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    Default 10 useful Firefox add-ons for almost everybody

    Friday, June 26, 2009 17:00 PST
    10 Useful Firefox Add-ons for Almost Everybody

    By Meryl Evans

    Iím in the middle of moving to new computers. Two of them. The laptop is easy. The desktop, well, thatís a story for another post. New and faster computers with a fresh install can compel a person to look up applications, plugins and other tools to boost web worker efficiency. Browser add-ons are a perfect example.

    Quick overview for those new to Firefox: Add-ons are little free tools that make your application experience better and easier. Add-ons donít stop at browsers, either. Email applications like Thunderbird have them, too. Theyíre very easy to install. Just go to Firefox add-ons, browse, click ďAdd to FirefoxĒ and click ďInstallĒ in the popup window. Once installed, youíll need to restart Firefox to complete the process.

    Hereís my list of current favorites:

    Adblock Plus ó No. More. Popup. Ads. Or auto-playing videos. You might also want to download a Filter Subscription. You can still create your own filters to block ads on specific sites.

    Better Gmail 2. Two great feature additions for Gmail. Folders4Gmail lets you have labels in folder-like sub-folders. Attachment icons replace the useless paperclips with the icons of the app that the attachment uses. If itís a Word document, itíll show Wordís blue W icon. Better Gmail 2 has other good features, too.

    Download Statusbar. Get rid of the download pop up box. Instead, downloads appear across the bottom of Firefox where they donít intrude. When youíre ready to open one, just double-click the relevant filename in the status bar.

    Firefox Environment Backup Extension (FEBE). Any kind of backup tool for an application is worth it because it restores data with little effort. This one backs up your add-ons and rebuilds them.

    Long URL Please. Twitter increased the use of URL-shortening services. But some of us like to know where weíre going before we click. This add-on automatically expands shortened URLs. Even if you canít see the full URL, you can mouse over the link to see the full link tooltip-style.

    Print/Print Preview. Adds a print icon to the tool bar with a down arrow giving you the choices of Print, Print Preview or Page Setup. I limit printing to stay green. This add-on helps because it ensures I print only what I need and nothing more.

    Read it Later. Iíve always saved articles to read later by opening them in a tab and keeping it there until I read it. No, it didnít lead to having a bunch of open tabs. Because I donít like many tabs, it compels me to read them soon so I can get rid of them. Read it Later took over the job. The add-on puts a checkmark in your browser. Click the checkmark to add the page to Read it Later, click it again to remove.

    Web Developer. Iím not a web designer, but this toolbar has helped me out many times. You can disable Java, Javascript and colors, manage cookies, change up styles with CSS, adjust form options and much more.

    Word Count Plus. Anyone who writes web content where word counts matter needs this. Simple tool where you highlight the text, click the icon and see the word count. Now it just needs an added feature to count characters for Twittering outside the box.

    A bookmarks synchronizer that works between computers and across networks. I first used it back when it was Foxmarks, but encountered issues. Those issues are now gone, and the add-on comes with more features. It can synchronize passwords, give you information about a web page and create separate profiles. You can have a profile for each computer so you can pick and choose which bookmarks to display at each location.

    Iím sure Iím still missing some of your favorite add-ons, but I limit how many I install because Firefox does become a memory hog.So hereís your chance to fill in the blanks.

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    These are great, I found some I didn't have already.

    Can I just recommend keyscrambler? I got it a round of hackings due to keyloggers on livejournal. It basically encrypts your keystrokes-great for peace of mind:
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    13 Best Firefox Add-ons of 2013 | The Den

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    Every month, a committee of Firefox volunteers — who really, REALLY love Firefox Add-ons — puts their time and effort into finding the best new add-ons. These add-ons are the little pieces of software that add functionality to your Firefox browser and help you customize Firefox to meet your needs and tastes. Can you see why these volunteers like them so much?
    These were their top choices of each month in 2013, plus they picked one extra because, well, picking just one each month was hard!
    1) URL Link: Have you ever had an email that had a broken url across several lines? Or seen a textual link on a Web page that isn’t a clickable link? URL Link solves your problem by letting you select a string of text that isn’t a URL and open it as if it were a real, working link.
    2) Click and Clean: It’s like spring cleaning all the time, and on your browser! Delete your browsing history, temporary Internet files, download history and more. The CNET editors said “If you’re a Firefox user, and a fan of CCleaner, we highly recommend this free extension for easy access.” Not only do the professionals like it, the add-on also gets 5-star user reviews!
    3) Clear Console: The developers of this add-on had a vision. “Our work demanded frequent deletion of browser history, cookies and cache and it was boring every time go to the preferences and clear them. So, we thought that an add-on would serve the purpose, not just for us, but for all those who need it.” Thanks to them, you can clear your history, HTML5 storage, cache, cookies and more with one click. (Be sure to thank them when you download it!)
    4) Self-Destructing Cookies: This add-on isn’t just a cookie manager, it’s a new cookie policy. It lets you delete cookies from any site automatically when you close the window or tab. Would you prefer your cookie jar to be empty, except for a few sites that you care about? Are you worried about unconventional tracking methods? Then give this add-on a try.
    5) New Tab Plus: When you open a new tab, you can enhance that experience with added features and plugins, such as speed dial, cloud addition and cloud backup. (Plus, it’s based on HTML5!)
    6) Video Resumer:Usually, when you click through YouTube videos, they start from the beginning. No more! This add-on automatically resumes YouTube videos from where you played them last. Even if you restart your browser. Isn’t that better?
    7) Reload Plus: This one’s for the power users of Firefox. Now, you can supercharge your reload button and hot keys with new tasks!
    8) Stylish: Restyle your Web. This add-on lets you easily install themes and skins for Google, Facebook, YouTube, Orkut, and many other sites. You can even customize Firefox and other programs. Make the Web more beautiful for you.
    9) Fastest Search: Search and ye shall find – faster than ever. For example, Search plain text, whole-word, regular expression, in page(s) for current tab, all tabs or filtered tabs. And that’s just the beginning. Get searching!
    10) Google/Yandex Search Link Fix: This extension prevents Google Search from modifying result links when they are clicked. Google Search makes some people unhappy when they change the result link when you click it. If, instead, you try to copy the link you get some gibberish instead of the actual link. This extension disables this behavior — on any Google domain — without having to configure anything. Simply install and enjoy!
    11) S3 Google Translator: Hola! Bom Dia! Want to add the power of Google Translate into your Firefox browser? This add-on supports translation of selected text, an entered phrase or the whole Web page in more than 50 languages.
    12) BluHell Firewall: There are lots of add-ons for blocking ads, but some have extra features that you may not want or need. You just want to have a light-weight alternative. That’s BluHell Firewall!
    13) X-notifier: Know right away when “you’ve got mail!” X-notifier checks all of your Webmail accounts and notifies you about unread emails. It also supports some of your social channels, so you’re always on top of what your friends are saying.
    These are just the top 13 of the year. There are thousands of add-ons to let you customize your Firefox. There’s also a Support page for you if you ever have questions about how to install or troubleshoot add-ons.

    13 Best Firefox Add-ons of 2013 | The Den

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