Public Fox is a nice add-on for Firefox that lets you lock down the browser.
Public Fox is a nice add-on for Firefox that lets you lock down the browser.
Running out of room across the top of the Firefox browser window? Why not try adding a few things to the side instead? The Vertical Toolbar add-on for Firefox will help you organize your browser by adding an additional toolbar to the far right side of the browser window.
Do you belong to every social network that pops up on the Web? I am kind of a sucker for them, so of course I turned towards Firefox to help me keep up with them all. Yoono helps you keep all your social networks and instant messaging needs all in one easy to use application. Easily get all your updates or update your own status, across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and more.
Firefox collections are groups of related add-ons assembled for easier sharing. This idea was launched from the Firefox Add-ons site several months ago. Since some time has passed, I thought it might be interesting to check back in with this online Mozilla feature to see which collections are the most popular out there.
Here are the most popular add-on collections for the Firefox browser:
32430 subscribers – This collection of add-ons were gathered to help you make Firefox 3 more seamless in the Windows 7 operating system. Not only do you get the nice theme and tweaking add-ons, but you also get some great time conserving tools too!
Searching in Firefox is a very easy thing to do. Just type a phrase into the search box in your upper-right corner of the browser and hit the “Enter” key. Now the trick is, how can we make searching in Firefox better? Here are ten of the most popular Firefox add-ons to revolutionize the way you search the Web.
Have another favorite search add-on for Firefox that did not make it onto the list? Leave it in the comments, because I would love to hear your opinion on which would be the king of the search extensions.
The people at VideoSurf have developed a really nice addition to Firefox, for all of you out there who are fans of watching Online video. The VideoSurf Videos at a Glance add-on enhances your video playing experience with what they call video summaries.
This comes in handy because it allows you to check out scenes from a video before you watch it. It works with: YouTube Search, the YouTube Home Page, the YouTube Video Pages, and FriendFeed.
It also works for your search results too:
A few other features included are:
Want to get Chrome’s thumbnail preview page when you open a new tab in Firefox?
Google has ported one of Chrome’s most popular features to Firefox, the personalized new tab screen. The only catch is that you have to use the Google Toolbar to get it. Your new tab page looks exactly like Chrome’s after the install of the Google Toolbar 5 Beta.
When do you get this fantastic new edition? This happens when you launch a new tab( hit Ctrl+T, or you double click on the empty space to the right of your tabs). You can check out all the other features of the Google Toolbar Beta 5 on the official web site:
I stopped using Google Toolbar myself once the search box was added to most browsers. I mean, why do I need two search boxes in one browser window? That is a post for another day though. However if you want to check out this new ported over feature – be sure to pick up the beta off Google’s web site.
We all like tools that help us feel a little safer, right? Firefox has a slew of tools you can use to add extra security to the platform. One thing I really like about this is each person can decide how much more added security he or she needs. How do you know which of the add-ons are the best?
Here are some of the most popular plugins that help with increasing the privacy or security for your Firefox installation.
The best security you can get in a web browser! Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
WOT, Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. Protect your computer against online threats by using WOT as your front-line layer of protection when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory.
Do you like to pretend that you are a super secret spy when browing the Web? Maybe you just don’t want that nosy brother or sister looking in on what you have been doing. No matter the situation, if you want to stay secret – the Stealther Firefox extension is for you.
FoxyProxy is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox’s limited proxying capabilities. It offers more features than SwitchProxy, ProxyButton, QuickProxy, xyzproxy, ProxyTex, TorButton, etc.
Want Firefox to help you encrypt your secret files and documents? Maybe you just want to learn more about the encryption process? No matter which camp you fall into, the Fire Encrypter Firefox extension is for you. It brings the top secret world of encryption right into your favorite little browser.
Forget your passwords! Sxipper accurately fills in forms, manages passwords and your OpenIDs.
Want more control over your cookies? No, I’m not talking about the ones your grandmother loves to shove down your throat – I am talking about the ones that involve your browser. The Firefox extension CookieCuller gives you total control over which cookies stay on your computer by letting you protect cookies of your choice while automatically deleting the rest.
Flashblock is an extension for the Mozilla, Firefox, and Netscape browsers that takes a pessimistic approach to dealing with Macromedia Flash content on a webpage and blocks ALL Flash content from loading. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content.
With all this talk about your privacy being attacked and people snooping on what you have been searching about, you are bound to feel a little paranoid. You might be watching over your shoulder as you type. You might be turning the lights out before you get Online. How can you protect yourself from being tracked in your searches though? If you use Firefox, you need the TrackMeNot extension.
Tired of web sites asking you to register to view the content inside? Bypass compulsory web registration with the context menu via bugmenot.com.
Know of another Firefox security add-on that is well worth using, just not that popular yet? Do any of these add-ons make you sleep a little easier at night? Let me know what you think the best security add-on for Firefox is.
Looking for a way to keep the kids busy while you wrap the Christmas presents this year?
KidZui is an addition to Firefox that with one click turns the browser into a kid-safe environment with over a million kid-friendly websites, games, pictures, and YouTube videos. I do have to say that this service might be a nice gateway to allow younger kids to get on the Web without much need to worry.
Another feature they pride themselves on is when locked down, KidZui prevents kids from closing the browser, downloading files, or opening other applications.
The free Firefox extension is a gateway into a free vs paid membership situation. If you get a membership via the Kidzui web site, you can get a few more features. You can see a comparison of the free features versus the paid features via their membership page. You might also want to check out an alternative extension Glubble for Families.
If you have young ones around the house, KidZui might be worth playing with.
It is the little changes that make things better. The devil is in the details, and when it comes to customizing some of the Web’s most popular tools, you can often make them better by combining some of the little changes out there. Here are seven easy ways you can easily make Firefox a better browser – or at least the popular web site tools covered that you visit the most.
Better Amazon – The Better Amazon add-on for Firefox highlights listings with free shipping, enlarges product images, cleans up book pages, shortens URLS and more on Amazon.com. One of the best Amazon.com enhancers for your browser.
Better Flickr – A great complication of Greasemonkey scripts to make Flickr better for your average user. You have the Flickr buddy icon reply, more user links, photo magnifier, page enhancer and a more feature rich editor.
Better GCal – The Better GCal add-on for Firefox is a favorite of mine. It allows you to collapse the header and sidebar, wraps event titles, color weekend days, give week numbers and even a few skins too. Google Calendar never looked so good!
Better Gmail 2 – A handful more of useful features you can add to your Google-powered e-mail client. Here you have all kinds of useful additions, from macros to attachment icons. You even have a few more skin choices and hierarchical labels. Also don’t forget the first one, if your not yet rolled over to “Gmail 2″.
Better GReader – Add a few more popular Greasemonkey scripts into your Google Reader. You can preview web pages inline in Google Reader, collapse the header and sidebar, get a Mac OS X like skin, add favicons and tons more.
Better YouTube – Enhances YouTube with Greasemonkey user scripts, that offer options like the FlowPlayer “doesn’t start till you hit play” viewer, clean “theater” view, and links to download the video automatically.
Better Lifehacker – I am a BIG fan of Lifehacker, so why not make them “better” too? This extension enhances Lifehacker.com and other Gawker blogs–like Gizmodo, io9 Jezebel, Valleywag, Gawker, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Defamer–with useful Greasemonkey scripts.
Which is your favorite “Better” add-on for Firefox or which area of the Web would you like to see Gina cover next?