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A great many CAG members use the popular browser, FireFox (hereafter FF).

 

As some of those users may be aware, part of FF's strength is its support of Plugins. Plugins are small scripts that can be added to FF to enhance performance, change behaviour, or add features.

 

The main site for FF Plugins can be found HERE, but with thousands of Plugins available, it can sometimes be confusing to know which plugins to get, or which to stay away from.

Accordingly, I thought it might be handy to have a single thread for these, where people can post details of the Plugins they personally use and find helpful so that other surfers who either aren't as familiar with the capabilities of FF, or are lacking those plugins, can benefit.

 

To start the ball rolling, I'll happily list a few of the Plugins I personally use on a regular basis and find extremely handy:

 

Update Notifier - This plugin monitors every other plugin you've installed, and tells you if there has been an update to one. If there is, Update Notifier can install the update for you.

 

Adblock Plus - Extremely handy for getting rid of those irritating adverts that appear on a lot of sites, including CAG. Just right-click the ad, click AdBlock and they don't appear again. If you want them back, open AdBlock and simply unblock them.

 

Dictionary Search - I find this a very handy little plugin. Once installed, highlight any word anywhere on the internet (as though you were going to copy the text), and press the right-mouse. Hit 'Dictionary Search' and a second tab will open with the definition.

 

Download Statusbar - When FF downloads, this replaces the popup box with a neat little progress bar in the bottom left. It also has a host of extra features that become available.

 

New Tab Homepage - By default, a new tab in FF is blank, ready to go where you like. I personally have Google as my homepage, so want it ready when I open a new page. New Tab Homepage does just that; any newly opened tab will default to your homepage.

 

IE Tab - There are a few websites, most of the Micro$oft's, that refuse to recognise any browser other than Internet Explorer. This adds a timple tab for FireFox that allows you to view any webpage you like in IE mode. FF will perfectly replicate IE and the site will respond to FF as though it is genuinely IE.

 

NoScript - May be a little complicated for some, but allows you to selectively block any scripts you like on a website. You can permanently or temporarily allow certain scripts to sites you frequently visit and trust.

All actions can be undone, and this stops drive-by-downlaods, malware and spyware scripts in their tracks.

 

PDF Download - Not only handles all PDF file format downloads, but lets you grab a copy or open the PDF within a FF tab. In addition, this plugin lets you turn any webpage into a PDF file in seconds.

 

Finally, it is useful to know that nearly every plugin has its own set of options and settings. In almost all cases, these are accessed by going to Tools, selecting the Add Ons option, then highlighting the relevant plugin on the list. You should have an Options button on the left, whilst buttons of the right allow you to Disable or Uninstall the plugin.

 

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Another one which I don't run on my own PC, but run on the client PCs in my network is:

 

Public Fox - Allows you to lock off the Add-Ons and Options sections of FF with a simple password. I run this on all my client machines at work, but parents could equally apply it to junior's FireFox to ensure safer surfing.

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https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8090 - allows you to record what you;re doing in the browser window, and saves it as a video file.

 

so if you're ever trying to explain to someone how to do something, or what to click on a page you can send them a video showing steps of how to do it

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This will be a handy reference for the growing numbers of people using FF.

 

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Thanks Rooster.

 

 

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One of my favs is Fast Dial

 

I rarely use my home page so instead I have the home pages of the sites I use the most as the first page to open on firefox then all i have to do is click the page to that site and hay ho its loaded.

 

It saves having to type the address or search bookmarks.

 

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5721

 

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Is there a good spell check one. I had it on my old system, but no idea where from. Always handy, not that I'm saying I need it....:p


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right click on the reply box below and press "Add Dictionary" then select the language that you want to spell check in.

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Two more which will probably only be of interest/use to other web designers, but I have personally found them far and away the best plugins when building sites, or taking apart other sites (including CAG) to see how they've been programmed:

 

HTML Tidy - Massively expands the 'View Source Code' option by validating the current page, suggesting changes, and offering to rebuild the entire code in a compliant format for you.

 

Web Developer - Far too many options and functions to list, but needless to say it adds an extra toolbar to FireFox that has - literally - everything a web developer needs to check site builds.

 

These two work especially well in conjunction with each other.

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Thanks. I am a Firefox user (i find it easier than Internet Explorer). I will certainly be using the New Tab Homepage as i use Google as a homepage and it will be really handy for me.


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Tezcatlipoca - that Web Developer plugin is invaluable. Been using that alongside Firebug for longer than I can remember and are the only two web developer plugins I use.

 

One very handy plugin I use is "Flashblock"

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/433/

This prevents all Flash video/anim files from loading but lets you click them if you want to see them. Some of these Flash files are huge and can make page loading very slow. Not any more, plus this helps save bandwidth by not downloading meaningless junk.

 

ADBLOCK PLUS ELEMENT HIDING HELPER

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4364/

Used alongside AdBlock Plus for selectively hiding junk on sites. I've used this successfully on many sites including Facebook, IMDb, Hotmail and many more to remove the adverts and leave the content. I also use this to disable the mind-numbingly annoying advertising "hot links" - the crap that appears when you hover over selective words.

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re security/privacy; adblock plus, better privacy, noscript plugins. pretty much all thats needed for the 'average' fox 'geek' :) . can enable scripts per site if needed re functionality of website.

saying that, IE 9 can disable active x (scripts) at a click (activex filtering) and then can be enabled per site. there is also the tracking protection which can be customized eg with an ad blocking list.

disabling scripts would prevent pretty much most website based viruses/exploits. but, disabling scripts may affect functionality of a site.

