With all the malicious scripts, tracking cookies, phishing websites et all, floating online and growing in numbers all the time, protecting your data and privacy is more important now than ever. In a two part series, we will be covering privacy protecting addons for two of the most popular web browsers: Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Here is our first list of essential Firefox addons to protect your privacy online:
- HTTPS Everywhere
This addon is from EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation). It does the basic job of forcing Firefox to communicate more securely with a number of websites such as Google, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Paypal and so on, using secure HTTP (HTTPS).
- Better Privacy
You probably must be knowing that all websites store some kind of local cookies in your browser to keep a track of your login details and preferences and so on. But there is another kind of cookies called Local Storage Objects or Flash cookies and are they are stored using Flash plug-in. The problem with flash cookies is that you cannot flush them out of your browser just by clearing your browser history. Better Privact addon for Firefox does this job everytime you exit your web browser.
- Web of Trust
Web of trust gives you a traffic light indication for which sites you can trust with your sensitive data like Credit card details. All the ratings are user-generated and you do not need to log onto any website to see the ratings. The rating show up on the right side of the search result pages of Google, Yahoo and Bing.
- Google Rolls Out Analytics Blocking Browser Addon
- Microsoft: IE 9 Adds New Feature, “Tracking Protection”
- Download Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out Plugin for Firefox and IE
- Deleting Browsing History In Chrome Is Just A Click Away With Click & Clean
- Blast Any Website With Destroy The Web Firefox Addon