Increase Firefox browsing security

Even some of my most frequently used web sites, like google search, youtube and Dutch news websites are getting on my nerves. To give you an example; yesterday I noticed that youtube served Scientology advertisements in between songs I was listening. Since I decided that it was time to take back control of the web.

Lots of website have tracking scripts to monitor you, they place it in 1×1 pixel images, hide it in the background etc. You can’t take forever to filter this out manually, so therefore I’ve listed two must have Firefox add-ons:

Ghostery – http://www.ghostery.com/

Ghostery sees the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

NoScript – http://noscript.net/

The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source add-on allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank). NoScript also provides the most powerful anti-XSS and anti-Clickjacking protection ever available in a browser.

Some additional tips:

Disable unused / unsafe firefox add-ons i.e. toolbars
Install a smart proxy to filter adds like Privoxy – http://www.privoxy.org/

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One Response to Increase Firefox browsing security

  1. Noyster says:

    Awesome!

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