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Top Firefox Extensions for Normal People

Even though Chrome is quickly becoming used more often in my office, I still consider Firefox to be my primary browser (although I tried to dump it).  For a long time, I tried to avoid the use of extensions in my browser.  However, I have since embraced the added functionality and have generated a list of what I consider to be the best extensions to enhance your everyday browsing and internet activities..

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StumbleUpon is the easiest way to discover new and interesting photos, videos, web pages and more, recommended by a community of experts. Tell us what you are interested in and we recommend page after page of amazing stuff you’d never expect to see.  If you are ever bored… StumbleUpon will save you


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Automatically find and try coupon codes with 1-click. Works at over 100 top stores in the US, Canada and UK.  Honey will save you money on shipping, find discounts, and more.  With all the money I saved shopping with Honey… I can buy more stuff!!!


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HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.  If a website has HTTPS, HTTPS Everywhere will ensure that is how you connect.


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LastPass is a free online password manager and Form Filler that makes your web browsing easier and more secure. Also for IE, Safari and Chrome. Your sensitive data is encrypted _locally_ before upload so even LastPass cannot get access to it. 

LastPass helps me to manage the endless list of logins I currently have for various social networking platforms, shopping sites, forums, partner sites, and much more.  Gone are the days of “forgot password, click here”.  Now, I only have to remember my Master Password to get where I need to go.  The most secure password is one that you won’t remember… now, I don’t need to.


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Ghostery is your window into the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons that are included on web pages in order to get an idea of your online behavior.

Ghostery tracks over 1,400 trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

Choose to block – or not. You get control at a company level – are there some marketers you trust, but others you’d rather turn away? Ghostery lets you open the valve of your web behavior as wide or as narrow as you’d prefer.

The older I get, the more I value my privacy.  Sure, I have a Facebook account, but that doesn’t mean I want every site out there gathering tracking data endlessly.  I used to find advertisements from Google comical (based on purposefully searching off the wall stuff); now, it is just annoying.  Block them all. 


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AdBlock Plus

Adblock Plus allows you to regain control of the internet and view the web the way you want to. The add-on is supported by over forty filter subscriptions in dozens of languages which automatically configure it for purposes ranging from removing online advertising to blocking all known malware domains. Adblock Plus also allows you to customize your filters with the assistance of a variety of useful features, including a context option for images, a block tab for Flash and Java objects, and a list of blockable items to remove scripts and stylesheets.

Sometimes I just don’t want to see any advertisements.  So many sites are inundated with advertisements that you lose the content.


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FireShot helps you capture web page screenshots, perform quick edits, add text annotations, and save the captures as a PDF or image file, send to e-mail, print or copy to clipboard, export, share on the WWW or upload to FTP.


Something we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

About Joe D

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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  1. Uh, so what does Ghostery do? Article does not say.

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