you can use Proxilla, which is relatively easy to use.

5. BetterPrivacy

The tracking ability of normal cookies is low. So internet marketing and research groups have come up with a more persistent way to track users – Flash Cookies (aka LSO‘s). Flash cookies offer more storage – 100 kb, as opposed to the 4 kb offered by normal cookies – and can’t be removed as easily as normal cookies. An alarmingly large number of websites now use flash cookies to track users. BetterPrivacy can protect you from flash cookies.

6. Roboform Password Manager or Secure Login

It is not safe to use the same password with multiple sites. But keeping track of different complex passwords for different sites is difficult. Here is where password managers come to rescue us. Password managers can store login information securely and can make it easily and securely accessible for us. Roboform password manager offers everything you need – easy access, encrypted storage, form filling etc.

Secure Login is another powerful password manager offering lot of useful features and stuff.

7. Enigform

Enigform protects our data and traffic by digitally signing our HTTP requests (including AJAX calls). The technique used is pretty impressive. It brings OpenPGP signing and encryption to HTTP traffic. Please keep in mind that Enigform can work its magic only if the website you are visiting runs on a mod_openpgp enabled Apache web server.

8. CookieSwap

Are you logged into your email account and some other important websites and need to open a suspicious looking site. Doing that may compromise the your important accounts. Then CookieSwap is for you. This addon will let you switch your firefox’s profile, hence hiding the active cookies. This addon can also be used for signing into multiple gmail/yahoo accounts at the same time. This is a very useful addon which I previously reviewed here among 25 Incredibly Useful and Cool Firefox Addons for Geeks and Web Developers.

9. Ghostery

Every single website you visit is tracking you. They are spying you to know your personal details such as browsing habits, interests and even sexual orientation. With Ghostery, you can see who is tracking can learn more about them, such as their privacy policy etc. Ghostery also makes it easy to block tracking codes and cookies from sites of your choice.

10. Close’n forget

This addon can close the current tab and forget everything about the visit. Close’n forget will delete the cookies, history and every information about that site. (This addon MAY not clear all the data about your visit. Please check if it is working as it should before you try something serious)

11. LongURL

Now we come across shortened links every day in our life. Almost every link posted in twitter and email newsletters are now cloaked by some sort of a URL shortening service. It is really REALLY important to know where a URL is taking you before you click it. One normal looking wrong link can devastate you. The LongURL addon can find where shortened links take you. So be sure before you clink. (This addon don’t work with the latest version of firefox yet)

12. TabRenamizer

People always just love to watch over our shoulders and read the titles of our opened tabs. TabRenamizer is the solution against such prying eyes. With one click, you can rename your tab titles to something more.. serene.

13. Fission

Fission is not exactly a security or privacy addon. But it makes it easy for us to spot the domain name from the URL. Scammes and phishers (bad people) use URL’s closely matching to genuine ones to carry our phishing attacks. They may create a fake gmail login page at some location like www.google.com-accountLogin.some-domain-name.com. Such addresses are easy and inexpensive to create. Unsuspecting users may read only the www.google.com in front of the URL and type in their username and password thinking that it is the legitimate site.

I have stated the importance of taking notice of the address bar in a previous article – 7 Points to Stay Safe in the Social Web.

The Fission addon can highlight the actual root domain, making it easy to recognize fake URL’s. See below how the fake URL is easily spottable with Fission enabled.

So have you used any of these addons? Do you know or recommend any other security/privacy addon? Please share your knowledge with others through the comments.

 

14. HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is a useful addon developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading digital privacy advocacy group. This addon will enable secure connection when you connect to popular websites (if the sites actually support it). A version of this addon for Google Chrome browser also is available at the above link.

 

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25 Incredibly Useful and Cool Firefox Addons for Geeks and Web Developers

Hey guys, a lot of people (well, not so much 🙂 ) have asked me what Firefox addons am I using. Here I’m compiling a list of my 25 favorite Firefox addons. I cannot even think of surviving a day without most of them.

1. AdBlock Plus adblock-plus-icon

This is the first addon I always install when I freshly installs Firefox. AdBlock blocks annoying advertisements from websites and emails. Some people says blocking advertisements in websites is un-ethical and thereby we are attacking the ability of website owners to earn revenue from their efforts. Well, it is another whole talk, so it’s up to you. (Anyway I love it)

2. Web Developer ToolbarWeb-Developer-icon

An incredible MUST HAVE for all web developers. This addon is like a Swiss knife and has a lot of functions. Believe me, if you have never used it before, you will thank me once you install it and feel it. It enables you to manage cookies, images, java, javascript.. No no, I cannot even list them. Try yourself.

3. Firebugfirebug-icon

Another incredible one. This one is a little difficult to get used to. But once you get used to it, you will bow to it. Incredible tool for debugging your layout, analyzing and optimizing your sites performance etc etc.

