A web browser is a gateway to the internet. Firefox is one of the best web browsers as it allows the addition of extensions that make your life much easier than it is. You won’t know how useful extensions are until you install half a dozen of them.
Extensions offer you an option to personalize the browser and to customize it in a plethora of ways. This customization allows installation of extensions that will change the way you use the browser. Hundreds of extensions give you many choices to customize your Firefox and make it easy to navigate the web and find data you want.
Extension that will protect you on the internet
Looking for better tools to help you avoid hackers, viruses, government censorship, and other hazards on the internet? Here are my personal favorite Firefox extensions that I use for anonymous and secure browsing.
Viruses and other malware often gain access to your computer via malicious scripts on a website you visit. NoScript allows you to disable scripts on all sites, except for ones that you trust. This blocks malicious code from installing viruses on your computer.
HTTPS Everywhere is currently being used in Tor. HTTPS Everywhere automatically encrypts your connection to any websites that support SSL. Using SSL makes it harder for hackers to access your data or for corrupt governments to censor content on sites.
Some websites use Flash cookies (also called “LSO”), which are difficult to delete since most browsers’ cookie clearing functions don’t delete Flash cookies. BetterPrivacy can be set to delete Flash cookies when the browser closes automatically.
Adblock Plus is a free Firefox extension that will automatically block ads and tracker cookies on websites. For Adblock, I use EasyList for blocking ads and Fanboy’s Tracker List for blocking tracking scripts.
User Agent Switcher
When you browse a website, your browser identifies itself using a “user agent” that tells websites what browser you’re using. User Agent Switcher allows you to spoof your user agent, which can help you stay anonymous online.
A proxy is a service that allows you to browse the web without providing your IP address to the websites you navigate. Several Firefox extensions give you access to proxies, especially fast and secure proxies. AnonymoX is the quickest and probably the most efficient proxy extension I’ve seen.
LastPass Password Manager
LastPass is an extremely reliable password manager for Firefox. LastPass stores your (heavily encrypted) passwords and autofills them into the appropriate website. This keeps your saved passwords safe from hackers. LastPass does require you to log in, to decrypt the passwords.
Cookie Monster is a cookie management extension for Firefox. I use it to block cookies from all sites; then I manually unblock sites that I trust.
Quick Proxy is a proxy extension for Firefox. Unlike anonymoX, Quick Proxy requires you to use your proxies (free public proxies can be found with a Google search). Quick Proxy is exceptionally lightweight and easy to use.
WOT – Safe Surfing
Web of Trust (WOT) helps you browse safely by merely warning you if other users have marked the website you visit as dangerous.