safety add-ons

Through a chat on Twitter I got the idea to write a post about Add-ons that enhance the browsing experience for the user and also make it a lot safer.

Some of you might already use the add-ons, if that’s the case great, if not, no problem just install them right after you read this article.

Enough talk let’s get right to it.

Ad Block Plus

Probably the best add-on on the internet, it blocks almost all ads, is very reliable, you don’t need any coding knowledge as far as I know and it’s works like a charm.

On Mozilla, it’s one of the favorite add-ons. Ad-Block Plus gives you the option to subscribe to a list of advertising codes to block.

Like NoScript (which is the next add-on), Ad Block Plus can be disabled for specific sites and pages. Ad Block Plus will block 99% of the ads out there.

NoScript

Now this add-on blocks and prevents the JavaScript code from executing on all sites because many security issues stem from exploits of  the Javascript code.

It also notifies you of what code is blocked.

It’s the same with Ad Block Plus, you can decide on which sites you want to allow the script (safe sites) and on which sites you don’t want scripts (gambling or overall shady sites)

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is one of the best privacy add-ons.

HTTPS Everywhere is a browser add-on that automatically connects you to the HTTPS version of basically every website that allows it. It will always connect you to the safer HTTPS version rather than using the far less secure HTTP.

Blur

Blur is a great add-on to protect your data.

It blocks companies from collecting information about you, and it manages and protects your sensitive details like passwords, credentials and payment information.

Self-Destructing Cookes

Most browsers offer a “clear all cookies” function that can be done manually or whenever the browser closes.

Which is cool and “good enough” but we don’t want good enough, we want flexibility and the best! That’s why you should install Self-Destructing Cookies.

This add-on allows cookies to persist until you close the tab. When the tab is closed, all relevant cookies are destroyed in the blink of an eye.

If there are any cookies you want to keep, you can white list them.

Clean Links

Clean Links, is a great add-on but not a necessity.

Whenever it detects a link (bit.ly, ad,fly and the likes) with shady redirections or affiliate products, it replaces it with the clean, straight version.

Which means that you don’t have to worry when clicking on links, knowing that you’ll be able to identify bad links before you click on them.

To end the add-on section I have to add that too many add-ons can slow down your browser quite a bit so look out for that.

Safe search engines

Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. all common search engines track your history and build profiles around you, serving different results based on your search history. Try one of these alternative search engines if you don’t want to be tracked anymore.

DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is a search engine for privacy seekers. It doesn’t log personally identifiable information.

It doesn’t use cookies to identify you.

And it discards user agents and IP addresses from its server logs.

Startpage

If you want to keep Google’s search results and just want more privacy, then use Startpage.

Startpage searches Google for you when you look for something. Startpage submits the search to Google and returns the results to you.

All Google sees is a large amount of searches coming from the Servers of Startpage. Which means they can’t identify or track your searches.

Startpage does the same like DuckDuckGo it discards all personally identifiable information.

Ixquick

Unlike Startpage, Ixquick gets results from a variety of sources instead of only Google, which  can be a good or a bad thing, depending on how much you like Google’s search results.

Ixquick and Startpage have basically the same design. Ixquick includes the same privacy features Startpage does.

I hope you found this article helpful, if you have any other add-ons that you use and improve your privacy let me know in the comments below.

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