5 Best Mozilla Firefox Privacy-focused Add-ons

If you’re a privacy enthusiast, you might be using one of the best open-source web browsers: Mozilla Firefox. Even if you don’t care about online privacy, it’s best to opt for Mozilla Firefox, thanks to its set of pro-privacy features.

That’s not all; you can do a lot more to protect your online privacy. Among the options, an easy and quick one is to install privacy-focused add-ons in Mozilla Firefox. Since Firefox is one of the oldest browsers on the planet, it offers a plethora of add-ons — for every purpose!

That said, let’s check out the best privacy-centric add-ons you can install in Mozilla Firefox. Let’s dive in.

Ghostery

Ghostery is one of the best privacy-focused extensions with an intuitive user interface. What’s most interesting is, it uses an artificial intelligence engine to smartly block trackers and advertisements to help avoid issues on websites.

Enhanced anti-tracking of Ghostery

Ghostery offers Smart Blocking — a feature to optimize the performance of the webpages. Moreover, it maintains the page quality by intelligently blocking and unblocking non-secure or slow trackers, anonymizing your web history.

Ghostery shows just the required content and blocks everything else including online ads, thus decluttering the web pages. Also, it prevents trackers from gathering your information like your location, computer type, window size, browser, and your browsing habits, helping you browse the web safely!

Ghostery shows detailed information too

Blur

Blur — previously known as DoNotTrackMe — is a perfect browser extension for securing your data and online privacy. It limits the information you share with third-parties such as advertising companies and trackers, like Ghostery.

Blurs helps to mask your email address

Blur can mask email addresses to protect your online identities. What’s most interesting is, you can also mask credit cards and phone numbers (a premium feature, sadly), protecting you from online fraud and identity thefts.

Unlike Ghostery, Blur is also one of the best password managers, helping you to manage passwords. It can encrypt, save, and organize all your passwords to help you log in quickly and securely on the web as well as on iPhone and iPad.

Blur can mask debit or credit cards

Private Bookmarks

Private Bookmarks adds a missing feature to Mozilla Firefox. It enables a special password-protected bookmark folder that’s encrypted with your password. The private bookmark folder can be backed up, imported, and exported too.

You can hide web pages in this private folder from prying eyes. It encrypts the folder and hides it on your machine, making it invisible. One can only access it with your password.

Settings of Private Bookmarks in Firefox

Interestingly, Private Bookmarks can auto-lock your private bookmarks when you’re idle or not using a private browsing session. Also, it can auto-lock the private folder if you close the browser while the folder was left unlocked.

Multi-Account Containers

If you’d like to organize your online life and maintain privacy, Multi-Account Containers is a great solution. It helps create containers — an isolated group of your online identities and services.

In short, it allows running two identities side-by-side, say your official and personal accounts at the same time.

Create new container in Multi-Account Containers

Hence, you can stay logged into multiple accounts without using multiple browsers or constantly signing in and out of your accounts. What’s more interesting is, it helps isolate your accounts. So, if you search for “developer jobs” using your personal account, your work account services can’t track it.

Using Multi-Account Containers in Mozilla Firefox

Cookie Manager

Cookie Manager helps you to manage the cookies on any web page. It works in private mode and runs on Firefox Mobile as well. You can view all cookies, search cookies using a domain, path, or content.

Moreover, you can do a sort of actions on the cookies — add, edit, remove, whitelist, and import or export the cookies.

Cookie Manager for Mozilla Firefox

Cookies are text files that keep track of your online activities as well as your identities. So, Cookie Manager helps you to manage or remove cookies, allowing you to control web tracking.

It also recognizes cookies from default or private browsing sessions and container tabs and groups them into relevant jars.

That’s all about the privacy-focused add-ons for Mozilla Firefox. I suggest you get Ghostery — it blocks tracking-related technologies, hardening your online privacy. I also suggest installing Multi-Account Containers — an awesome add-on for ensuring isolation between multiple accounts of service (say Gmail).

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20 Useful Firefox Sidebar Add-ons

Mozilla has always strived to provide its users with features and services for a wonderful and productive browsing experience. The Firefox browser is so flexible that you can easily optimize it for better performance, through certain commands and especially with the help of add-ons.

So if you are an avid Firefox user and want to make this already awesome browser more amazing take a look at these useful Firefox sidebar add-ons. These add-ons give you quick access to your most-used apps and services as a sidebar on your current screen. So, let’s jump right into it.

