15 Must Have Firefox Add-Ons

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Add-Ons or Extensions are the ones which extends the features of any browsers. Firefox Add-Ons add more features to it apart from the inbuilt features. There are plenty of add-ons available around and from them we have found some of the must have add-ons or extensions. These extensions increase your productivity, privacy, security and performance. So here we have a list of 15 Must Have Firefox Add-Ons for you.


Must Have Firefox Add-Ons/Extensions


1. Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus allows you to regain the control over internet the way you want it. We know that ads are most important part of the web world and it should be there, but some times we face lot of issues with unwanted ads while downloading some documents and surfing a web. Sometimes it creates security threats by pushing adwares and your personal details can be compromised. So Adblock Plus solves all these issues and prevent your data being hacked by blocking those types of unwanted ads.    


2. Last Pass Password Manager

Password manager tools are one of the important tools for them who are facing problems in remembering their different account details. Last Pass is probably the best password manager extension for Firefox. You can store all your account usernames and passwords in your browser and retrieve it whenever you want. It will lock all information with a master password so that no one can crack it. 


3. No Script

This extension provides extra security in your Firefox browser. It allows active content only from trusted sites of your choice  to run on your browser. It protects you against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.


4. GreaseMonkey

It allows you to customize the way a webpage displays and behaves by use of a small bit of JavaScript. You can find lot of scripts for popular sites at http://www.userscripts.org. If you want you can write your own script and you can learn here: http://wiki.greasespot.net/


5. FlashGot

This is an external download manager for Firefox. You can download single link, multiple links or all the links on a page with a single click at an accelerated speed. This is very light weight and easy to use extension.  


6. SkipScreen

As the name suggests it skips the unnecessary screens when you try to download from sites like Rapidshare, 4Shared, zShare etc. Before the exact download starts you get unwanted screens from these sites. So if you are using SkipScreen it will avoid these unwanted screens. 


7. Session Manager

Session Manager saves and restores the state of all windows – either when you want it or automatically at start up and after crashes. It can also automatically save the state of open windows individually. This is really a useful extension at the time when your browser crashes when you have opened too many tabs. 


8. WOT-Safe Surfing

Web of Trust shows you with intuitive traffic lights which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.WOT ratings are powered by users all around the world who have rated millions of websites based on their experiences. Third-party sources are also used to warn you about malware and other technical threats. You will see a green, yellow or red icon next to search results when you use Google, Yahoo!, or Bing, on links in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, on online email like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail, and other popular sites like Wikipedia. Green indicates a trustworthy site, yellow tells to be cautious, while red indicates a potentially unsafe site. 


9. Xmarks Sync

Xmarks is the best bookmarking add-on for Firefox. After you install the add-on, click on the notification to set up Xmarks and start backing up and synchronizing your bookmarks. Install Xmarks on each computer you use, and it seamlessly integrates with your web browser and keeps your bookmarks safely backed up and in sync. It also works in sync with LastPass extension.


10. FoxyProxy Standard

FoxyProxy is a Firefox extension which automatically switches an internet connection across one or more proxy servers based on URL patterns. Put simply, FoxyProxy automates the manual process of editing Firefox’s Connection Settings dialog. Proxy server switching occurs based on the loading URL and the switching rules you define.


11. Download Manager Tweak

The intent of Download Manager Tweak is in the name. It “tweaks” the Firefox download manager with small changes and doesn’t completely redesign it. It makes some optional changes to its appearance and allows it to be opened in a separate window, a new tab, or the sidebar. Additional features beyond appearance include deleting a downloaded file and re-downloading a mistakenly deleted file. The various appearance changes can be disabled, if you don’t like the look and just want it to open in a tab or sidebar.


12. FoxLingo – Translator/Dictionary

Web page and text translator, dictionary, grammar checker, auto translation, text-to-speech, and language learning services. Supports over 3,000 unique language pairs and 31 online translators, including Google Translate, Wikipedia, and Babylon. GIves you the meaning of any word just by double clicking the word.


13. Google Shortcuts – All Google Services at a Glance

Display all Google services as buttons or as a space-saving dropdown menu next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google reader, Google maps, Google calendar, and many more in a single click from your browser. 


14. DownThemAll

DownThemAll is all you can desire from a download manager: it features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 4x and it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time.


15. Video DownloadHelper 

The easy way to download and convert Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites.This works also for audio and picture galleries.

So these are the best add-ons/extensions for Firefox that you can use to improve your browsing experience with Firefox.


+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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