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Two Firefox browser additions you should have

I’ve been involved with personal computers for a long time, long enough to know a bit about browser security and good tools when I see them.

For one, I always think it’s better to use a 3rd party browser vs the native browser that comes with the operating system or computer.  I have been a big fan of the Firefox browser since it first came out, a separate application install meant security updates to the browser were not tied to the underlying operating system.  In addition, the open source nature, extensions, and plugin support meant there is a open framework for getting problems fixed quick and adding new features relatively simple.

There are two firefox browser additions I want to make people aware of, I use them to minimize the number of ads I see on most websites (sometimes ads lead to some unsafe sites) and the other forces a secure connection to most websites to help prevent network eavesdropping.

  • Ad Block Plus – this addition tells firefox not to load ads from common websites that serve advertisements, it reduces the content on the page.
  • HTTPS Everywhere – this addition from the Electronic Frontier Foundation tells firefox to use a secure connection when logging on to a website if it exists, it helps keep your id and password more secure.

I’m sure there are other security related additions, these are just two I found most useful.

Hope this helps keep your browsing safe!

- Dom

  1. Melanie
    April 8, 2011 at 8:31 am | #1

    Morning Dominic,

    I am looking into purchasing a new laptop in the next month and wondered maybe if you have any recommendations.

    My sole purpose will be for school (writing papers, creating curriculum plans, access to data resources for research, etc.) as well as personal use (budgeting plans, personal email, etc.)

    I don’t plan to store much media but will probably do so from time to time.

    Also I would like to be able to carry my laptop from home, to work, to class without lugging a 25lb. bag…know what I mean?

    My budget is around $1K or alittle more if I need.

    I do alot of research on-line and would be interested in the internet protection you spoke of for my laptop to keep pop ups down or not at all.

    Thanx!

    Please say hello to the family from the Garcia’s.

    –Melanie

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