10 add-ons for Firefox: Privacy and security
by Zeljka Zorz - Friday, 2 October 2009.
For all of you Firefox users out there, here is a list of handy plug-ins and add-ons that will help you anonymize your Web presence, protect you from loss of passwords, assorted attacks, cookies, malicious websites and angry bosses/spouses when you're surfing somewhere you shouldn't.

1. BetterPrivacy

Protects against Flash cookies. This add-on was made to make users aware of those hidden, never expiring objects and to offer an easy way to get rid of them - since browsers are unable to do that for you. With BetterPrivacy it is possible to review, protect or delete new Flash-cookies individually. Users who wish to to manage all cookies manually can disable the automatic functions. BetterPrivacy also protects against 'DOM Storage' longterm tracking, a browser feature which has been granted by the major browser manufactures.

2. Secure Login

Secure Login is a login extension for Mozilla Firefox integrated password manager.

Its main feature is similar to Opera's Wand login. Prevents malicious JavaScript code to automatically steal your login data and can prevent cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks to steal your passwords without having to deactivate JavaScript.

3. NoScript

Winner of the "2006 PC World World Class Award", this tool 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) and Clickjacking attempts, thanks to its ClearClick technology.

4. WOT

WOT, Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. Use WOT as your front-line layer of protection when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory. WOT's color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites - green to go, yellow for caution and red to stop Ė helping you avoid the dangerous sites.

5. TabRenamizer

If you're worried about someone looking over your shoulder and seeing the pages your surfing on, TabRenamizer changes the titles of your tabs to random ones with a simple click. Select a new title for a tab, writing it or replacing a substring of the original title into another text.

6. CryptFire

Encrypt and decrypt any selected text with a password using the secure AES algorithm. Encrypt texts as short links, or hide messages in seemingly random text.

7. SquiggleSR

SquiggleSR generates personalized queries to deceive search engines and protect userís privacy. Keywords extracted from RSS flows and search engine statistics are used to create coherent and news related queries. Clicks are randomly simulated on non-sponsored results.


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