Useful Firefox Add-ons

26 03 2009

Most of us, Internet users here in Syria, are struggling each day to get the most out of our 4 Kb/s connections.

There’s no doubt that Firefox surely did help us in terms of page-rendering speeds, and its efficient caching system. But unfortunately, we can’t ask for more with 4 Kbs.

However, for those of you who love to go the whole way for a better browsing experience, here are some very useful Firefox add-ons that I use on a daily basis, all of them are freeware:

1 – Flashblock

This add-on will disable all Flash objects on every page you visit, and replace them with “Play” buttons that you can click to activate only the objects you want to see. Very useful and saves lots of bandwidth.

More info and download here: http://flashblock.mozdev.org/

2 – Gmail Notifier

This one will sit next to the search bar, and will check periodically for new emails on your Gmail account(s). This also saves the bandwidth to go check your Gmail account every once and a while to check for new emails.

More info and download here: http://www.nexgenmedia.net/extensions/

3 – FoxyProxy

This will help streamline your browsing experience. Recommended for those who use more that one proxy server, or those who use Ultrasurf (or any other proxy breakers). You can define patterns to visit certain websites using one proxy address, and others using another. The add-on will then automatically switch your proxy settings accordingly.

More info and download here: http://foxyproxy.mozdev.org/

4 – Page Saver Basic

This one will help you take images of whole websites and save them on your hard drive. Very useful for saving the page as it is displayed in your browser in JPEG or PNG format, for a later review.

More info and download here: http://pearlcrescent.com/products/pagesaver/

Hope you find them useful as much as I did. Please drop a comment if you know any other useful add-ons, and tell us your opinion.

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26 03 2009
Deborah

For a safe and private browsing experience in addition to a better experience, I wish you would try out Web of Trust too. WOT has been on Mozilla’s recommended list since last summer, and has 4 million downloads. WOT is a security add-on that warns users about risky sites and unreliable online shops. Safety ratings are shown next to search results when using Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Digg and other popular sites, including web-based email.

Web site rating information is continuously updated by the user community and from numerous trusted sources, such as listings of malware and phishing sites. WOT works with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers and can be downloaded at http://www.mywot.com.

I hope you will try it and that WOT will become your new most useful Firefox add-on.

Safe surfing,
Deborah
Web of Trust

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