Archive for December 8th, 2010

Firefox Add-Ons Series: Privacy & Security

Privacy & Security

WOT

Web of Trust is one of Mozilla’s most popular add-ons. Our safe surfing tool uses a traffic-light style rating system to help you stay safe when you search, surf and shop online.

WOT ratings are powered by a global community of millions of trustworthy users who have rated millions of websites based on their experiences. The WOT add-on provides reputation ratings to search results when you use Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Wikipedia and other popular sites, helping you protect your computer and personal information. Your online email account – Google Mail, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail is also protected.

More information at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3456/

No Script

Winner of the “2006 PC World World Class Award”, this tool provides extra protection to your Firefox.
It allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice, e.g. your home-banking web site, guarding your “trust boundaries” against cross-site scripting attacks (XSS), cross-zone DNS rebinding / CSRF attacks (router hacking), and Clickjacking attempts, thanks to its unique ClearClick technology.
Such a preemptive approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even unknown!) with no loss of functionality…
Experts do agree: Firefox is really safer with NoScript

More information at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722/

Block Site

You can add and/or remove websites, you don’t want to visit ever again, via the BlockSite Preferences. You can open this window by clicking on the options button of BlockSite in Tools > Add-ons menu, or by clicking on the Preferences item in the context menu of the extension in the Extension Manager.

You can block whole ranges of websites by using the wildcard symbol (*):
If you want to block, for example, a lot of Microsoft websites, you can use the following line: “http://*.microsoft.*” and “http://microsoft.*” The * symbol indicates that there may be zero or more random characters at that place.

You can import and export lists of locations via the ‘Import’ and ‘Export’ buttons in the ‘BlockSite Preferences’ window. The first line in the file you want to import has to be the ‘[BlockSite]’ in order to be read succesfully.

More information at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3145/

Panic Button

Don’t want the boss to catch you surfing the Web on company time? Don’t want your teacher, classmates, roommate or significant other to see the Web sites you’re viewing? With Panic Button, a single click of a toolbar button will quickly hide all Firefox windows — bring them back by clicking a button on the Restore Session toolbar. The Panic Button action can also be invoked by pressing F9 (Command+F9 on the Macintosh).

After installing Panic Button, add the Panic Button button to the browser toolbar by choosing View -> Toolbars -> Customize on the Firefox menu bar, then dragging the Panic Button to the desired location.

More information at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6990/

 

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