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10 Firefox Add-ons You Should Not Miss

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10 Firefox Add-ons You Should Not Miss

Is Firefox your preferred browser? If you use Firefox, these add-ons are some of the best to consider downloading to help make your browser more useful and efficient – alongside a few add-ons that can even help you to be more efficient, too.

Here are 10 of the best Firefox add-ons currently available to help make your browsing experience even better.

1. Mind The Time

Mind The Time

    Do you feel like you spend too much time on Twitter and Facebook? If you do, Mind The Time is the perfect Firefox add-on to help you be more productive when you’re online. Mind The Time tells you how much time you spend on each site during the day, as well as the total length of time you spent on the web that day.

    2. Resurrect Pages

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    Resurect Pages

      If you hate having to deal with dead pages and broken links, try downloading Resurrect Pages. This handy Firefox add-on does exactly what it says on the tin- it will resurrect pages for you. A useful, time-saving add on.

      3. Tile View

      Tile View

        Tile View allows you to split your Firebox window into multiple browsers in a tile format, so you can view all of your tabs side by side. The best part of this app is that you can save any layouts you make to come back to later! Saving a personalized layout of your most visited sites will make your browsing experience easier and more efficient.

        4. Idderall

        Idderall

          Another Firebox add-on to stop you procrastinating online, Idderall takes it one step further than Mind The Time; it allows you to block distracting websites while you work. This add-on is extra useful because you can choose the times that the websites are blocked – ideal for anyone who uses their laptop or computer for work.

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          5. Reminder Fox

          Reminder Fox

            Never forget anything again with Reminder Fox, a Firefox add-on that displays your reminders and a to-do list. Use alerts and lists to remind you of important dates, and add an online calendar you can use whenever Firefox is open.

            6. OmniSidebar

            OmniSidebar

              Use OmniSidebar to personalize your sidebar and make it more efficient. This add-on allows you to bring your bookmarks into view, make your toolbar smaller, or move your sidebar to the side of your screen. The best part of this add-on is you can enhance your sidebar, and make it more useful to you personally.

              7. Screengrab

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              Screengrab

                Screengrab allows you to save full webpages as images, rather than just the part shown on your screen. This Firefox add-on also allows you to take pictures of particular sections or frames, which you can then save as a file or upload to the internet. Handy!

                8. Keycon Fig

                Keyconfig

                  Keycon Fig is a super useful add-on that allows you to scroll through Firefox quickly and efficiently using keyboard shortcuts. You can scroll backwards and forwards through your internet history, scroll through the tabs you have open, and even zoon in and out.

                  9. The Fox, Only Better

                  The Fox, Only Better

                    If Firefox is your preferred browser, The Fox Only Better is a great add-on for you. The Fox Only Better simply improves your browers, making it faster and more streamlined. There are tons of benefits to this add-on, from giving you extra screen room to allowing you to customise your Firefox.

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                    10. Classic Theme Restorer

                    Classic Theme Restorer

                      Do you miss the old Firefox layout? If so, don’t worry – you can easily go back to it with the Classic Theme Restorer. With the Classic Theme Restorer you can go back to the old squared tabs, menu, add-on bar, alongside many more classic features you love and remember.

                      Do you know any other useful Firefox add-ons? Let us know your ideas in the comment section below!

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                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                      There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                      Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                        What Does Private Browsing Do?

                        When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                        For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                        The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                        The Terminal Archive

                        While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                        Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                        dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                        Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                        Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                        However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                        Clearing Your Tracks

                        Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                        dscacheutil -flushcache

                        As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                        Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                        Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                        If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                        As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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