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re security/privacy; adblock plus, better privacy, noscript plugins. pretty much all thats needed for the 'average' fox 'geek' :) . can enable scripts per site if needed re functionality of website.

saying that, IE 9 can disable active x (scripts) at a click (activex filtering) and then can be enabled per site. there is also the tracking protection which can be customized eg with an ad blocking list.

disabling scripts would prevent pretty much most website based viruses/exploits. but, disabling scripts may affect functionality of a site.

Re: firefox plugins

 

 

In the security department here are three that I think are worth a look.

 

 

 

  1. HTTPS Everywhere, used in conjunction with HTTPS Finder. It's a bit hi-tech to explain, (especially for me) but adds an extra layer of protection on a lot of web sites.
  2. Key scrambler. It scrambles your keyboard input to protect against keyloggers which can steal your passwords card numbers etc. Also works in I.E.
  3. WOT (web of trust), This is a plugin that shows what users think of web sites, giving a green, yellow and red code. Click on the icon and get info on how safe/unsafe a site is. Taking two sites at random, say, CAG and ATOS UK. CAG comes up as green with an excellent reputation,while ATOS shows red with a poor reputation (read into that what you will!).

Once these plugins are installed there is little interaction needed, so browsing is not interrupted too much. Any feedback/advice on security for firefox will be much appreciated.

 

 

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hi

a decent antivirus should protect against keyloggers/corrupt ADS/rootkits.

i don't use WOT. just noscript. if going to an 'unknown' site with noscript then no chance of infection. maybe no need for wot. thing is though where a 'trusted'/known site say bbc for eg, and so have allowed scripts/relied on wot, is script infected, not much can do except then rely on antivirus.

don't know about the https you mention

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Hi Ford,

Thanks for your response

 

 

I agree, any decent anti-virus should take care of keyloggers but as long as a plugin causes no interference with browsing speed and use, I'm always happy to use a belt and braces approach to security.

I did not mention noscript as It's praises had already been sung. I consider it an essential plugin for Firefox.

WOT can be useful if a subject is “googled “ because an indication of safety can obtained without having to enter a site, if one chooses to enter then noscript is an excellent defence. We all use the web with the fear that we can be “hacked”, [problem]med etc. so I feel any attempt to defeat the “bad guys” gives us a chance of a more open and free web.

Any other advice on security most welcome.

Regards pitcher

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i know its old school but i still use spybot.

avast antiv free is pretty good as well, saved me a few times. including on this site!

yes, noscript is a nobrainer.

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i know its old school but i still use spybot.

avast antiv free is pretty good as well, saved me a few times. including on this site!

yes, noscript is a nobrainer.

Hi again Ford

Spybot YEA!

Used it for years and it's more than worth its salt. Anyone reading this might like to try Malwarebyts Anti-Malware free, like Spybot, it is an on demand scanner and according to tests it's hard to beat.

I'm glad you mentioned Avast!, I tried AVG free as its got a big rep. Had no end of trouble with updates and even problems uninstalling it. Like you, Avast! has done me well over a long period of time, saved me a few times as well. No problems with updates or anything. Well worth a try. I know the thread is about Firefox but any interaction about security can't be a bad thing.

Regards pitcher


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also, spybot has the 'immunize' function which puts known 'bad' sites into a browser (like an adblock list) preventing such sites from loading if called. sort of a 'plugin'.

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been trying wot on spare/test pc. not too bad. at least it could give a poss prior warning re a site.

fox also has built in phishing protection, which can be turned on/off in options.

noscript also blocks flash, but which can then be shown at a click if needed. (so no need for flashblock on top)


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.... I tried AVG free as its got a big rep. Had no end of trouble with updates and even problems uninstalling it.

Regards pitcher

 

last time i tried avg it was a complete resource hog, slowed things down no end. imo, avast is the best free one to go for, but check the options re privacy stats, cloud etc. MSE is not too bad resource wise and re reactive detections. but re browsing/overall avast wins imo.

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Yep, I'll go with Avast! But as I'm sure you've seen, the web rep browser addon is not up to much, It seems to work on the same principle as WOT but with much fewer users. I've disabled it.

Apart from the chance of a small install problem, I'd recommend spybot to anyone.

In Firefox options/security there's the tick box option to block attack sites and web forgeries. I'm not geek enough to know but it seems to have a similar role to the immunize function in spybot (tell me if I'm wrong) however two databases may better than one.

I'm glad you gave WOT a punt on a spare pc, I do think it can help one to make a decision before entering a site and risking infection!

Lastly, as you have a spare/test pc, I'd ask you to give HTTPS Everywhere a try, it comes from the same stable as noscript and is used in the tor browser bundle. Anyone who wants to improve their browsing safety may do a lot worse.

Safe browsing

pitcher


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yes, i don't use their web addon either. and i disable the 'share' etc as well. i keep it bareish bones, if that makes sense.

yes, similar. spybot lists its known 'bad' sites (they can be seen in fox tools options), and firefox has the phishing site protection which is done via online and more to do with phishing. IE does have a similar function (smarscreen filter) as well though (just to be impartial :) ). re spybot also, i don't use the 'teatimer' as that can slow and poss cause conflicts. so i just use it for immunize, and on demand context scanning. also, useful re file shredder and start ups (but ms autoruns is best for start ups). i digress :)

Avira antiv is another free one to consider.

i'll have a look at https.

cheers.

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had a quick look at https, seems ok. but doesn't encrypt connections to 3rd party sites, and is site specific re a common database. similar to that notification in ie which says some info is encrypted do you want continue re unencrypted. but, how would that protect against an infected flash, pdf, script, and tp sites for eg?

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