Taking care of your browser’s cookies

Note: This post applies primarily to Mozilla Firefox.

Most websites like to store little pieces of information, called cookies, on your browser for various purposes. These can be useful, but they can also be harmful. Cleaning your cookies with an add-on like Self-Destructing Cookies or Cookie Monster can protect you.

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Don’t send more than you want to with RefControl

Note: This post applies primarily to Mozilla Firefox.

 

RefControl is a handy little add-on that stops websites from knowing what site you were on previously. Using RefControl is a simple way to help keep your browsing history private and help stop websites from tracking you.

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Adblock : A wonderful invention or bad for business?

Adblock is software that blocks ads. Most commonly, it’s a browser add-on. However, there is some debate on the use and ethics of adblocking software. While it is extremely convenient, some people argue that blocking ads is wrong because the website may not get paid for showing you ads.

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How to find HTTPS Everywhere

Connecting to websites using HTTPS is much more secure. But knowing which websites support it can be tricky, and it’s a hassle to use sometimes. If you use HTTPS Everywhere, you don’t have to worry about any of that while still reaping the security benefits.

 

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Saying yes to NoScript is saying no to exploits

Note: This post applies primarily to Mozilla Firefox.
 

If you’re looking for a safer internet browsing experience, or if you just want to play YouTube videos after a click and not automatically, NoScript is for you. It makes Firefox safer, faster, and is just generally worth your while. Continue reading

Making Firefox your own with add-ons

Note: This post applies primarily to Mozilla Firefox.

One of the greatest strengths of Firefox is its customizability. Many options are available by default, but Firefox also allows even more personalization through what are called “add-ons.” An add-on is a little bit of code that changes how something runs. It usually isn’t a program all by itself, but it enhances another program. You can think of an add-on like a sidecar for a motorcycle. It isn’t strictly necessary, but can be very useful. Continue reading