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5 Ways to use Firefox to Filter the Web

firefox-safety We are always talking about adding features to Firefox, what about for those people who would like to take them away?  Better yet, how about adding features that let you take other features away?  Ok, now I am even confusing myself. 

Firefox has some great add-ons to use when it comes to blocking, filtering or checking out the sometimes shady information that may be passing through it.

LeechBlock – This extension is much more for saving you from looking at random stupid links when you should be working.  If you can not keep yourself focused, you may need to add this to your own Firefox install.

Flashblock – Tired of seeing the offers to punch President Bush, the Pope or any other important person to win an iPod?  The Flashblock add-on has your back as it will block all flash until it is told not to.

Adblock Plus – How could you not love Adblock Plus?  Filter out the ads you don’t want to see – and automatically subscribe to filters so you don’t waste time setting these things up yourself.  Not to mention, I did interview the creator of the script a few months back (very awesome guy!).

NoScript – NoScript allow JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from sites you trust.  Some feel it is better to browse the Web this way to make sure you don’t get bit by something nasty by randomly surfing through pages.

CookieSafe – This extension will allow you to easily control cookie permissions. It will appear on your statusbar. Just click on the icon to allow, block, or temporarily allow the site to set cookies.

Know of another blocking or filtering tool that does a better job?

Firefox Facts Weekly Links-o-plenty

Time to dive through some of my saved Firefox links of the week – think of this as the best of the best posted somewhere else:

Have an interesting link to share or pass my way? Leave a comment or drop me an e-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com and I’ll be more than happy to share it with the masses.

YouPlayer – Sidebar Player for YouTube

YouPlayerAre you a big YouTube fan? The YouPlayer extension delivers you all the wild and wacky cats wearing roller skates-like fun of YouTube in your Firefox sidebar.

Here are a few more details from the creator of the extension.

This is a must-have addon for all YouTube fans! YouPlayer is a YouTube video player with playlist similar to the one in Winamp. You may add/drag a YouTube link into a playlist window. When you double-click on it, it will be shown in the video window. You may drag a link to a browser window or right-click it and open in a new tab. You may also add/drag other links, thus the playlist will work as a bookmarker.

I would like to see this be opened up to other video services out there. I think it is a pretty neat idea all around. The only problem is YouTube is the biggest, but not the only one out there as far as Online video goes.

DownloadHelper – Download Flash Videos

VideoDownloaderSo this might not be the first tool, the only tool, or the best tool – but it is another tool when it comes to saving video from the Web. Out of all the video downloading tools I have seen this one might have the best interface of them all.

As you can see, it gives you a button on your toolbar to click on and get direct access to downloading. This is something I have wanted to see for a long time. It also works with YouTube, MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm and others.

+ Download and Install the DownloadHelper Extension for Firefox!

Hacking Flash High Scores

Feel like doing something creative this morning?

Maybe that flash version of Pac-man has really got you down in the dumps, and you would like to get some revenge on the little yellow glutton? No matter what your reason is for doing so, you can hack into some flash games’ high scores.

It takes Firefox, a little knowledge and a some free time – but you have all of that, right?

+ Learn How to Hack Flash High Scores Using Firefox!

Detect Firefox Compatible Search Engines

Firefox will find search engines for you!

One nice feature of Firefox 2 that i think gets overlooked by a lot of people, is the quick and easy way you can find new search engines via the browser. When a Web site has made a Firefox 2 compatible search, your search bar should glow or so something else (I think it changes from theme to theme). Not sure what to look for?

The folks over at Lifehacker have put together a video to watch just in case you are not sure. Worth watching – just to make sure!

Block Flash and Speed Up Loading

Now when it comes down to it, I am not sure how much flash on a Web site really slows you down. When you are looking for speed though every little tweak helps.

Web designer use Flash animation to attract visitor attention, too much flash animation will make people feel annoying. There is this firefox extension Flashblock which able to block flash animation from loading. I’m using this Flash block to block all flash animation.

+ Read More About Blocking Flash to Speed Up Firefox!

Saving SWF Files

Need a quick and painless way to save flash files in Firefox? Well this one doesn’t even need the help of an extention, if you know where to look.

Today i found a quick way to save flash files using firefox (once they are cached). I started using Immem (rox…lot of music and videos). Being behind a firewall i cant use the software they provide so my only way of accessing immem is through there web interface.

+ Learn More About Saving SWF and Other Media Files!

Firefox Video Tutorials

Have a friend that might not “get” how to use Firefox just yet? Maybe they would learn more if you gave them a visual to study? I ran across this series of Firefox video tutorials this morning. Right now they cover: Tabbed Browsing, Live Bookmarking, Integrated Search, Themes, and Add-ons or Extensions. You can even toss in your E-mail address into the Web page so that you can get updated when new tutorials are available.

[Learn More About Firefox Video Tutorials!]