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The Top 12 Browser Security and Internet Privacy Add-Ons

The best free add-ons for browser security and Internet privacy

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You can never be too careful when it comes to browser security and Internet privacy. There are several measures that you can take to avoid becoming a victim of hacker exploits. One is to install some of the following browser security add-ons, which are designed to guard you from browser flaws. Another important aspect of surfing the Web is your Internet privacy. Some of the following add-ons serve to help protect that Internet privacy in several unique ways.

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus prevents certain banners and other advertisements from being downloaded, and therefore displayed, when you visit a Web page. A fully customizable integrated filter gives you the ability to block specific ad types or to stifle the majority of advertisements altogether.

CustomizeGoogle

CustomizeGoogle allows you to modify the appearance of your Google search results in several ways, such as adding links to other search engines and suppressing advertisements. Many other features like masking your Google ID and streaming search results are also included.

Finjan SecureBrowsing

Finjan SecureBrowsing searches major websites as well as search results for malicious content hiding behind links. By accessing and scanning destination URLs in real time, the add-on proactively warns you when a link is potentially dangerous.

Flagfox

Flagfox provides instant access to a website's server information. A small flag denoting the server's country of origin is automatically displayed in the bottom right hand corner of your browser window.

FlashBlock

FlashBlock automatically blocks all content on websites from any of the following Macromedia types: Flash, Shockwave, and Authorware.

Glubble Family Edition

Glubble Family Edition provides a fully functional parental control suite for your browser. It gives parents, teachers, and other guardians the ability to safely dictate and monitor what areas of the Web their children and students are able to view.

IE7pro

IE7Pro is a must have add-on which includes a lot of features and tweaks to make your browser friendlier, more useful, secure and customizable.

Netcraft Toolbar

The Netcraft Toolbar helps protect you from phishing attacks by blocking access to suspicious URLs. Drawing from its large database and relying on community input, Netcraft employs a giant "neighborhood watch scheme" to actively collect URLs involved in phishing.

NoScript

NoScript allows executable content such as JavaScript to run only if it is being hosted on a domain that you trust.

Quero Toolbar

Quero Toolbar is intended to be used as a replacement for IE's address bar. Pop-up and ad blocking is taken to the next level, allowing you to not only block standard pop-ups but to stifle even some Google ads from appearing. Most importantly, it can protect you from certain types of phishing attacks.

ShowIP

ShowIP displays the IP address of the web page you are currently viewing right in your browser's status bar. In addition, it gives you the ability to query services such as whois and netcraft via IP or Hostname.

Sxipper

Sxipper securely stores names, passwords, and other data that you frequently enter on various websites.

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