I've spent many years using the Firefox web browser and in that time I've tried out a great deal of the addons available for Firefox. In this thread
I'm going to present a compatible list of some of the best addons and explain what they do. I was going to make this a general guide about overall
computer security and talk about firewalls and anti-virus software but I figured most people already know enough about that stuff, so I'm just going
to focus on Firefox addons. Many of these addons are available for other web browsers so this guide doesn't apply only to Firefox.
[1st Addon in List Removed By Request of ATS Staff]
NoScript Security Suite
This is another must have addon which will disable scripts and other dynamic objects from automatically running when you visit a web page. This can
provide a huge boost in your level of security because you can click all the dodgy links you want and not have to worry about a dangerous script
activating in your browser because of that site. This also prevents all websites from loading their huge range of 3rd party tracking scripts and other
crap that you don't want running in your browser. In order to enable scripts from a specific domain you must first white list the page within the drop
down menu of NoScript. After you have white listed all your favourite sites you wont have to bother with it much.
This is also another must have addon which complements the first two nicely. It blocks all sorts trackers, beacons and bugs which can be used to
monitor your browsing activities and invade your privacy. Unlike NoScript it is capable of blocking those tricky bugs such as invisible image/pixel
trackers which only make use of standard HTML. This addon combined with [data expunged] and NoScript are so effective at blocking adverts and trackers
that marketing pundits have referred to them as The Trifecta Of Evil
. It is highly
recommended to have all three of these addons installed for maximum protection.
This addon will allow you to manage and remove LSO cookies, also known as Flash cookies (because they are used by the Flash plug-in). These are
typically very hard to remove because there is no menu or option within the Firefox settings which allow you to remove these cookies. LSO's are a new
generation of "super cookies" which provide advertisers with long term tracking capabilities (they can be set to never expire) which offer more
storage capacity than normal cookies and can allow for cross-browser tracking. As such they pose a large threat to user privacy. With this addon you
have the option to delete and manage your LSO cookies in a user friendly fashion.
Web of Trust - WOT
This addon will help you determine whether or not a website is trustworthy by allowing users to vote on websites and giving them a ranking/reputation
based on how people rate them. The little WOT icon will turn green if a website is trustworthy, yellow if it has a below average rating, and red if it
has a very poor rating. The WOT icon will also appear next to links in Google search results and other search engines, as well as links posted to
social networks sites like Facebook and Twitter, and even links in email services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail. You can also click on the icon to get
more detailed information and read user reviews about the website in question.
This addon will monitor your web browser settings and stop other applications from hijacking your browser and changing things like your default search
provider, your homepage, your addons and pug-ins, etc. It will prompt you when ever it detects a hijack attempt and give you a set of options for
dealing with the problem. I personally have never had it prompt me about anything but that's probably just because I'm careful. I would still
recommend that you get this addon if you're sick of other software changing your browser settings.
This addon claims to simulate the use of a series of proxies changing at each new connection. It's not as effective as using a real proxy and it
doesn't seem to completely hide your IP address, but it can be useful for some websites where you want to cause as much confusion as possible and make
it harder to discern what your real IP address is. I tend to have this addon disabled most of the time because it can cause problems on websites where
you need to login and it can totally break other websites. But it is a neat addon to have at your disposal for when you need it.
This addon is designed to defeat keylogging software so that you can conduct your online banking and shopping with peace of mind. Any time you need to
enter a password or any type of sensitive information you can simply right click in the text field and select "Keylogger Beater" from the context
menu. This will present you with a character chart which gives you several different methods for inputting your password. I personally think the best
method is to hover your mouse over the letters and numbers so that you can input your password without having to type or click.
This addon will allow you to see the IP address of the current page in the status bar along with other useful information such as the ISP and the
location of the server. It will also allow you to quickly perform common tasks like a whois lookup and other useful functions which provide
information about the IP address of the current page. This is a very handy addon to have and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to check the IP
addresses of the websites they visit.
User Agent Switcher
This addon will give you the ability to switch your user agent string. This can be useful for several different reasons because it allows you to
pretend that you are using a different web browser. Many websites hide extra content from regular users but show it to search bots like the Google web
crawler so that they get a higher ranking in the Google search results. You can unhide that content by spoofing a fake user agent string and trick
those websites into showing you the hidden content.
click and perform other "forbidden" tasks.
This addon will "lock down" parts of Firefox so that they cannot be changed without a password. Depending on how you configure this addon it can lock
down a lot of different things including your browser settings and your about:config settings, as well as your bookmarks and addons (so that this
addon cannot be uninstalled). I haven't been using this addon for very long so I'm not exactly sure how secure it is or how easy it would be to
circumvent but it seems pretty good so far.
This addon will prevent you from viewing a web page via a standard unencrypted HTTP connection when it is also available via a secure HTTPS
connection. Many websites are available via HTTPS but they default to HTTP or fill their website with links which take you back the HTTP version of
the site. This addon solves that problem by enforcing the use of HTTPS connections where ever they are available (it uses an internal ruleset to know
which websites are available via HTTPS).
This addon is designed to be used in conjunction with the HTTPS Everywhere addon. As you browse the internet it will automatically check each website
to see if they support HTTPS and it will automate the process of rule creation for HTTPS Everywhere so that you don't have to manually add new
websites into the list. When it detects a website which supports HTTPS it will check to make sure the certificate is valid and then it will give you
the option of saving the auto-generated rule into HTTPS Everywhere.
Well that is the end of the list. I hope you have enjoyed this thread and I hope you find it useful. If you have any more suggestions which you think
deserve to be in this list let me know. You may have noticed that I left out any proxy addons and there is a good reason for that. Proxies are useful
for circumventing country specific limitations and masking your IP address but at the end of the day they don't really make you safer. You need to
remember that everything you do might be recorded by the proxy server, so unless you totally trust the proxy you are using it does not make you
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