When cruising through the darkest corners of the internet it’s always a good idea to be safe. In class we’ve talked about different extensions for Firefox (most are also work with Chrome) that increase one’s security, so I thought I’d make a quick list of extensions that really get it done.
Dr. Web: Have you ever thought to yourself, “man this link looks sketchy, well time to roll the bones.” Dr Web eliminates the whole guessing game of “is this a safe link?”. Just right click on link and click scan. A window then pops up detailing the positive or negate results.
Adblock Plus: This is by far the best extension. AdBlock Plus removes all adds and pop-ups from websites. Barring security for a moment, removing those inconveniences is worth the download alone. Getting back into the security mindset, removing all ads and pop-ups does make your computer safer. Some ads and pop-ups are made with the sole purpose of tricking people into clicking and then installing unwanted, behind-the-scenes programs.
Web of Trust (WOT): This extension lets you see if a website is safe. When searching on Google a green circle appears next to each link. Click on that and a new page pops up detailing the websites trustworthy ratings.
No Script: No script disables java script from running without your permission. This prevents any malicious script attacks. Although it may a little annoying it does keep you safe.