5 Firefox extensions you really need


  • uBlock Origin

    Free Web Android Microsoft Edge Vivaldi Browser Chrome ... Pale Moon Thunderbird Opera Chromium Firefox Website

    Popular and efficient blocker for Chromium, Chrome, Edge, Firefox (desktop and Android), Opera, Thunderbird. Fast and lean.

     

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  • uMatrix

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome Opera ... Chromium Firefox Website

    Point & click to forbid/allow any class of requests made by your browser. Use it to block scripts, iframes, ads, facebook, etc.
    uMatrix: A point-and-click matrix-based firewall, with many privacy-enhancing tools.

    uMatrix put you in full control of where your browser is allowed to connect, what type of data it is allowed to download, and what it is allowed to execute. Nobody else decides for you: You choose. You are in full control of your privacy.

    Out of the box, uMatrix works in relax block-all/allow-exceptionally mode, meaning web sites which require 3rd-party scripts are likely to be "broken". With two clicks, uMatrix can be set to work in allow-all/block-exceptionally mode, which generally will not break web sites.

    Regarding the myth that "Chromium-based browsers can't reliably block JavaScript", see: https://github.com/gorhill/httpswitchboard/wiki/Blocking-javascript-execution-reliably-in-Chromium-based-browsers .

    • See ALL the remote connections, failed or attempted, depending on whether they were blocked or allowed (you decide).

    • A single-click to whitelist/blacklist one or multiple classes of requests according to the destination and type of data (a blocked request will NEVER leave your browser).

    • Efficient blacklisting: cookies won't leave your browser, JavaScript won't execute, plugins won't play, tracking pixels won't download, etc.

    • You do not have to solely rely on just one particular curated blacklist (arguably with many missing entries) outside which nothing else can be blocked: You are in full control.

    • Ease of use: uMatrix lets you easily whitelist/blacklist net requests which originate from within a web page according to a point-and-click matrix:

    • domain names (left column)
    • from very specific
    • to very generic
    • type of requests (top row)
    • cookies
    • CSS-related resources (stylesheets and web fonts)
    • images
    • plugins
    • scripts
    • XHR (requests made by scripts)
    • frames
    • others

     

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  • Decentraleyes

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... Chrome Pale Moon Opera Chromium Firefox Website

    Protects you against tracking through "free", centralized, content delivery. It prevents a lot of requests from reaching networks like Google Hosted Libraries, and serves local files to keep sites from breaking. Complements regular content blockers.

     

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  • ClearURLs

    Free Mac Windows Linux Firefox Website

    This extension will automatically remove tracking elements from URLs to help protect your privacy when browse through the Internet.

    Many websites use tracking elements in the URL (e.g. https://example.com?utm_source=newsletter1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sale ) to mark your online activity. All that tracking code is not necessary for a website to be displayed or work correctly and can therefore be removed—that is exactly what ClearURLs does.

    Another common example are Amazon URLs. If you search for a product on Amazon you will see a very long URL, such as: https://www.amazon.com/dp/exampleProduct/ref=sxin_0_pb?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&keywords=tea&pd_rd_i=exampleProduct&pd_rd_r=8d39e4cd-1e4f-43db-b6e7-72e969a84aa5&pd_rd_w=1pcKM&pd_rd_wg=hYrNl&pf_rd_p=50bbfd25-5ef7-41a2-68d6-74d854b30e30&pf_rd_r=0GMWD0YYKA7XFGX55ADP&qid=1517757263&rnid=2914120011

    Indeed most of the above URL is tracking code. Once ClearURLs has cleaned the address, it will look like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/exampleProduct

    Why use this extension as opposed to similar ones?
    Most other “link cleaners” employ about a dozen rules when looking for tracking parameters to remove. ClearURLs utilizes over 130 rules, so its capabilities are more comprehensive.
    And ClearURLs is open source, so everyone can join in to the project and/or can check the source code to error or malicious code.

    What do we collect?
    This extension protects and respects your privacy. We do not—and will never—collect any of your usage data.

    What do I do if I have trouble?
    Visit our GitLab page or check out our wiki.

    Write us...
    If have any suggestions or complaints, please contact us on GitLab.

     

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