These days one has to be vigilant to be safe online against malware, phishing scams and other rogue elements online, which could compromise not only your system, but also your privacy. Luckily, there is no shortage of browser extensions to keep the creeps and snoops alike out of your life. Whether its marketers tracking you, or our own government who thinks that we should have nothing to hide, or others’ trying to learn something about you, we can make it as difficult as possible for them.
Top Privacy Add-ons for Firefox:
Netcraft Toolbar – Blocks phishing sites, helping to protect users from online fraud…
anonymoX – Firefox add-on to achieve anonymity in surfing, using web-based proxy
HTTPS Everywhere – HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. When its installed, the extension will shunt your connection to connect to SSL whenever possible, and will try to find secure versions of the sites you visit.
BetterPrivacy – BetterPrivacy is a safeguard which protects from usually not deletable LSO’s on Google, YouTube, Ebay…
BitDefender TrafficLight for Firefox – Adds a strong and non-intrusive layer of security to your browsing experience
BrowserProtect – Protect your browser configuration against homepage and search hijacks
CipherFox – Displays the current SSL/TLS cipher and certificate chain in the status bar.
CS Lite – This extension will allow you to easily control cookie permissions.
Ghostery – Protect your privacy. See who’s tracking your web browsing and block them with Ghostery.
HTTPS Finder – HTTPS Finder automatically detects and alerts when SSL is available on a web page. It also provides one-click rule creation for HTTPS Everywhere. Other features include an ignore-domain list, and “auto-forward” to HTTPS.
PrivacySuite – One place to protect your privacy when you go online.
RefControl – Control what gets sent as the HTTP Referer on a per-site basis.
RequestPolicy – Be in control of which cross-site requests are allowed.
ShowIP – Show the IP address(es) of the current page in the status bar. It also allows querying custom information services by IP (right click) and hostname (left click), like whois, netcraft, etc. Additionally you can copy the IP address to the clipboard.
Certificate Patrol – Verifies SSL certificates
TrackMeNot – Protects users against search data profiling…
Priv3 – Third-Party Privacy for the Social Web
Web of Trust (WOT) – The WOT add-on is a safe surfing tool for your browser.
For Human Eyes Only – Converts your messages into images so that it is hard for computers to extract them, while genuine humans can still read them. That is, it helps you protect against computer programs that breach your privacy by automatically analyzing what you say.
BCExplorer for Firefox – Webroot BrightCloud Security Services category and reputation information as you browse!
Beef Taco – Sets permanent opt-out cookies to stop behavioral advertising by 102 different advertising networks
User Agent Switcher – Spoof the user agent of a browser and OS reporting
Change IP Address – How to easily change your Internet IP address via creating new router MAC address, quickly and reliably.
Keylogger Beater – Use it to keep your username or password from being snatched by a keylogger installed on a machine you are using.
LinkExtend – Provides meta-site-ratings for computer safety, child safety, company ethics, and popularity.
Master Password+ – Various enhancements for “master password” Locks master security device on demand or after specified time and locks up entire application or individual windows.