Sidebar+

Slidebar+ lets you add frequently-used tools in your sidebar. For example, you can access current tabs, bookmarks, downloads, history, and more. What I liked more is, Sidebar+ also supports Pocket and RSS, thus you can read the news in the sidebar as well.

sidebar-plus

Tree Style Tab

Tree Style Tab allows you to manage your tabs in a tree view. You can drag-and-drop as well as group tabs under a common root. Also, you can expand and collapse its branches or close a whole branch/group of tabs in one go.

I find it is most helpful when you have opened lots of tabs and need to manage them, such as, while doing research.

tree-style-tab

Pocket in Sidebar

Pocket in Sidebar allows you to see your list of links saved in Pocket. You can access the stacked articles in its reading mode or open them in new tabs with a click of the mouse. However, it does not work with the Pocket in Firefox.

Sidebar for Google Search

Sidebar for Google Search eases googling while browsing the web. You can perform a search on Google directly from the sidebar without switching tabs or opening a new window.

Also, there is a pop-up button to open the current search in a new tab.

sidebar-for-google-search

Pile

Pile is your temporary bookmark manager that resides in the sidebar of Firefox. It lets you save temporary links (bookmarks), which you need to review later. Using its Pile button in the toolbar, you can quickly add pages to your temporary bookmarks list.

You can also use its shortcuts to promptly add links and pages in the Pile folder.

pile

Tab Sidebar

Tab Sidebar is another tab manager that allows you to work with multiple tabs efficiently by showing them up neatly in the sidebar. You can open, close, and manage the tabs from any tab.

Lastly, you can also group them using its marker tabs.

tabs-sidebar

PwdHash Sidebar

PwdHash Sidebar is a tool to create strong passwords. I liked its strategy to create passwords – it creates a password using a hash of the combination of the site address and your password.

That means, using your one password (which you need to note and remember), it creates different, random passwords for each website.

pwdHash

Facebook Messenger as a Sidebar

With the Facebook Messenger as a Sidebar, you can chat with your friends on Facebook while browsing the web. Using this add-on, you need not switch to the Facebook tab to check new message.

On the contrary, you can read the incoming messages or send new messages directly from any tab, thanks to this add-on in the sidebar.

facebook-messenger-sidebar

Twitter as a Sidebar

Twitter as a Sidebar, similar to the above add-on, lets you use Twitter from any tab. You can catch all the news and updates on Twitter without switching to the Twitter tab

Using this add-on, the fixed sidebar reveals the latest tweets, and you can also reply to these tweets or post new tweets directly from the sidebar of Firefox.

twitter-sidebar

Yahoo Mail Sidebar

If you are a Yahoo user, you can access all your emails right in the sidebar of Firefox. You can also reply to and forward mails, and perform all other functions of Yahoo Mail from the sidebar, and check out other sites in browser tabs simultaneously.

Sidebar for YouTube

Sidebar for YouTube lets you watch YouTube videos in the sidebar while you browse or work on other tabs and pages. You can perform all usual activities on YouTube such as pausing, rewinding, liking, sharing, and commenting on the videos.

There is also a pop-out button to open the current video in a new tab of the browser.

youtube-sidebar

Google Keep Notes

With this add-on, Google Keep gets fixed to the side of your browser screen. You can view all your notes in the sidebar, write new notes, and perform all related functions such as color-coding the notes, adding time and location, etc. in the sidebar.

WeChat sidebar

WeChat Sidebar allows you to chat with your friends on WeChat while working on some other tab or page in Firefox. You can sign in right from the sidebar, check and write new messages, and manage your conversations as well without switching tabs.

pwdHash

Gmail Mail Sidebar

If you are a Gmail user, this add-on will make your life easy. With this add-on in the browser sidebar, you can check all incoming emails and perform related actions such as replying, forwarding, labeling, and composing mails right from the sidebar.

Telegram as a Sidebar

Webogram, the unofficial web version of Telegram, gets integrated into the sidebar of your browser using this add-on.

Thus, you can chat incessantly with friends or groups of friends, share pictures, location, contacts, videos, and other documents without the need to switch tabs while using Telegram as a Sidebar in Firefox browser.

telegram-sidebar

Sidebar Notepad

Sidebar Notepad lets you create and edit notes through the sidebar. Though the add-on is simple with a single screen to create or save notes, like in Sticky Notes on Windows.

What I found interesting is, the notepad content is saved to the local storage and is protected with a password, ensuring confidentiality on multi-user systems.

sidebar-notepad

2048 Sidebar

When you are bored of the routine work on your computer, you can amuse yourself with a game of 2048, a popular one-player, block-sliding game. 2048 Sidebar makes it possible to play this game right in the sidebar.

I find it is a great stress buster when you are working on something heavy and want to refresh your brain cells.

