I’m making a post after a long time now…been busy with other stuff’s lately…
So, we’ve previously seen How To Compile Firefox 3.5b4 from source now in this post, I’m going to list some of my favorite Firefox addons for added security!
You’ve probably heard that Firefox is the safest browser…yup, it’s true…but what makes it safe? It’s the ability to extend it’s functionality with the help of addons. Yes, I agree that it has some inbuilt features to protect users, but the majority of the feature’s that help us to be safe on the web comes from addons.I’m trying to list some of my favorite addons here that help protect your privacy and secure you from online threats…here goes…
NOTE: This list is strictly in alphabetical order…
AdBlock Plus: AdBlock (as the name suggests…) blocks ads! duh! And it’s the first addon that I install on a newly installed Firefox, whether it be my own computer or a friends or a relatives or my neighbours! It has a comprehensive set of filters that blocks almost all ads on a website, this saves your bandwidth and also reduces page load times significantly. A highly recommended extension!
Better Privacy: This is an awesome addon too, but it doesn’t block ads What it does is safeguard your computer from the so-called ‘Super Cookies’. The only thing you need to know about ‘Super Cookies’ is that they are never expiring…and according to the creator of this addon: ‘This (Super Cookies) new cookie generation offers unlimited user tracking to industry
and market research. Concerning privacy Flash- and DOM Storage objects
are most critical.’ It protects from cookies that are set by flash objects (which the browser is not able to remove automatically), it’s a good addon, and if you’re paranoid (like me)…then this addons is for you!
FlashBlock: FlashBlock is one of my favorite addons, it prevents flash objects from automatically getting loaded! It’s a time saver I tell ya! The reason I like it very much is that it’s simple and effective, it adds a placeholder in place of all the flash objects in a page and it allows you to manually load them by clicking on them. I agree that it’s a bit annoying on sites that have flash navbars but you can always add a site in the exclude list!
LastPass: *This is also one of my favs and *highly recommended ones, it’s a password management addon so you don’t have to remember passwords ever! It stores your passwords online (on their own servers) and therefore you don’t need to backup your passwords if you ever need to reinstall. It is also by far the best password management addon I’ve seen!
*NoScript: *This is also one of the *highly *recommended ones. As the name suggests, it blocks all kinds of scripts from executing in your browser, which enhances privacy. It only allows websites that you yourself choose to run scripts…a really handy addon! Personally, I don’t use it that much, but I recommend it to users who need their top-notch security
Web Of Trust: *Another *highly recommended addon. It’s the best when it comes to detecting fraud sites, it has saved me alot of times from fraudulent websites that are hungry for your personal data It adds a toolbar button to the top (near the address bar) which changes color according to the websites rating in their database.
Dark green is 100% safe, light green is safe, orange is suspicious and red is dangerous (my own interpretation of the colors i.e not from the author ). It also adds an icon next to your google search results, so that you know (just by looking) how the site’s rating is. Awesome addon!
So, that wraps it…I hope you will find this list useful, I will add some more from time to time to this list, stay tuned
And oh yeah, I created a collection of these addons, so you can install them with easy you can find the collection here.
Did I forget an addon that you would like included in the list? Tell me in the comments