Monday, September 22, 2008

53 Firefox Add-ons for Achieving the Privacy and Security while surfing the net

Firefox is the most popular browser and it is generally considered as secured web browser too. But this protection would be not enough, and internet misdeeds are increasing day by day. At this point Firefox add-ons are doing eminent job by keeping its user privacy and exposing data to the outside world. There are thousand of add-ons exist for protecting user security. But in here I have itemized only the best add-ons and those were choosing by user ratings.

Protecting from phishing, viruses, thieves and hacker you may want to consider beefing up your Firefox’s security in general. If you’re really attentive about keeping your activity on certain websites and keep hackers away from delay on your private data then this list will be great resource for you. As I mention above there are thousand of add-ons doing same task so I have mainly consider about the effective side and popularity of the add-ons that I listed here.

Note: Theses add-ons are not hosted in our server or any other particular place. I have linked directly to the Firefox add-ons page. Also when creating this list I have only consider only about add-ons those are compatible with Firefox3.

  • Cookies can mess-up
Cookies are the first thing that can expose your privacy to outside when you’re browsing throughout the internet. Cookies are not making big risk. Many web sites will ask you for enable cookies create an interaction with your browser. But remaining these cookies in your hard driver may be harm.

This extension will allow you to easily control cookie permissions. It will appear on your statusbar. Just click on the icon to allow, block, or temporarily allow the site to set cookies.

View Cookies
It adds a tab to the Page Info dialog box, which shows the cookies belonging to the current page.

Add N Edit Cookies
Cookie Editor that allows you add and edit "session" and saved.

CookieSwap enables you to easily swap all your cookies so that you can be logged in to multiple web e-mail accounts (like Gmail and Yahoo! mail) at the same time and quickly switch between them.

Cookie Monster
Temporary Permission for sites to leave cookies, Set general Firefox setting to block all cookies -Updated menu structure, view cookies for current site or all sites, A panel for indicating the current status of cookies, Cookie Monster allows for easier managing of what sites a user allows to set cookies and what sites cannot. It works best for users who do NOT accept cookies by default, although this is not necessary.

Delete unwanted cookies

  • Encrypting data is the best way to hide secret reserves
Best way to protect data from steeling by others is encrypting. Encrypted data can’t recovery easily and it can read only persons who have send it and received.

Gmail S/MIME
Send and receive signed and encrypted messages in Gmail.

KeyScrambler Personal
KeyScrambler Personal encrypts your keystrokes at the kernel driver level to protect your information from keyloggers. (Windows only)

  • Protect your Secrecy
There are many information are requested by the web servers when we login to a site. This sending and receiving process is fully automated and it is an interaction between browser and web server, but ethical hacker can use these data against the system security and gaining into the private data.

This add-on can temporarily disable the Browsing History (also in Address bar), Cookies, Downloaded Files History, Disk Cache, Saved Form Information, Sending of Referrer Header, Recently Closed Tabs list

This is a security extension for Firefox that takes care of clearing private data (cookies, saved passwords, form history etc)

Secure Login
Secure Login is a login extension for Mozilla Firefox integrated password manager. Its main feature is similar to Opera's (the browser) Wand login.

This extension displays the form action (the site to which the information you've entered is being sent.) personally I love this extension. This can use to grab information from any web site.

Quickly closes tabs that you do not want others to see. Also clears your history and such at your discretion.

Move your mouse away and Firefox disappears. Then sweep it from the left edge of the screen, back to the right edge and again to the left edge. (Windows only)

  • Check every aspects of web sites can Beef up system Security
These add-ons mainly focus on online web site activities and checks for web sites than can made for malicious purpose. Avoiding redirections, malicious scripts, protect login data, avoid phishing scams, and a lot more can make you more secure online.

Dr.Web anti-virus link checker
This allows you to check any file you are about to download, any page you are about to visit with online version of Dr.Web anti-virus

Allow you to open a link without sending the HTTP referrer header.

Ever wanted to know what was behind the link before you clicked? Interclue tells you everything you need to know before you open yet another tab.

Jsview can use to view the source code of external files of any web site.

Finjan SecureBrowsing
Finjan SecureBrowsing is a free service that proactively alerts you to potential malicious content hiding behind links of search results, ads and other selected web pages.

BlockSite is an extension, which automatically blocks websites of your choice.

