10 Best Add-ons – Making Firefox Private and Secure

Posted on 25 March 2009

Everyone seems concerned about his Privacy and Security while browsing web, but not everyone knows how to stay secure and how to make things private. Many of you will already be using some software or different kind of tools to maintain their security, but here is a list of free add-on which are available to be used with Firefox. You may install and download them if they suits your needs. Sorry to users of IE, Safari and other web-browsers and I can not spend my time surfing for add-ons working on those browsers as well.


If you want to browse in a private mode, then you should go for Stealther. You will be provided an environment to browse the web which can note be traced. It temporary disables the following:

  • Browsing History (also in Address bar)
  • Cookies
  • Downloaded Files History
  • Disk Cache
  • Saved Form Information
  • Sending of ReferrerHeader
  • Recently Closed Tabs list

There are some other extensions available for Firefox which also let you browse securely but none of them is as good as Stealther. This is what is claimed by Stealther.

The add-on is affective on version 1.0 to 3.o of Firefox.You may download it from here

Close ‘n’ Forget

As the name suggests, just close the current tab and forget what you were browsing. Related cookies will also be closed as well as the full domain is also cleared. To clear the domain, configuration is required.

The add-on is effective for Firefox 2.0 and higher versions. You may download it from here


If you are looking for a shield which can warn you from risky websites which are scamming their visitors, or spending spam or delivering malware then you must give WOT (Web Of Trust) a try. WOT works as a front-line layer preventing your computer against online threats. WOT has color-coded icons which show you ratings of the websites. Just like a traffic signal, WOT is composed of three colors, each giving you a special meaning for a website. Lets understand what each color means for WOT:

  • Red: to stop
  • Yellow: caution
  • Green: to go; website is safe

WOT also lets you sets a protection level for children by blocking inappropriate content.

WOT works with Firefox 1.5 and above versions. You may download WOT from here.


“Firefox is really safer with NoScript”. This is not what experts are saying about NoScript. This tool provides extra protection to your Firefox by allowing JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run from trusted domains of your choice only. This approach helps preventing the exploitation of security vulnerabilities.

NoScript works with Firefox 1.5 and above versions.You may download NoScript from here.


If you are in the habbit of browsing websites which you think you shouldn’t visit at workplace or at some place where chances are there to be caught up, then this add-on is for you. That is how it got its name because it can save you from panic. In just a single click, this extension closes all the open tabs and opens a single tab which is showing results from Google against a search “Increasing Workplace Productivity”. That is the default setting, but you can change the default page and can set a page of your choice in the tab.

The extension works with Firefox 2.0 and above versions. You may download it from here.


Just like Panic, this also lets you quickly hide all the tabs in the current window by closing them, and opens a new tab with the homepage. But, before hiding, all the tabs are saved which can be recovered later on. hideBad can also clear the following at user’s choice to make sure the privacy:

  • History
  • Recently Closed Tabs list
  • Saved form info
  • Saved passwords
  • Download history
  • Cookies
  • Cache
  • Searchbar

hideBad works with Firefox 3.0b and later versions. You may download hideBad from here.


TabRenamizer lets you change the titles of tabs to random ones with just a simple click as well as it allows you to choose a custom title for each tab. It has two modes of functionality:

  • Paranoid mode: for random titles with a click
  • Custom mode: for custom titles

The extension works with Firefox 2.0 and above versions. You may download it from here.

There is another add-on Page Title Eraser which erases page’s title. You may know about it from here.

Gish It / tEMPORARYiNBOX / spamavert

If you have to register to a website and you are not sure about them, then these add-ons are great for you. These add-ons protect your inboxed from spam by allowing you to get emails-ids for temporary use only. So you may use those email-ids to get registered in websites and dispose them after use.

Gish It works with Firefox 1.5 and above; and may be downloaded from here.

tEMPORARYiNBOX works with Firefox 1.0 and above; may be downloaded from here.

spamavert works with Firefox 3.0 and above; and may be downloaded from here.


If you are concerend about longterm cookies then this add-on is for you. Longterm cookies are new generation cookies which reside on your system; most of them are generated by a Flash plugin and offer unlimited user tracking. An example site using such cookies is www.orkut.com and www.youtube.com.

BetterPrivacy helps you protect your privacy by removing such cookies on each time you exit browser as well as lets you immediately delete those cookies.

BetterPrivacy works with Firefox 2.0 and above. You may download it from here.


“If you’re worried about your privacy online, this extension is definitely for you.” This is what LifeHacker says about Ghostery.

Ghostery alerts you each time you visit a website having web-bugs, ad-networks or widgets on it.

Ghostery alerts you about the web bugs, ad networks and widgets on every page on the web. Ghostly is currently supporting the following services:

  • Google Analytics
  • MyBlogLog
  • Quantcast
  • IndexTools
  • SiteMeter
  • Lijit
  • Omniture
  • CrazyEgg
  • Snap
  • Omniture
  • Yahoo Analytics
  • Facebook Connect
  • Google Adsense
  • WordPress Stats

and lots more. Ghostery works with Windows, Mac and Linux as well.

Ghostery works with Firefox 2.0 and above, and may be downloaded from here.

There are some more cool add-ons. You just need to click the following link and you will be jumped directly to the list of firefox add-ons related to Privacy and Security.

More Firefox add-ons for Privacy and Security can be found here

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19 Responses to “10 Best Add-ons – Making Firefox Private and Secure”

  1. Great collection of plugins

  2. Very usefull, this is the reason why I love firefoxs

  3. Thanks so much for the list.

  4. Great, thanks for share it

  5. Good list, thanks for the addons

  6. very good thanks for the collection

  7. Great collection, I already has a few of those.

  8. Very good thanks for share.

  9. Deborah says:

    Thank you for recommending WOT to your readers. We appreciate your support! This is a terrific list.

    IE users can also get in on the fun. IE8 is promoting add-ons, and WOT is available.

    Safe surfing,
    Web of Trust

  10. Very good extensions for firefoxs. The one who really interest me was the “Panic”, lol I’ll check it out.

  11. Nice plugs for firefox, That’s the reason I FF rocks!

  12. Rash9200 says:

    hey dear thax for sharing the list…

  13. spellathon says:

    Well, there are some other useful plugins as well, but sure thanks for the info. keep it up :)

  14. Nice collection, thanks for this.

  15. lyle says:

    More good info. Privacy , I did not know that there was such a thing on the internet with all this beta testing, browsers and such. It is good that a tool like this is out and it is much needed.

  16. nice man! thanks for sharing!

  17. Sally Croft says:

    Thanks for sharing useful information. I have kind of love hate relation with WOT :-O. Sometimes it would just block the sites which i so much wanted to check for work purpose. Rest are good :)

  18. Mark77 says:

    I believe in encouraging children to independence, but only in baby steps. ,


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