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Firefox Browser security add-ons

Posted in browser, firefox, tracking with tags , , on 2016/02/20 by CoryTek

To go hand in hand with privacy and security, I made a separate post regarding browser security.

Since I started using a computer (PC), I have used these browsers – Internet Explorer; Firefox; Google Chrome; Netscape; Opera.

Google Chrome was my browser of choice for a long time, however being more concerned about online privacy, a couple of years ago I switched to Firefox browser (by Mozilla).

Mozilla wants you to know that Firefox browser is more concerned about your privacy.

Firefox at default settings is a secure browser. However, I use a few add-ons for extra security. With these browser extras the trackers are blocked, ads are last year, and cookies are swept away.

Avast Online Security
Avast Browser Security and Web Reputation Plugin – offering protection against known phishing and malware sites, improving your browsing overall browsing experience with crowd sourced web reputation rating.
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BetterPrivacy
Better Privacy serves to protect against special longterm cookies, a new generation of ‘Super-Cookie’, which silently conquered the Internet.
This new cookie generation offers unlimited user tracking to industry and market research. Concerning privacy Flash-cookies are most critical.
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Decentraleyes
Websites have increasingly begun to rely much more on large third-parties for content delivery. Canceling requests for ads or trackers is usually without issue, however blocking actual content, not unexpectedly, breaks pages. The aim of this add-on is to cut-out the middleman by providing lightning speed delivery of local (bundled) files to improve online privacy.
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Disable WebRTC
WebRTC is a communication protocol that relies on JavaScript that can leak your actual IP address from behind your VPN, by default. This addon fixes that, making VPNs more effective.
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Disconnect
Make the web faster, more private, and more secure.
Disconnect lets you visualize and block the otherwise invisible websites that track your search and browsing history.
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HTTPS Everywhere
HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
A collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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NoScript
Just a note: this extension could be a bit more advanced for some computer users.
NoScript gives extra protection for Firefox: NoScript allows JavaScript, Java (and other plugins) only for trusted domains of your choice (e.g. your home-banking web site).
This whitelist based pre-emptive blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even unknown!) with no loss of functionality.
Experts will agree: Firefox is really safer with NoScript. This tool gives you with the best available protection on the web.
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Privacy Badger
This is a project by the Electronic Foundation Frontier.
Privacy Badgers blocks spying ads and invisible trackers.
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TrackMeNot
When you search online, the search engines keep track of search terms, and essentially profile you by what you search for.
Can you stop that? Yes, don’t use a computer – this would be a bit of a challenge. Or, what you can do, is confuse the search engines, with a bit of misdirection. Rather than give the search engines what you are searching for, you give the search engines terms you are not searching for.
TrackMeNot confuses the search engines with garbage search phrases. Therefore, the search engines have no idea what you are searching for. Essentially, you are hiding in plain view.
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WOT (Web of Trust)
Web of Trust (aka WOT) is a known worldwide website reputation and rating service that helps you make informed decisions about whether to trust a website or not when you are searching, shopping or surfing online. WOT increases your personal online security and web safety. Web Of Trust is based on the Crowdsourcing Approach.
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