2048-sidebar

Downloads sidebar

This sidebar makes all your latest downloads visible and lets you manage them. You can view the status of files being downloaded, pause or cancel the download, see them in folders, and view all the other details related to the downloaded files such as date of download, size of files, and so on.

Sidebar Note

Sidebar Note makes the note-taking process easier and faster. You can keep jotting down your notes in the sidebar while reading an Internet page or a PDF document.

It proves extremely useful when you have to take ample notes from different web pages like while doing research or need to jot down something simple like contact details.,

sidebar-note

The History Panel

The History Panel add-on makes it possible to view your browser history directly in the sidebar of your browser screen. The links are sorted by date and time, and you can also sort them through a domain.

However, you cannot do a search in the browsing history as it is possible to do with the default history feature of Firefox.

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40 Firefox Add-ons For Better Productivity

Anyone who uses the Internet spends a lot of time on browsing the web. However, people always appreciate if they can save time during their borwsing experience. So if Firefox is your go-to browser and want to save time while using it, then you have access to a plethora of add-ons to customize your browsing experience.

In this post, I am going to share with you more than 35 useful Firefox add-ons that’ll help you save time one way or another.

Session Manager – Sessions Manager helps you save the current state of the opened tabs in a Firefox window and recover it when needed. It can even recover tabs state after a crash.

Session Manager

Tab Preview – Simply shows a preview of the other opened tabs when you hover your mouse cursor over them. Very handy if you always have dozens of tabs opened and want to reach the right tab quickly.

Tile Tabs – Tile Tabs helps you organize your tabs in highly customizable tiles. You can create vertical, horizontal, or grid style tiles and easily view and manage tabs.

Tile Tabs

ColorfulTabs – ColorfulTabs randomly gives a color to your opened tabs to make it easier to distinguish between multiple tabs. A must have extension to save time while working on dozens of tabs.

ColorfulTabs

Tab Mix Plus – It’s a highly customizable tab manager for Firefox that gives full control over your tabs. You can manage what each tab should do when it is opened/closed or is in session. There are also option to manage links, events, mouse shortcuts, tab display and much more.

ShareThis – ShareThis makes it easy to quickly share any web page or web page content over your favorite social network website. It has support for over 45 social media networks.

sharethis

I don’t care about cookies – Due to EU regulations about cookies, many websites are bound to show an annoying pop up to confirm that the website is using cookies. This extension simply gets rid of that pop-up and saves you that one extra click.

Gif Block – GIFs can eat up bandwidth and slow down page loading speed, and many websites use GIFs today. If you don’t want GIFs to load without your permission, then install Gif Block. It will automatically block GIFs.

URL Fixer – URL Fixer solves one of the biggest browsing problems, URL typos. It will automatically fix most common URL typos and let you access the right website. You can add your own typo corrections and even configure it to ask before fixing a URL.

AutoCopy – As the name suggests, AutoCopy automatically copies anything you highlight in Firefox to the clipboard. You can then use the middle mouse click to paste it. A very handy extension if you need to copy/paste often.

AutoCopy

Better Gmail 2 – This add-on adds few helpful features to Gmail to make it easier and faster to manage your Gmail account. Some of the features include, unread messages count in tab favicon, attachment icon, hierarchical labels, and hide spam and chat, etc.

Grammarly – Grammarly automatically finds typos and grammar mistakes and lets you quickly fix them. It works on most of the websites, including email services and social media websites.

Grammarly

Lazarus – Lazarus simply saves all form entries you make and lets you restore it in case it gets deleted due to internet problem, crash, or a server timeout. It can recover form entries, comments, and any WYSIWYG editor content. It may not sound very useful, but it’s only because you haven’t faced a form crash yet. Just install it, you can thank me later.

iMacros for Firefox – This is basically an automation tool for repetitive tasks. You just need to record any task that you need to repeat often and iMacros will let you complete it with a single click whenever you need. The possibilities are limitless, but some of the things you can do include, automatic form filling, download/uploading content, updating websites, and much more.

Amazon Assistant for Firefox – If you shop on Amazon, then this will surely help save time and shop smartly. It will help you access daily deals, compare prices, track orders, create a universal wishlist, and much more.

Amazon Assistant for Firefox

Gmail Manager-community – The extension helps you manage multiple Gmail accounts in a single tab and view and control other accounts without moving away from the current account. Really handy for people with multiple Gmail accounts.

Reddit Enhancement Suite – A must have add-on for Reddit fanatics. Reddit Enhancement Suite adds features like unlimited scrolling, image preview, keyboard shortcuts, easy switching between two accounts, and much more to make it easy to use Reddit.

