Firefox and Chrome Add-ons For The Paranoid Internet Surfer

image Two of the most popular readers questions I get here are: Which Browser add-ons do I really need? Which add-ons do I (meaning me), use? Not a surprising question really; with the huge number of Browser extensions available, it can be difficult for users to determine which ones to consider adding – the choices seem unlimited.

I could sit down and write an article on those Browser add-ons that I wouldn’t be without. But, let’s try something a little different today.

Regular reader Georg L., an IT Professional from Vienna, Austria, who’s experience ranges from the days of DOS to the present, has laid out a list of Browser extensions (for Firefox and Chrome), which he has installed to boost Browser security, and in some cases, to increase Browser functionality.

This list of Browser add-ons will resonate with readers who recognize the need to elevate Browser security. Not surprisingly, both Georg and I have installed essentially the same add-ons. Particularly those add-ons designed to increase Browser security.

Firefox:

Adblock Plus 1.2.2

Better Privacy

BitDefender QuickScan

Flagfox

Flashblock

FoxyProxy Standard

Ghostery

GoogleSharing

HTTPS-Everywhere

NoScript

PDF Download

Perspectives

Qualys BrowserCheck

Search Engine Security

SkipScreen

Chrome:

AdBlock

AntiAds

BitDefender QuickScan

ChromeFlags

FastestChrome – Browse Faster

FlashBlock

Ghostery

Google Analytics Opt-out

Google Dictionary

Mini Google Maps

Secbrowsing

SmoothScroll 

Ultimate Google Docs Viewer

Wikipedia Companion

Just to be clear – it’s not paranoia if they really are after you? I can assure you, if you’re connected to the Internet, they (cyber criminals) really are after you!

This article is an edited version of the original article which was published August 30, 2010.

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4 responses to “Firefox and Chrome Add-ons For The Paranoid Internet Surfer

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Had most of the FF ones, thanks largely to you.

    Qualys BrowserCheck is still shown as not compatible with FF4 but I run it anyway; no problems so far.

    Latest version of Adblock Plus is 1.3.8

    I’d be interested in your comments on some of the others I have. Is this overkill? Not all are compatible with FF4.

    ClearCache Button
    CreditCardNanny
    DNSSC Validator
    G Data CloudSecurity
    KeyScrambler
    M86Security
    Netcraft Anti-Phishing Toolbar
    NoRedirect
    RequestPolicy

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      Same here – I have no problem running Qualys BrowserCheck in FF4. As for the other add-ons you’re running, I have in fact, tested many of them successfully.

      Overkill? I’m not sure that it is. The real criteria, it seems to me is, whether add-ons have negative impact on Browser speed and control issues.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. regnor

    I’m using many of the firefox addons by myself, but if I’m really paranoid I would rather use a virtual machine with a non-persistent hdd; or even better surfing with lynx 😉

    • Hey Regnor,

      I agree – Windows users who have the necessary skills should always run in a virtual environment when surfing the Net. And, you’re right – running with Linux (either installed, or with a Live CD), is a great idea.

      Bill