Whenever you’re connected to the Internet, there is a chance that you may come across fake popup advertisements, spyware, and malicious web sites. In order to ensure that Internet users are better protected, web browsers often provide their own security features and add-ons.
For Firefox users, take advantage of the Firefox private browsing mode; it does not save your viewing history, passwords, or cookies (which can be used by other people to track you).
To start private browsing in Firefox, select ‘Tools’ and click on ‘Start Private Browsing’.
An alert box will appear. Click ‘Start Private Browsing’ to continue. Tick the box if you do not want to see the alert message again.
There will be a masquerade mask icon showing that you’re in Firefox private browsing mode. During private browsing Firefox, the window title will display (Private Browsing).
To stop private browsing, just hit Ctrl+Shift+P.
For better security, and a better privacy Firefox, we have listed a couple of useful Firefox privacy addons below:
WOT (Web of Trust) warns you about risky websites by displaying a rating icon next to each site in your search results. The ratings are compiled from other users’ experiences and databases of suspicious sites. You can also add your own sites ratings and alter custom settings after registering on the WOT website.
If you hate popup advertisements, Adblock Plus is the solution. It provides a safe and annoyance-free Firefox private browsing experience. You can customize its blocking filters according to individual sites.
Panic is another addon for privacy purposes. By hitting custom-set hotkeys, you can immediately close all your opened tabs and open a pre-set page of your choice. This is to avoid other people checking out your online activities when you’re at work or a public place.
Have you used any of the above Firefox security and privacy addons, what has been your experience ? Do you know of any other security addons for Firefox ?