10 Best Firefox Plugins for Safe Browsing

Mozillas Firefox is one of the most popular and widely used browsers as it is quite handy and advanced, and offers a lot of features.  It has a huge user base which uses it for accessing the wonderful world of internet — but this wonderful world has been rendered unsafe by all the malware, viruses, theft, spammers and hackers present out there. These are some of the biggest issues of the World Wide Web. But these things should not stop us from taking advantage of all the information present on the web, or all the entertainment. Thanks to the modern browsers, there are ways available in which we can stay away from these threats. This is especially true for Firefox as it boasts a plethora of add-ons that can ensure your safety on the web.

Cyber Security is especially important for small and medium-sized businesses, because they are facing critical challenges due to limited resources and information, as well as competing priorities. The speed at which technology is evolving makes it difficult to stay current with security. However, better security awareness and planning can help these businesses protect their intellectual property and trade secrets, and reduce loss of productivity due to downtime.

So in order to help you find some of the best security and protection add-ons available out there, we are going to present a list of 10 Best Firefox Plugins for Safe Browsing. Check them out and pick the ones that suit your needs the best.

Close’n Forget

Close’n Forget

Accidently opened some website that you aren’t supposed to and can’t remove the history for some reason? In this case, Close’n forget will come in handy. This tool has the ability of making the browser forget everything that was opened,once you close the tab. You can close the tab from the contextual menu, a toolbar icon or even through shortcuts such as Alt+W.

BetterPrivacy

BetterPrivacy

This amazing tool protects you against unlimited-time stored Super-Cookies. Cookies are actually the files which your PC stores, such as your usernames, passwords, login date, etc. One of these types of cookies, known as the LSOs, are flash cookies that are centrally-stored and have a lot of information about you and your online activity. Many famous websites, such as Facebook, Google and advertising companies utilize these to gather information about you. Although these cookies are quite difficult to manage but using this tool deleting LSOs becomes possible, when launching a browser or shutting down it down or even at certain set time intervals. If you want to keep some specific LSOs, then you can also get an option to not to delete it.

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus

This one is a must have tool as it blocks all types of ads shown on websites. These sites are not only annoying, but can also be used for tracking your online activities. But this would be very damaging for the websites owners who make their revenue from these ads. So this tool provides a perfect solution, that is, the ability of allowing non-intrusive ads that you have no problem with to keep on showing, but blocking ads from malware-spreading sites.

BrowserProtect

BrowserProtect

This one is a perfect tool to protect you against homepage and search engine hijacking. It will keep your browser setting the way you set them, and disallow any software or app from changing these setting without you knowing about it.

NoScript

NoScript

This tool allows blocking JavaScript, Java, Flash and other executable content on the web pages. Doing this would protect you from cross-site scripting attacks (XSS), cross-zone DNS rebinding or CSRF attacks (router hacking) and Clickjacking attempts. You can allow some of the trusted websites and put them in the whitelist.

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere

This one is a project begun by Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is a human digital rights organization. It will ensure that you stay safe on the web by loading only the https version of websites on your browser. In this mode, the data sent from your PC is SSL-encrypted, which makes it protected from any person who can get you personal information.

RequestPolicy

RequestPolicy

This tool displays any cross-site requests which are made by the web pages you visit. When your browser is directed by the page you are visiting to access a different website, then this is called a cross-suite request. By doing it you may have allowed some website to track your information. This tool blocks all such requests and notifies you, so you can allow any request you want. Creating a whitelist of requests is also possible.

WOT

WOT

WOT is the short form of Web of Trust. It is an online community that aims at identifying doubtful or spam websites and has a list of safe and trusted websites. It informs your beforehand if the website you are about to visit is safe or not, by displaying a trust meter. You can also contribute by rating websites in order to help other people.

QuickJava

QuickJava

This tool allows turning on/off Java, JavaScript, Flash, Silverlight, Proxy and automatic loading of Photos on the website you visit from the status bar icons or the toolbar, without opening options or dialogs.

Ghostery

Ghostery

It is a great tool that protects your online activities from being tracked by the advertising companies who would like to get your personal information and use it for marketing purposes. It has the ability of detecting trackers, web bugs, pixels and beacons. After this awesome tool has identified the companies tracking you it will allow you to get more information about these companies and their privacy policy opt-out options. It also allows blocking scripts from doubtful companies, deleting LSOs and blocking photo & iFrames. It is a really good must have all-in-one tool.


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3 Comments

  1. Zenn says:

    I often use Adblock Plus and NoScript but i will have to try out some of these other addons from your list, thanks :)

  2. Jake says:

    Favorite plugin has to be WOT, Its like my anti virus

  3. Mahesh Verma says:

    I like QuickJava. me also use QuickJava. in my browser and thanks for sharing this valuable post :)