3 Essential Security Add-ons For your Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari…
The free extensions for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer Prevent from trackers, block ads , and rate the safety of links before you click them and the add-ons are Ghostery, Adblock Plus, and Web of Trust, respectively.
A recent survey states that people like least about the Internet are trackers, ads, and viruses which are the three items at the top of their list of complaints.
Though you may not be able to eliminate these and other Web nuisances, you can minimize their effect on your browsing via three free add-ons for Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer: Ghostery, Adblock Plus, and Web of Trust.
The free Ghostery add-on lets you see who’s tracking you and block their attempts. The program is available in versions for Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. for other browsers : Click here to download
By default, the blue Ghostery icon is set to appear in the top-right corner of the browser window. You click it to view a list of the trackers on the current page. On the third screen of the installation wizard you’re given the option to have Ghostery run in the background, which hides the program’s icon.
What Ghostery Says About it
Ghostery sees the “invisible” web, detecting trackers, web bugs, pixels, and beacons placed on web pages by Facebook, Google Analytics, and over 1,000 other ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers – all companies interested in your activity.
Ghostery allows you to block scripts from companies that you don’t trust, delete local shared objects, and even block images and iframes.
Ghostery also includes the optional, opt-in feature called Ghostrank, which sends Ghostery servers anonymous information about the trackers you encounter and where you encounter them. This allows us to create a more comprehensive list of detectable items, and helps us create a more transparent behavioral advertising ecosystem through our partnership with Evidon.
PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY
Ghostery is built and maintained for users that care about their online privacy, and is engineered with privacy as a primary goal. Ghostery use is anonymous. No registrations or sign-ups are required. The Ghostery plug-in does not place cookies into your browser. Neither the Ghostery application nor Evidon receives any data from Ghostery users unless the user opts-in to participate in Ghostrank. Ghostrank data itslef is anonymous, is NEVER used for advertising targeting purposes, and is only shared in aggregated, non-personal, statistical form.
Adblock Plus Can Block
- YouTube video ads
- Facebook advertisements
- All other obtrusive ads
After you install Adblock Plus and restart your browser, you’ll see an “ABP” stop-sign icon in the top-right corner of Chrome or the bottom-left corner of Firefox. What you won’t see are the ads on the Web pages you visit. You get many more options when you click the ABP icon in Firefox, including the ability to adjust your ad-blocking filters, unblock items on the current page, and disable blocking on the page, the site, or everywhere but The Chrome version of Adblock Plus provides only two options when you click the ABP icon: disable blocking on current site, or “Easy create filter,” which lets you click or right-click an item on the current page and add it as a filter. Right-click the icon and choose Options to adjust your filter list, add or remove domains from your whitelist, hide the icon, and reset other onscreen elements.
Adblock Plus is the world’s most popular browser extension, and is used by millions of users worldwide. It is a community-driven open source project, and hundreds of volunteers are contributing to the success of Adblock Plus to make sure that all annoying ads are automatically blocked.
Web Of Trust (WOT)
Get an indication of a link’s reliability before you click it
Almost all Web-borne malwares work by tricking you into clicking what you think is a trustworthy link. Computer crooks are adept at making dangerous links look innocuous. The Web of Trust (WOT) is one of several free link-checkers that place a rating next to the links in search results and on the pages you open to indicate how safe the links are.
WOT’s ratings are based on feedback from other users. It shows one of six reliability icons for the current page, next to the links that appear in search results, and when you right-click any link on the page: Excellent, Good, Unsatisfactory, Poor, Very Poor, and No Rating. You can also click the icon for the current page to add your own reliability rating.
Reputation ratings boost trust online
WOT displays a colored traffic light next to website links to show you which sites people trust for safe searching, surfing and shopping online: green for good, red for bad, and yellow as a warning to be cautious. The icons are shown in popular search engine results, social media, online email, shortened URL’s, and lots of other sites
The WOT support page explains the basics of the service for new users, provides video tutorials and an FAQ, and lets you post your question to the WOT community.