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The Best Add Ons For Your FirefoxBY: Maya Ballesteros | Category: Technology | Submitted: 2010-09-04 06:55:33
Firefox is one of the most favored browsers when it comes to surfing the internet. Previously known as an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, it has gathered so many fans and enthusiasts that it is difficult to think of Firefox as 'the other option'.
One of the many reasons why Firefox is favored is the many add Ons developed out there to customize individual needs. It is actually more precise to say that Firefox is popular because it leaves the possibilities open for such add ons to be developed. Add ons are browser's free extensions which can be added to ensure your browsing experience with Firefox is exactly the way you want it to be.
To date there are more than 5000 add ons you can choose from categories like Privacy and Security, Social and Communication, Download Management, Bookmarks and many more.
If this is the first time you are browsing for add ons, 5000 plus choices may be overwhelming to say the least. Conflicting reviews may add to that as you run a quick search. In the end however, you will see some names coming up repeteadly and it is quite safe to say that they are some of the best ones you need to at least look into.
There is probably no need to elaborate on this one. This highly useful add on does what the name implies, it helps user block all the irritating advertisement on the internet. It is easy to use as well as highly personalized.
Well designed add on like Adblock Plus, this one helps you download all the links you see in one web page with a single click.
Tab Mix Plus
A lot of us users of Firefox make maximum use of tabbed browsing capabilities of Firefox. Tab Mix Plus helps give us an even better experience of tabbed browsing including tab clicking options, session manager, mouse gestures, duplicating tabs and a lot more.
This an add on you can use to regulate the way a website appear and behave. It is best used with Greasefire.
This is an add on that automatically finds Greasemonkey scripts to help customize new pages you are browsing.
There are some more add ons which should make it to the list, which can grow to be a very long list. How good an add on can be also depend on the person using it, as well as personal preferences. Still, some add ons agree with many people and certainly earn their good rank under their respective category.
In Alerts and Updates
WOT Safe Browsing Tool
This add on let you know whether or not a link is safe, both from search engine results and online email accounts. It displays such report using a traffic light system.
The easy way to change the look and feel of Firefox - Personas Plus gives you access to over 60,000 designs or 'skins' as well as allowing the more creative amongst you to create your own persona.
This add on changes your tabs' color to let you know what is going on.
Xmarks Bookmarks and Password Sync
This is particularly helpful when you are using someone else's computer and need to access your personal bookmarks. Xmarks keeps your bookmarks, passwords and open tabs so that you can access them from any computer and browser.
MultiRow Bookmarks Toolbar
This add on helps extend your bookmarks toolbar to more rows.
In Download Management
This add on enables you to download videos of YouTube and DailyMotion, as well as converting the files into formats of your choice.
In Social and Communication
This add on helps you stumble into pages that are calculated to match your chosen interests. Stumbleupon makes you find new sites you probably don't even know exist.
This is just a shortlist, however, something to give you an idea of what you might find and how much you can get from one or two add ons. There are plenty other choices you can look into and take for a spin. Again, it is largely dependent on individual users which add ons work best. You might want to do your own search and update because new add ons are developed every day and who knows the next ones might be your Firefox soulmate.
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