“Privacy is a right to self.” – Edward Snowden
The first step to anonymous web surfing is getting a web browser that is built for privacy out of the box – Firefox. With it’s powerful array of privacy centric extensions, it becomes difficult deciding which one to choose. This is why we’ve prepared a list of the best extensions for you to customize your browsing privacy needs.
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The top 9 best Firefox privacy extensions
These privacy extensions are free to download from the Firefox add-on website and guarantee a secure browsing experience.
1. uBlock Origin
The industry standard of adblocks, uBlock Origin best described in two words: an efficient blocker: easy on memory and CPU footprint, and yet can load and enforce thousands of more filters than other popular blockers out there. With endless customizability and control (if desired) this is a must have for anyone.
2. Firefox Multi-Account Containers
Firefox Multi-Account Containers allows for contained online browsing, where different color-coded tabs isolate your history from each other, thus preserving your privacy. It works by making every website store cookies in its own container, preventing different websites knowing about your private activities.
3. Bloody Vikings!
Are you tired of exposing your email to every random service asking for it? Bloody Vikings! Automatically inserts a temporary email address and opens a separate tab for the inbox, so you can click on the verification email and forget about it.
4. Cookie AutoDelete
Take control of your cookies! When a tab closes, any leftover cookies, which you haven’t whitelisted, will get deleted! The best part is, it now works with Firefox’s multi-account containers!
Many websites nowadays rely on extensive third-party libraries for content delivery. Blocking their requests for ads sometimes help, but since most of your activities run through them, website makers have started lacing the library with tracking calls. Decentraleyes comes with all major third-party libraries pre-loaded for you, ensuring only data you want to share is sent to the website!
6. DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials
All the essentials for a safe, private journey through the internet, all in one place: block trackers, smart encryption, DuckDuckGo private search, and more!
7. Privacy Badger
AI is on the rise and Privacy Badger is an amazing example of it being put to good use! Privacy Badger looks at the cookies and trackers that make use of them, learning from every website you visit. As soon as it starts noticing repeating trends or it suspects a specific cookie to be a tracker, it eats it up and blocks it from ever being called on your browser! If the cookie appears to be vital for the website to function, it will allow it to function, but only within the vicinity of the website, eating it up, as soon as you leave the domain. On top of all this — it blocks all social media buttons automatically, replacing it with icons of cute little badger babies!
8. Privacy Possum
Similar in name to Privacy Badger, but with an entirely different purpose, Privacy Possum is an excellent addition to your vermin privacy army! It works by messing up and scrambling third-party-trackers, reducing and falsifying data gathered by tracking companies. This is a great backup to Privacy Badger, giving it enough time to learn which cookies to eat!
9. