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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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                                                  How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                  How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                  Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                                  Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                                  So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                                  6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                                  When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                                  1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                                  Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                                  To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                                  In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                                  • Microsoft Excel
                                                  • Microsoft Access
                                                  • Statistics
                                                  • Data Analytics
                                                  • Adobe Campaign
                                                  • Quickbooks
                                                  • XML Database management system
                                                  • Filemaker Pro
                                                  • MATLAB
                                                  • Hive
                                                  • FORTRAN
                                                  • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                                  • SAS

                                                  2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                                  Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                                  Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                                  • Content Management System (CMS)
                                                  • Google Analytics
                                                  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                                  • Email Marketing
                                                  • Web Page Design
                                                  • WordPress
                                                  • Digital Media
                                                  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                                  • Campaign Management Software

                                                  3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                                  A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                                  • Adobe Photoshop
                                                  • Adobe InDesign
                                                  • Adobe Illustrator
                                                  • AutoCAD
                                                  • CorelDRAW
                                                  • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                                  • Maya
                                                  • Microsoft Word
                                                  • Microsoft Publisher
                                                  • Operating Digital Cameras

                                                  4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                                  The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                                  To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                                  • HTML
                                                  • C/C++
                                                  • Java
                                                  • Python
                                                  • XML
                                                  • UI/UX
                                                  • LINUX
                                                  • CISC and RISC architecture
                                                  • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                                  • Memory Management
                                                  • PCB Layout
                                                  • SQL

                                                  5. IT Troubleshooting

                                                  Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                                  So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                                  • Backup management
                                                  • Diagnostics
                                                  • End User support
                                                  • Client-Server management
                                                  • Installation and configuration
                                                  • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                                  • System administration
                                                  • Tech support

                                                  6. Enterprise Systems

                                                  Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                                  Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                                  The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                                  Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                                  Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                                  Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                                  1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                                  a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                                  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                                  Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                                  b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                                  This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                                  c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                                  Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                                  Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                                  2. Rule the Social Media World

                                                  a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                                  Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                                  From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                                  b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                                  This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                                  c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                                  Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                                  Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                                  3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                                  a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                                  From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                                  b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                                  Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                                  The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                                  c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                                  The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                                  4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                                  a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                                  It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                                  From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                                  b. Canva Design School

                                                  From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                                  c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                                  62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                                  d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                                  The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                                  Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                                  5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                                  a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                                  IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                                  It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                                  b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                                  The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                                  Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                                  The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                                  • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                                  • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                                  • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                                  • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                                  • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                                  • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                                  • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                                  Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                                  Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                                  1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                                  It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                                  Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                                  2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                                  Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                                  For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                                  3. Look for Shortcuts

                                                  Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                                  4. Apply for an Internship

                                                  Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

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                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                  Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                                  So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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