4. Zoterozotero-icon

Like firebug, you may not like this addon on first bite, but if you are inclined to learning new stuff and taking notes, you will never again part with this addon. Very easy to save web pages, links and stuff. Every student who uses the internet for academic purposes in any way MUST have this. Once I downgraded my Firefox to an older version, just because Zotero was not working in the newer version of Firefox. (Now it is updated and works with the latest releases till date)

5. TryAgain addon

(Not compatible with Firefox 3.6)

This is a simple but very useful addon. If a page fails to load, this addon will keep trying until the page is loaded. Very very useful if you have a slow or not-so-good internet connection. This one was my fav with AdBlock, but this addon is not compatible with Firefox 3.6. I’m just hoping the author will update the addon soon.

6. Firesomethingaddon

Firesomething is not very useful, like the addons we discussed above. But I keep it for mere geek pleasure. This addon will let you change the name of your Mozilla Firefox to something else you like. It also has a set of preset random names. Right now, as of we speaking, the title of my Firefox reads – Mozilla SulpherMonkey. Isn’t that hilarious? (watever, I love it). You can also change the Firefox logo in the About box.

7. YSlowyslow-icon

Another pretty useful addon for web developers. Useful for analyzing your website’s performance based on several criteria. The best part is, it is developed by Yahoo!

8. User Agent SwitcherUser-Agent-Switcher-icon

A cool geeky addon. This addon can be used to fake your browser’s user agent. S’pose if a website is allowing access to only Internet Explorer users, then this addon can help you. I have narrated another cool use of this addon in my previous post.

9. FEBEFEBE-icon

FEBE Stands for Firefox Environment Backup Extension. With this addon, you can all your addons, preferences, saved passwords and a lot more. Also you can restore your backups at a later time. I recommend this addon very much. I owe so much to this addon for saving me a lot of time, work and data. (You can also export all your installed addons as a single installable addon)

10. Fissionfission-icon

fission

Fission is another geeky addon. Using this addon, you can combine your address bar and loading/progress bar, as in windows 7 and vista. Very geeky.

11. ColorfulTabscolorfultabs-icon

colorfultabs

Another super-geeky addon. This addon will give different colors to different tabs. Will look really attractive if you work with a lot of tabs open. (After installing this addon, I even thought the default tab color is boring)

12. MeasureITaddon

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A useful and handy tool for web and layout designers. This addon will enable you to measure the the dimensions of objects in a webpage.

13. CookieSwapcookieswap-icon

This tab will enable you to have and easily manage multiple profile in Firefox. Has other uses too. Suppose you have 50 tabs open in your browser and you have logged in you your GMail account. payPal account, blog and a few other sites. Suppose if you want to go out for a quick bite or something. It won’t be wise to leave the browser open and leave the computer if you are logged into many important site. And if you close all the tabs of just log out of those sites, it will be a chore to log back into each one of them when you come back. In that case use this addon and just switch to a different profile when you go out and you will be automatically logged out of all the sites. When you come back, just switch back to the previous profile, and you are logged in.

14. FoxTabfoxtab-icon

FoxTab is a cool addon that will let you flip through your Firefox tabs in 3D. The addon is highly customizable and stylish, and sure geeky.

15. View Source Chartview-source-chart-icon

This addon lets us view the source of web pages in an easy to understand manner. Different regions – head, body, divs etc are given in different, easily distinguishable colors. Handy. (No, it doesn’t highlight syntax)

16. xclearaddon

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xclear comes in handly when you want to quickly clear your address bar or search box. Give it a try, you will like it.

17. ColorZillacolorzilla-icon

ColorZilla is very useful for web designers. It comes with a color picker (eye dropper), with which you can find the hexadecimal color code of any element in a page.

18. Total validatortotal-validator-icon

Total validator is a one-stop all-in-one validator comprising a HTML validator, an accessibility validator, a spelling validator, a broken links validator, and the ability to take screenshots with different browsers to see what your web pages really look like. It is very easy to use too. The only problem is that it needs an internet connection to function.

19. TabRenamizerTabRenamizer-icon

This is an incredibly useful addon. It can be used to change the title and favicon of tabs opened in your Firefox window. You can rename all tabs with a shortcut. Comes in totally handy if you want to quickly hide what sites you have opened.

20. Locationbar 2locationbar-icon

Locationbar 2 will can segment the url in your address bar for easier navigation to other parts of the same site. I have described a use of this addon in another post – 7 Points to Stay safe in the Social Web.

21. Leet Keyaddon

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A cool geeky addon with which you can easily type in 1337, ROT13, Hexadecimal, Morse, Binary etc (and more) and type and encrypt text using DES and AES. This one is incredibly geeky and can be used to surprise your friends by quickly type in reverse or in 1337 (h4x0r) when you are chatting.

22. ReminderFoxReminderFox-icon

Easily manage your schedule and set remainders and alarms in your browser. This one is also a featured Firefox addon.

23. ScreenGrabScreenGrab-icon

ScreenGrab enables you to quickly takes screenshots of web pages. The best feature is that we can even decide whether to take the screenshot of only the visible portion or whether the whole page.

24. <
a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4664″>TwitterBarTwitterBar-icon

Post tweets directly from your browser. Minimal user interface and clean.

25. FireFTPfireftp-icon

A full featured FTP explorer right inside your browser. Comes in handy for web devs.

Now tell me what you think and what your favorite addons are. Also, give some love by using the social bookmark icons below.

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