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24 Best Firefox Add-ons You Should Know

24 Best Firefox Add-ons You Should Know

Firefox is one of the most popular web browser on internet with a large user base. To enhance the user experience, they offer great add-ons and widgets available at Firefox Add-ons section at free or nominal fees. Whether it is in the area of web development, social media, or security, Firefox add-ons really helps users in several ways. In this article, I will include some essential and best Firefox Add-ons that can ease your browsing experience.

Web Developer Add-ons

There are hundreds of Firefox add-ons available for web developers that helps them test and review website codes, code security, and many more things. Here are the top five web development tools that really help developers in finalizing work.

Firebug

Firebug

    This add-on provides great features for web developers; developers can edit, debug, and observe CSS, HTML, and Java script in any web page. This add-on is on number #1 position in this list due to great features and popularity among web developers.

    Ghostery

    Ghostery

      Ghostery Firefox add-on blocks scripts, iframes, and images of untrusted websites. It has ghost rank as an optional feature in which, it collects the data of websites who tracks user surfing behavior. Ghostery never shares collected data for any advertising purpose nor place any cookies in the user’s browser.

      NoScript Security Suite

      Noscript security suite

        If you want to block insecure Java script, plug-in, and iframes on your Firefox browser, NoScript Security Suite is the Add-on tjhat helps you to block such scripts. This add-on will allow only content a user allows to run from trustworthy sites. Many sites land a nefarious code on user’s website, and this can be avoided by NoScript security suite, and saves website from XSS, Cross-zone DNS binding, router hacking, and Clickjacking attacks.

        Flagfox

        Flagfox

          This add-on displays the country flag of where the current server is located as well shows other information like WHOIS, translation, similar sites, URL shortening, SEO, and web development search, diagnostics like pings and trace routes.

          There are thousands of web development add-ons available for Firefox, you can install them as per your needs and requirements. For more web developer plugins, you can visit this recent article published on mashable.

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          Social & Communication Add-ons

          As a social media lover, you need some finest add-ons that provide an improved social media experience. Users generally face trouble due to inappropriate log in security, phishing activity, and tracing cookies. All these difficulties can be solved with various social and communication Firefox add-ons.

          FB Phishing Protector

          FB protector

            As a user, you might encounter that the Facebook page asks you to provide log in credentials when you click on some link or visit a strange website. But beware of such notifications because it might be a Facebook phishing fraud. Recently Facebook frauds are on high and FB phishing protector saves users from XSS injection attack and warn users by detecting odd activity while offering a smooth social networking experience to user.

            LastPass

            Lastpass

              LastPass is a great password manager that requires a single master password to access other online services like online banking, ecommerce website, on which users generally register their account. With this add-on, password will not be stored in browser, so there is no fear of password theft. Users can access their account with encrypted password that can be accessed from anywhere. With LastPass, users will have password generation with auto completion features that make password procedure very easy.

              Google Translator

              Google Translator

                Translate any text into your own language with a single click with Google Translator. Users can translate the whole page or some text so the text will be overwritten with new text.  Users can also select a maximum 3800 character long text for translation.  Users have to select a piece of text and right click on mouse to translate the text into other language.

                DoNotTrackMe

                donottrack me

                  If a user wants to stop the companies or advertisers from following their browsing habits, users can opt for DoNotTrackMe and even with this add-on, a user can stop spam emails too.  In a paid version, $5 per month will get you extra protection for credit card security.

                  Evernote Web Clipper

                  Evernote

                    One of the most popular plugin Evernote web clipper, offer great features that saves your time and keep you on track by synchronizing information between different devices. User can save an entire page with the help of toolbar button or context menu. It also provides features to save text, links, images, and all stuffs with a single click. To find what users have stored can be revealed by clicking on web clipper icon and can see the entire account for clipped stuffs.

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                    Security Add-ons

                    Cyber attacks are mounting gradually, and that is why user security is a top priority for any company. When a user visits a website, he/she might be a victim of any malicious activity. However, with small precautions, users can enjoy safe browsing. We have presented below top five security add-ons for Firefox browser that will alert and block any malicious activity observed on your website.

                    AdBlock Plus

                    Adblock

                      AdBlock Plus prevents advertisement from loading on web page and prevents your PC from slowing down. It allows users to experience the web according to his or her needs. AdBlock Plus allows different features, like context selection for image, block tab for flash ads, java stuff, and list of worth blocking items. Users can enjoy better surfing speed by blocking ads and tracking cookies.

                      BugMeNot

                      Bugmenot

                        When a user deals with websites, many websites compel the user to subscribe or create an account to view their content. Once a user creates an account on their website, they track user’s surfing habits, and many of them sell data to advertisers. With BugMeNot add-on, user does not have to create different online account. When a user does right click on the mouse, a pop-up window will open that allows user to confirm the password of your account. This add-on gives anonymous details for many sites, and allows a user to directly login on website page.

                        HTTP Nowhere

                        HTTPNowhere

                          The best way to increase privacy on web is to encrypt the traffic. HTTP Nowhere is one of the most helpful add-on for blocking unencrypted URLS. User can block unencrypted traffic with the use of HTTP Nowhere add-on. A simple button asks user to allow or disallow the web request. User can change the blocked site status by enabling it in preference option.

                          BetterPrivacy

                          Better Privacy

                            BetterPrivacy helps user to get rid from super cookies that known as LSOs, which are centrally stored on server and is quite unmanageable by browsers. Such LSOs are flash cookies that may contain information like login details and other online activities. Many social networking sites take help of LSOs to get details about user’s surfing habit. With BetterPrivacy, user can manage LSOs by disabling auto delete function.