Reddit Enhancement Suite

Disconnect – Disconnect stops all types of third-party tracking websites that track and store your data. It’s not only good for privacy but also speeds up browsing up to 44% as the tracking is disabled.

Disconnect

Magic Actions for YouTube – This add-on adds multiple features to YouTube to make your experience faster and smoother. Some of the features include AutoHD, screenshot, rating review, enlarge thumbnails, loop videos, hide comments/related videos, and stop autoplay.

Wikiwand – Wikiwand magically overhauls UI of Wikipedia and makes it much more advanced and easier on the eyes. The table of contents is on the left, and content is much more clear and easier to read.

Stylish – Stylish gives you tools to style websites the way you want them to work. You can customize the layout, change colors, remove content, add panels, and much more.

Adblock Plus – One of the best extensions to block ads. Adblock Plus will automatically block almost all types of ads you see while browsing the web, including video, audio, animation and text ads. As ads slow down browsing and create distractions, it will speed up your browsing. Although don’t forget to whitelist websites you care about, as ads fund them to keep providing free service.

Adblock Plus

Similar Sites – Simply click on the Similar Sites icon in the search bar and this extension will show a list of websites that are similar to the one you are viewing. Talk about faster research.

Similar Sites

Full Web Page Screenshots – A powerful screenshots extension that can take screenshots of individual tabs simultaneously and even create PDFs out of them. You can also edit and annotate screenshots.

Morning Coffee – A very handy extension to organize your favorite content websites by days and automatically open them on a specific day. It can make it really easy to get your daily dose of web content, such as news websites or weekly columns.

Speed Dial (Lite) – Similar to Opera’s speed dial feature, this add-on offers you a speed dial UI in Firefox to save your favorite websites for quicker access. The UI is fully customizable and you can even add a background image.

Vertical Toolbar – Simply adds a vertical toolbar at the side of Firefox window where you can add extensions, bookmarks, and buttons for quick access.

QuickJava – QuickJava offers shortcut buttons to quickly enable/disable Javascript, cookies, images, Flash, Silverlight, Stylesheet, and proxy. If you frequently mess with these options for security or bandwidth saving, then this add-on will make things much faster.

LastPass – One of the best password managers, LastPass will automatically save all your passwords and make it easier to automatically login to websites. You just need to remember a single master password to manage all your passwords.

LastPass

Xmarks – A simple extension to save all your bookmarks and syncs them over all your devices. If you don’t want to waste time syncing and moving bookmarks, then get Xmarks and store all bookmarks in one place.

Xmarks

Notepad (QuickFox) – A simple note taking add-on that focuses on taking notes faster. It uses tabs layout to quickly jot down multiple notes and has features like spell check, auto copy/paste, and auto save to make note taking easy.

DownThemAll – A must have extension for any Firefox user. DownThemAll not only helps save time by speeding up download speed up to 4 times but also helps stop/resume and manage downloads in one place.

Save File to – This add-on removes the need to deal with “Save File to” dialog. Anything you download will be directly downloaded to your predefined folder.

Save File to

ScrollAnywhere – The extension makes your middle mouse button work as a quick grab and move button for the scrollbar. Just press the middle mouse button and move up/down to scroll.

FireGestures – This add-on puts dozens of mouse gestures in your hand to do almost anything in Firefox. You can move between tabs, move forward/backward, close/open tabs, re-open tabs, and a whole lot more just with your mouse. You can even create your own scripts if you can.

FireGestures

TabScope – Viewing the contents on the each tab may be quite a time consuming task hence, this add-on makes it easier since you can preview and navigate the tab contents through pop-up either in the backward or forward direction.

tabscope

FlashGot – This add-on helps maximizes your download speed. It is light-weight, reliable and amongst the most popular download manager.

flashgot

Firebug – This add-on probably doesn’t need any introduction. For web designers and developers, this is a must-have.

firebug

FireFTP – This is a secure, cross platform FTP tool for Mozilla. If you are a fan of opening too many apps, then this add-on is for you.

fireftp

Summary

All these Firefox add-ons will make your work easier and get things done faster. Tab management is probably the best way to save time and work hassle free, and I’ll recommend you to check out Tab Mix Plus for this as it’s astonishingly functional.

If there are any other time-saving Firefox add-ons that you use, share with us in the comments.

Browser Add-Ons To Enhance Your YouTube Viewing Experience

YouTube is the most comprehensive medium of learning and entertainment. You can teach yourself a great deal through cooking, house-keeping, technology and various other channels, or you can simply watch cat videos all day.

However, there are minor annoyances that people often complain about. Most common complaints are about the layout being distracting, too much white space, and annoying advertisements that eat into your video-viewing time.

