Updated: An IT Professional’s Must Have Firefox and Chrome Add-ons

imagePersonally, when I need advice I go straight to the experts . And, given the overwhelming reach and the complexity of today’s IT environment, I find myself, more and more, reaching out for additional information.

I have a terrific advantage though, since regular readers here tend to be in the IT game or, are extreme high level computer users possessing a wealth of techno recommendations. So, quite often, I don’t have to go very far to fill in the blanks in my own knowledge base. How cool is that?

Regular reader Georg L., an IT Professional from Vienna, Austria, who’s experience ranges from the days of DOS to the present, is always ready to “fill in the blanks” – as he did last year, when he generously put together a list of Browser extensions (for both Firefox and Chrome), which he has personally installed to boost Browser security, and in some cases, to increase Browser functionality.

Recently, I reposted this comprehensive list of add-ons which led to the following note from Georg – in response to the ever-evolving threat scenario, some changes have occurred in the meantime, and readers should update accordingly.

My current list of add-ons to Firefox 4.01:

Adblock Plus 1.3.8

Better Privacy 1.5.1

BitDefender QuickScan 0.9.9.3

Disconnect – A browser extension that stops major third parties and search engines from tracking the webpages you go to and searches you do

Download Statusbar 0.9.8   –   a very nice one to make downloads easier

Dr. Web anti-virus link checker 1.0.23   –  does what it says

Extended Copy Menu (fix version) 1.6.1c   –   another little helper

Fireclam 0.6.6   –   scans downloads for viruses

Flagfox 4.1.2

Flashblock 1.5.14.2

FoxyProxy Standard 2.22.6

Ghostery 2.5.3

HTTPS-Everywhere 0.9.6

Key Scrambler 2.8.0.1   –   a must for online banking

NextPlease 0.9.2   –   fast navigation over next and previous pages

NoScript 2.1.0.5

Optimize Google 0.78.2   –   removes ads and spam from Google search results

Padlock 0.1.2   –   padlock URL bar icon

PDF Download 3.0.0.2

Perspectives 4.1

Search Engine Security 1.2.0

ShowIP 0.8.19   –   shows the IP address of the current page in the status bar

SkipScreen 0.5.21amo   –   not really helpful, but still there

SmoothWheel (AMO) 0.45.6.20100202.1   –   scrolls the document smoothly when scrolling the mouse wheel

TACO with Abine 3.6.5   –   an absolute must these days

My current list of extensions to Chrome 13.0.772.0 in their current iterations:

AdBlock 2.4.6

BitDefender QuickScan 0.9.9.95

Disconnect – A browser extension that stops major third parties and search engines from tracking the webpages you go to and searches you do

Docs PDF/Power Point Viewer (by Google) – 3.5

FastestChrome – Browse Faster – 4.06

FlashBlock 0.9.31

Ghostery 2.3.0

Google Analytics Opt-out 0.9.0

Google Dictionary 2.0.5

Keep My Opt-Outs 1.0.10

Mini Google Maps 1.0.2

Secbrowsing 1.7

SmoothScroll  1.0.1

Ultimate Chrome Flag 0.3.7

Ultimate Google Docs Viewer 0.8.4.7

Wikipedia Companion 1.7.0

Georg is an accomplished professional and I can safely say, this list of Browser add-ons will resonate with readers who recognize the need to elevate Browser security.

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11 responses to “Updated: An IT Professional’s Must Have Firefox and Chrome Add-ons

  1. Fred

    “TACO with Abine 3.6.5 – an absolute must these days”
    Bill are these the SUPER COOKIES you’ve written about in the past?
    That folks can’t see but are stored on computer and, as I recall, no way to get rid of them?
    What is the current situation with those?
    Thanks,
    Fred
    PS it was a year ago late last May that I found your site, was a basket case due to AVG false positive, you helped me, you were patient, and I will never forget that.

    • Hi Fred,

      Always happy to help. Thanks for putting up with me for the last year. 🙂

      TACO with Abine “stops behavioral advertising by over 110 different companies who quietly track you as you surf”. So no, that’s quite the same thing as SUPER COOKIES, which BTW, have increased dramatically in the last year.

      Luckily, BetterPrivacy does a great job of getting rid of these privacy invaders.

      You can checkout my article on BetterPrivacy here.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. Michael Fisher

    The TACO UI is… ahem a little ‘vivid’ – looks good though – will try

    Thanks Bill & Georg

  3. TeX

    Hey Bill,

    I hate to ask a stupid question but what is the difference between TACO with Abine compared to Abine’s Privacy suite add on. When I went to install taco with abine, it said I could only keep either Taco or Abine Privacy suite. They look like they are both made by Abine.

    I looked on their website and couldn’t find taco with abine, only privacy suite. So which one do you recommend?

    TeX

    • Hey TeX,

      You know there are no stupid questions – only stupid answers. (so I won’t repeat that here). 🙂

      According to the site, TACO with Abine is the older version of just the targeted advertising opt-out cookies feature of the Opt-out & Block privacy app.

      Given the additional applets It seems to me that the Suite might be the way to go

      Best,

      Bill

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  5. Dave K

    Superb checklist of browser add-ons, Bill. I already have a few of these but I’ll certainly check out the rest. Thanks!
    All the best,
    Dave K

    • Hi Dave,

      Long time – no hear. Trust all is well at your end.

      Best,

      Bill

      • Dave K

        Hi Bill
        I’m suffering from information overload, which is why I’m so late reading your posts. Once I get slightly behind with my reading, it’s so very easy to get massively behind – which is what I am today. So I’m forced to be ruthless and delete a lot of emails and RSS feeds without reading them. But I’m determined to check every one of yours – however fleetingly!
        Kind regards,
        Dave K

        • Hi Dave,

          Man, do I hear you! It’s getting harder to stay up-to-date.

          I did notice that It had been a while since I’d heard from you – it’s great to have you back.

          Best,

          Bill