Firefox Plugins To Make Things Easier

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I use Firefox both in work and at home, so I'm used to using it on both OSX and Linux (Ubuntu). Since so much of what I do is either centred around email or web based systems, my usage of my browser and a few other tools, is quite important to me. Things that make my life that little bit easier are always welcome.

So which addons do I currently have installed:

  • Google toolbar - shows a site's pagerank and gives you access to a few other handy little tools
  • Zemanta - a handy tool for bloggers which allows you to easily access images and links based on your post's content. You can also use it to easily link to products on Amazon
  • Mozbar - direct access to the Seomoz tools
  • Delicious - probably the addon I use most. I spend a lot of my time bookmarking sites, so doing it via a web service like Delicious makes sense
  • Alexa sparky - gives you access to Alexa data on any site you're viewing
  • Ebay toolbar - if you use ebay as much as I do then this makes it a lot easier to track your current bids (I was trying the AIR desktop, but it was annoying)
  • Blacknight domain search - allows you to search for available domains directly from within Firefox

Which Firefox tools / addons are you using?

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5 Responses to Firefox Plugins To Make Things Easier

  1. Paul March 30, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    There’s a heavy slant towards web development in my list of installed extensions… 🙂

    • Firebug – takes the guesswork out of debugging website errors
    • AutoCopy – automatically copies any selected text to your clipboard
    • Gmail Manager – I’ve several gmail-based accounts to keep on top of, and have found this notifier better than many others as it displays short message previews
    • Web Developer Toolbar – lot of very handy tools for tweaking small parts of a website without editing the actual source
    • TamperData – View and modify HTTP headers etc, track, time or alter requests. Very useful in combination with firebug’s net tab for tracking down funny mod-rewrites, redirects, etc
    • Twitterfox – I spend my whole day in the browser, so this simple extension is my main twitter interface
  2. Michele Neylon April 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Mark April 8, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    Nice post Michele. The ‘addons’ functionality in Firefox is so powerful. I’ve included some of my add-ons below (biased towards sys admin/security & paranoia) –
    Netcraft – anti-phishing toolbar. The toolbar prvides extensive information of the current website – where it’s hosted, risk rating of the site, popularity of the site amongst Netcraft toolbar users, how long the site has been up etc.
    Tamper Data – excellent tool – primarily use it for viewing & modifying HTTP headers. I used it quite a bit for research & POC testing of application firewalls.
    NoScript – extra protection while browsing. Allows me to whitelist sites that I trust to allow them to run scripts. It regularly prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities though it can be a pain for damaging the functionality of various websites.
    Show IP – shows the IP of the site you’re browsing & allows various querying such as ‘whois’.
    WOT – warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam etc.
    A few others but I’m getting tired 🙂
    Have you checked out Opera – I think it’s a great browser. It’s paranoia (not surprising given the amount of browsing exploits these days) but I like to separate my secure browsing (e.g. Internet Banking) into a separate browser from my standard, daily browsing.

  4. Mark April 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    Oh yeah and Switch Proxy – so much easier to change your upstream proxy (very useful when you manage multiple proxy servers).

  5. Michele Neylon April 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    Thanks for the comments
    I wouldn’t consider using a second browser, though I have several installed, as I switch between desktops quite a bit and like to maintain some level of continuity and sanity

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