To tackle these problems, here are 8 browser add-ons for Chrome and Firefox so next time you watch YouTube videos you get the best viewing experience.

1. Enhancer for YouTube™

As the name suggests, Enhancer for YouTube™ is created to enhance your overall YouTube experience with different tweaks. Some of the notable actions it adds include the ability to control volume and playback with the mouse wheel, remove annotations automatically, loop videos, and play videos in your preferred quality.

Enhancer for YouTube™

The extension also removes ads from the YouTube player, and you can enlarge the size of the player as well. Interestingly, if you don’t like the current theme of YouTube, then this extension also lets you apply custom themes that will surely please your eyes.

Get it on Chrome | Firefox

2. YouTube Flash Player

Agreed that HTML5 is the future of video playback, but Flash isn’t dead yet; and for a good reason. Flash is lighter on system resources such as CPU and RAM, and it keeps buffering the video even if you stop. Therefore, on a low-end PC and slow network, Flash player allows you to view HD videos by simply letting it buffer before playing. The YouTube Flash Player extension replaces YouTube HTML5 player with the Flash player.

YouTube Flash Player

A simple click on the extension will let you switch the player from Flash to HTML5 and vice versa. Although do keep in mind that Flash player may not work best on your specific device, so make sure you experiment with both the players to see which one works for you best.

Get it on Chrome | Firefox

3. SmartVideo For YouTube

If you want to play YouTube videos in full HD but YouTube keeps kicking you in the 360p club due to your slow internet speed, then this is the extension you need. It enhances your YouTube viewing experience by giving you full control over the buffering bar and play the video in your preferred quality without any lag.

SmartVideo For YouTube

It has multiple buffer strategies, like you can make the video play when it fully buffers or let it buffer but play it whenever you like. It also has a smart buffer feature that plays the video automatically when it could be fully played without stopping.

The extension is also highly customizable and you can manage settings for both the YouTube player and embedded YouTube videos separately.

Get it on Chrome | Firefox

4. YouTube Plus

Another handy extension that adds a ton of new actions to enhance your YouTube viewing experience. YouTube Plus lets you play your video in a pop-out window that will float in your desired place. You can then move around and even read the comments while still keeping the video in view.

It also gives you control over the video FPS rate and you can even view the video frame-by-frame (perfect for tutorials).

YouTube Plus

The extension removes ads from all the YouTube videos, and you can blacklist channels to never come in your suggestions or search results. Some of its other features include the ability to increase player size, reverse playlist, take screenshots of videos, see total uploaded videos by a creator, save video thumbnail, and more.

Get it on Firefox

5. YouTube Control Center

As the name implies, this extension lets you control basic features of YouTube and make them autonomous. You just need to specify your preferences and the YouTube player will work as you demand.

To name some of the features you can control, you can set playback quality, default playback volume, control autoplay, control buffer bar, pause current YouTube player when another player plays, control annotation, and more.

YouTube Control Center

Apart from playback, it can also hide comments, views info, buttons and video details. Furthermore, it can also block flash based advertisement, and even add custom themes to the YouTube player.

Get it on Chrome | Firefox

6. Video Preview

YouTube is loaded with clickbait videos. The video thumbnail suggests something really awesome, but inside there is nothing but disappointment. If you are tired of such videos wasting your time, then install Video Preview right away.

After installing the extension, you just need to hover your mouse cursor over a video’s thumbnail and it will show random pictures from it to help you get a better idea.

Video Preview

These pictures selected for preview span over the full duration of the video, therefore you’ll probably never fall for a clickbait again. Additionally, the extension shows the rating of the video right above their thumbnail to ensure you click on the right one.

Get it on Chrome | Firefox

7. Audio Only Youtube

Although YouTube is a video streaming website, but much of its content is focused on the audio. If you want to focus on listening to the audio of the video only, then Audio Only YouTube will get the job done. The extension disables the video and lets you listen only to the audio of the video.

Audio Only Youtube

You might think it will only hide the video, but it actually disables it and helps you save bandwidth. The developer claims it can you save up to 50% of bandwidth. It’s also easy to enable/disable the extension to watch the video or listen to the audio.

Get it on Chrome

8. ImprovedTube – YouTube Extension

ImprovedTube also adds a bunch of tweaks and controls to YouTube. It allows you to preset video quality and framerate that you think is right, and you can also expand the player to a full window size. Interestingly, it has a blue-light filter that helps you continuously watch video without any eye itching.

ImprovedTube - YouTube Extension

Some of its other notable features include the ability to hide video details, hide comments, hide related videos, set playback speed, set volume, manage autoplay, and play video in a pop-up.