                            RequestPolicy

                            Request policy

                              Cross-site request means when a web page request browser to forward users onto other website. RequestPolicy blocks cross-site requests and the user will be prompted about blocked cross-site requests so that users will have the choice to go onto a website that they find suitable. This add-on will not allow websites that obtain your information by blocking the request.

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                              If you are looking for more plugins to enhance your browsing experience, you can visit this blog post series published by one popular SSL certificate provider. It includes SSL security related Firefox addons those are tested and demonstrate by experts.

                              Photo, Music & Video

                              When we talk about photo, music and video we generally wish to download them in our PC, mobile or Smartphone for future enjoyment. Here, we are sharing five popular Firefox add-ons that will make your entertainment experience smooth and easy. Whether you want to convert video, download video or mp3, or play video or mp3, all these things can be done with a single click. Below are top five Firefox add-ons for photo, music, and video.

                              Flash Got Mass Downloader

                              Flash Got downloader

                                This is the first and most popular Firefox add-on that allows user to download all movies and audio clips at maximum speed with a single click called Flash Got Mass Downloader. This add-on grabs all the links on web page and serves you for downloading.

                                Flash Video Downloader

                                Flash video downloader

                                  Currently, to download video formats like FLV, mp4 and HD is getting easier with Flash Video downloader. User can download their favorite videos from YouTube, Facebook, Metacafe and more. When an add-on finds a link on your website it turns it into a blue color, which means Flash Video downloader found a link on a webpage for download.

                                  Download YouTube videos as MP4

                                  Download YouTube

                                    Add a direct link from YouTube videos as MP4 and FLV format with Download YouTube Videos as MP4 add-on. Users can find a button on YouTube video page below the player. There are different video format sizes like Mp4 360p, Mp4 720p are available with this extension. This add-on does not pop up any ads and refers only YouTube’s download URLs.

                                    Iplex to All Player

                                    Iplex

                                      User can watch Iplex.pl movies straightly on ALL player version-4.6 and above versions. A streamlined player allows a user to enjoy a different taste of movies with an installed add-on.

                                      YouTube to Mp3

                                      YouTube to Mp3
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                                        This add-on offers a great converter of YouTube video to Mp3 format without losing quality. Users can add links from MyVideo, Clipfish, Sevenload, Dailymotion, and MySpace to convert videos into a high-quality mp3 format.

                                        Feed, News and Blogging

                                        You will be amazed when you have a single platform to access all your favorite news and blogging information. To access recent news, feed, or blogging, Firefox brings several useful add-ons that bring latest news and post at your fingertips. You no longer have to browse different websites for distinctive topics because we have gathered top add-ons that help to keep updated with the latest happenings on different topics across the world.

                                        StumbleUpon

                                        stumbleupon

                                          This add-on is famous for finding latest photos, videos, web pages that is suggested by community experts. User can save the page that he liked most and could make a list. Even sharing feature is also available with this add-on. User can share via email and Facebook what they find on StumbleUpon.

                                          Feedly

                                          Feedly

                                            Manage, read, and share your favorite content, feeds, blogs, and news sites with Feedly add-on. Whether you are interested in topic of health, technology or any other, you will find a synchronized content with this amazing add-on. Feedly is a successful transition of Google Reader, which was removed by Google. User can view content in Thumbnail or Grid size and can save content for later view.

                                            Pocket

                                            pocket

                                              When you find anything interesting on the web, you can put it in Pocket add-on for later offline viewing. It can synchronize with your Smartphone, tablet, or PC, and user can share content with their friends. Users can view it on any device, at any time, anywhere, without any internet connection.

                                              Readability

                                              Readability

                                                Some users feel that there’s lots of clutter that come along with reading content on a web page but with this add-on called Readability, user will have smooth reading experience. Just select “Read Now”, “Read Later” option to save content to reading list.  User can select “send to kindle” option that will send any web page to Kindle for better viewer experience. User can share content through Facebook, Twitter and email.

                                                Interclue

                                                Interclue

                                                  Hover mouse on links and know whether the link is phishing,malicious or is a dead link with Interclue add-on. This add-on will preview links with “optional extra information” and “next action” buttons. This add-on also creates page summaries within the browser, and frees the user from downloading summaries from a server. If the add-on is unable to download the page, it gives alternate option to check for cached version of page.

                                                  Firefox add-ons are developed by independent developers or companies to enhance the browsing experience of user. I strongly recommend reading reviews and details provided at the Firefox website. If you want me to include any particular add-ons category, or if you feel I missed a useful add-on, share them with me and give your feedback in the comments section!

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                                                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                  Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                                  There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                                  Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                                  It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                                  Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                                  1. OmniFocus

                                                  This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    2. Forest

                                                    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      3. Things

                                                      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        4. 30/30

                                                        Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          5. Any.Do

                                                          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              7. Asana

                                                              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                8. ToDoist

                                                                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  9. FlowTasks

                                                                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    10. Calendars 5

                                                                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        12. Due

                                                                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          13. Checkmark 2

                                                                          I use this app

                                                                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            14. TeuxDeux

                                                                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              15. Wunderlist 

                                                                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                                16. Nirvana

                                                                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  17. Priorities

                                                                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                                    18. Productive

                                                                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        20. Streaks

                                                                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            22. Day One Journal

                                                                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                              23. Evernote

                                                                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                24. Pocket

                                                                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    26. Droplr

                                                                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          29. Soulver

                                                                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                            30. Captio

                                                                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              31. Drafts

                                                                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                            Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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