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Hide Surfing Trails with Distrust

Distrust for FirefoxFeeling a little paranoid these days?

If people are peeking over your shoulder or watching what you are doing you might need a little help to feel like you are staying secure. I have a Firefox extension in my vanilla colored top secret folder that I am ready to pass under the proverbial desk right to you.

So what is the Distrust extension for Firefox all about?

Distrust is a Firefox extension that came to fill the need to privacy on your computer. Distrust aims to create a silent browsing experience which means that the browser should leave the computer as it was when browsing began.

If keeping things secret is the name of the game, this extension will help you keep things private. Other features include:

  • Disable the cache. (Both regular and SSL)
  • Set the cookies to live until the end of the session.
  • Clean up the history from item that were added after it was activated.
  • Clean up the downloaded items, from the download manager, that were added after it was activated.

Make Firefox Safe and Secure

Now I do come from the camp of folks that say that Firefox is mainly safe because it is not the tallest nail getting hit at this moment. Internet Explorer is harder hit on by those who wish to do you harm, so that is one reason why it is less safe than Firefox.

On the other hand though, Firefox is a “stupider” browser (no offense to my Mozilla friends) so it is harder for deviants out there to get it to do their evil deeds. No matter if you like Firefox or not, you have to admit there are a lot of great extensions out there that can make your browsing a lot safer. Nothing beats common sense, but having some of these extensions installed should be a good first line of defense.

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Firefox Extension Quality Control

Should there be better quality control for Firefox extensions?

I’m always flipping through the Mozilla forum looking for interesting things to read when I came across one that was called “addons.mozilla.org recent and open issues.” It sounded interesting because I didn’t realize that there were any open issues with Mozilla’s Add-on site.

There are a handful of them there that look like they were made by some “make your toolbar, quick and easy” service. I don’t like this. Why? Well as I have explained before they have a disturbing section on the bottom of these special toolbars that say “we will not spy on you” and more. What does that mean? They probably do. Read more about this issue at CyberNet.

Proxy Surfing on Firefox

Now I am not afraid to mention that this whole proxy switching thing never made too much sense to me. Then again, I never feel the need to be sneaky or need to get around anywhere to get my browsing done. For those of you who do feel sneaky or need a work around to browse, I have found the perfect companion for your Firefox browser. FoxyProxy is the way to go.

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Revealing Passwords in Firefox

So you think your passwords are all nice and safe inside your browser? Well, you might want to think again. Here is a way to check out all your passwords without any hacking involved.

Go to the Firefox “Preferences” click on “Privacy” and then on the “Passwords” tab. Click on the button in the bottom left saying “View Saved Passwords”. Then a new window pops up and there is another button, saying “Show Passwords” and another dialog box asking for confirmation. But that’s about it. There you go! All passwords can be seen in blank text!

+ Read More About Revealing Your Passwords in Firefox!

Extentions and Security

Over the past few weeks, I have seen more extensions that have “warnings” on them, like this:

It does not track webpages you visit. It does not change your browser behaviour, browser homepage or search results. Please see our privacy policy here…

Now when I see something like that telling me it isn’t watching me, I know most of the time it is. I just want to tell everybody to be careful with extensions that give you warnings like this.

Page Title Eraser

Do you feel like you need a little more privacy while you are browsing? Maybe you just like to surf the Web mysteriously without knowing where you are going next. No mater what the reason is, I bet you can find a good reason to use the Page Title Eraser Firefox extension.

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