How Can I Make The Firefox Browser Even More Secure With Addons And Plugins?

There have been a lot of improvements in the entire browser space in the past five years.

Before that, Internet Explorer was still the top dog and it was a problem in the security community because it was so easy to hack.

This was made worse by the decision coming from Microsoft to not do any more development to Internet Explorer because they thought that the browser was complete.

Luckily, the Mozilla Corporation was able to open source their browser engine and from those ashes Firefox rose from the grave.

Firefox-Addons

Firefox quickly started to become adopted by people worldwide and this made Microsoft wake up to the fact that they were going to have to revitalize the Internet Explorer browser.

Even though they have made improvements to the IE browser, Firefox has a high adoption rate now and they are not planning to let it go anytime soon.

There are several reasons why people still use the Firefox browser and security is a big one.

The thing that makes it more secure than all of the other browsers out there is the fact that it has the plugin architecture.

What Is A Plugin?

If you have never used Firefox before then you might not realize what the word plugin means when it comes to the browser.

There is other software out there that use a plugin type architecture and Firefox is one of them.

A plugin allows you to extend the features of the base product.

That means that whatever the product was doing when you first installed it into your machine, it can now do more because you have installed a plugin for it.

Having software that is highly extensible like that is a great feature and one that is very useful.

This means that whatever problems the user of the software runs into they will have a chance to fix it.

They themselves can fix it or they can hire someone to do it for them.

One of the ways that you can help repair the base software is by making it more secure.

In a large code base there are plenty of holes that you will have to deal with.

Also, when you have technology that works like a browser, you must also worry about the vulnerabilities that you may encounter when you visit a web site.

With the right plugin you can also stop this from affecting your computer as well.

So let’s take a look at some of the plugins that are already available for the Firefox browser that will help when it comes to security.

Popular Security-Related Firefox Plugins

There are many contenders in this category of plugins but only a few are able to rise to the top.

One of the first plugins that we will discuss is the No-Script plugin.

This plugin allows you to stop all executions of JavaScript and flash on your system.

The first thing that you have to do is to whitelist a site that has JavaScript running on it.

Whitelisting the site means that you give the site permission to execute JavaScript during your browser session.

After that is done, now you have to worry about embedded scripts from other sites in the page.

You just click on the embedded scripts that you want to execute and you are ready to go.

Yes, No-Script is one of the most popular Firefox plugins when it comes to security.

The next script that we are going to talk about is one that is called Adblock.

It works the same way as Noscript and it is pretty much rival software.

People in the Firefox community go back and forth with which one is the better technology but as long as you have one of them installed in your system you can be pretty sure that you will be safe.

Another piece of technology that I will talk about is not one plugin in particular but a group of them.

Most of the antivirus vendors out there have a plugin that you can install into Firefox.

Some of the plugins that are offered by these companies will analyze your downloads, others will make sure that the Google searches that you perform lead to safe web pages.

These plugins are very useful and they will help you be able to make your web browsing session even safer.

Make sure that when you install a plugin from another piece of software that it is from a company that you trust.

Some software will try to get you to install a Firefox plugin that is either unsafe or is nothing but a big advertisement.

When you have the right plugins installed in Firefox is becomes one of the safest browsers in the world.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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