Cert Viewer Plus
Certificate viewer enhancements: PEM format view, file export

Open PGP Enhancements to HTTP. Implement Secure Session Management (user/password-less login to mod_openpgp enabled Apache web servers) and Signed Requests.

  • Keep away phishing sites is best for prevent data leaks
Phishing sites are mainly targeted and created for gathering user data. When user enters their identity they will collect them and showing error message to the user. This thread can see abundantly nowadays.

PhishTank SiteChecker
PhishTank SiteChecker gives Firefox users a way to bring the community judgment of PhishTank

Netcraft Toolbar
Blocks phishing sites, helping to protect users from online fraud

WOT, Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam.

  • Using disposal mail accounts is best for spamming
Disposal Email account is mail account some web services bring you to prevent from spamming. These mail accounts valid for few minutes only. After that they’ll automatically get deleting from the server. These temporary mail boxes are very useful when sign up with non trusty sites.
Generates temporary e-mail addresses for all those pesky online registration forms using the free
Create free disposable email addresses and paste them directly in forms.

Create temporary email addresses to prevent your mailbox from

  • Hide Identity with Proxies
I can’t guarantee that proxies will make you more secure on the net and make you hide from others. Even if you’re behind the proxy there are many ways to reveal you. As my experience proxies are very useful when you have got banned from any web site or server.

External IP
This extension displays your current external IP address in the browsers status bar. (This extension can use to check either proxies are working or not, so I have decided to itemize this extension with proxy section)

A proxy tool works on a customizable sites list!

Status bar button to turn the proxy on and off with a single click.

PhProxy - InBasic
Firefox add-on to achieve anonymity in surfing, using web-based proxy

Tor-Proxy.NET Toolbar
Get Safety and Anonymity by using TOR-Proxy.NET for surfing! Tor-Proxy.NET is a CGI-Web-Proxy, which tunnels your traffic through different anonymization -networks.

Torbutton provides a button to securely and easily enable or disable the browser's use of Tor. It is currently the only add-on that will safely manage your Tor browsing to prevent IP address leakage, cookie leakage, and general privacy attacks

SwitchProxy Tool
Switch Proxy lets you manage and switch between multiple proxy configurations

  • Passwords
All Password related extension are here. These are useful fro preventing from Password brut forcing and many other tricky things that hackers are doing to gaining others accounts.

SecurePassword Generator
Helps you create truly unique and secure passwords.

Master Password Timeout
Lock the master security device after a predefined period of inactivity to prevent unauthorized use of saved passwords.

Secure Login
Secure Login is a login extension for Mozilla Firefox integrated password manager. Its main feature is similar to Opera's (the browser) Wand login.

One Password To Rule Them All!

Password Hasher
Better security without bursting your brain

Automatically generates per-site passwords if you prefix your password with @@ or press F2 beforehand. Prevent Java Scripts from reading your password as it is typed.

Password Exporter
This extension allows you to export your saved passwords and disabled login hosts using XML or CSV files that can be imported in another browser or computer.

Bypass compulsory web registration with the context menu via

  • Your Privacy can expose to others if they remaining
Erasing your personal data, scramble tab, page titles and other junks that can use by hacker can control by using these add-ons.

Clear Private Data
This extension makes Firefox' "Clear Private Data..." feature more accessible.

Page Title Eraser
The Page Title Eraser (PTE) is a simple Mozilla Firefox extension which allows hiding title and icon (favicon.ico) of the selected tab. It provides more privacy at your workplace. (Windows only)

Hide surfing trails that the browser leaves behind (Turn on this app when you start surfing the Web. Turn it off when you’re finished, and all of your history will delete)

security extension for Firefox that takes care of clearing private data (cookies, saved passwords, form history etc) when necessary.

Deceive search engines to protect user privacy. Queries are generated using personalized keywords and clicks are randomly simulated on non-sponsored results.

ever you noticed that everybody looks the titles of your open tabs? It has a name: Paranoia! And a solution too: TabRenamizer!

Protects users against search data profiling

  • Some java scripts can malicious
Most hackers use java scripts for getting info about users. Nowadays it becomes as a big risk, these add-ons standing against leak your privacy through java scripts.

Controle de Scripts
Controle de Scripts is an extension that allows you to control what JavaScripts do on your browser.

The best security you can get in a web browser! Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect your self against XSS attacks.

JavaScript Options
Provides advanced JavaScript options for Firefox.