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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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                                                  Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                  Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                                  Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                                  Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                                  So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                                  Joe’s Goals

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                                                    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                                    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                                    Daytum

                                                      Daytum

                                                      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                                      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                                      Excel or Numbers

                                                        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                        Evernote

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                                                          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                          Access or Bento

                                                            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                            Conclusion

                                                            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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