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Extend the functionality of your browser

Call them browser extensions, plugins, or add-ons – they are simple little programs that extend the functionality of a web browser.

Web Browsers

This article will focus on Mozilla Firefox and Brave, which is a Chromium-based browser (similar to Chrome, without Google snooping your data). These are the two browsers that I always recommend and that I personally use.

Addons and Extensions are listed alphabetically.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Cookie AutoDelete: Control your cookies! When a tab closes, any cookies not being used are automatically deleted. Keep the ones you trust (forever/until restart) while deleting the rest.
  • Facebook Container: Prevent Facebook from tracking you around the web. The Facebook Container extension for Firefox helps you take control and isolate your web activity from Facebook.
  • Honey: Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply the best coupon codes to your shopping cart at over 10,000 stores.
  • New Tab Suspender: A very lightweight tab suspender to suspend inactive tabs that reduces an overall memory usage of Firefox, uses a Firefox native discard API.
  • Privacy Badger: Instead of keeping lists of what to block, Privacy Badger automatically discovers trackers based on their behavior.
  • Raindrop.io: Raindrop.io is the best all-in-one bookmark manager that runs everywhere. Intuitive and very powerful. Now you have one place to keep all your favorite sites, books, songs, articles or whatever else you come across while browsing. Sign up today.
  • uBlock Origin: uBlock Origin, as defined by its author, is not an “ad blocker”, rather it’s a wide-spectrum content blocker with CPU and memory efficiency as a primary feature. However, out of the box, uBlock Origin blocks ads (including on YouTube videos!), trackers, coin miners, popups, and so much more through several lists of filters (you can see these on the addon page).

Brave

  • Cookie AutoDelete: Control your cookies! When a tab closes, any cookies not being used are automatically deleted. Keep the ones you trust (forever/until restart) while deleting the rest.
  • The Great Suspender Original: The Great Suspender Original suspends unused tabs to save memory usage. Flexible settings menu allows to set shortcuts, periodical of suspending and many other advantages.
  • Honey: Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply the best coupon codes to your shopping cart at over 10,000 stores.
  • Privacy Badger: Instead of keeping lists of what to block, Privacy Badger automatically discovers trackers based on their behavior.
  • Raindrop.io: Raindrop.io is the best all-in-one bookmark manager that runs everywhere. Intuitive and very powerful. Now you have one place to keep all your favorite sites, books, songs, articles or whatever else you come across while browsing. Sign up today.
  • uBlock Origin: uBlock Origin, as defined by its author, is not an “ad blocker”, rather it’s a wide-spectrum content blocker with CPU and memory efficiency as a primary feature. However, out of the box, uBlock Origin blocks ads (including on YouTube videos!), trackers, coin miners, popups, and so much more through several lists of filters (you can see these on the addon page). Technically, Brave has a built-in adblocker, but I prefer uBlock Origin.

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is an extension created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tor Project, which automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure “http” to secure “https” – if they have an https version. It will protect you against many forms of surveillance and account hijacking, and some forms of censorship.

I’ve listed the Firefox addon and Chrome/Brave extension below, but note that both Firefox and Brave can now do this without the need for a plugin. Look in the settings. :)

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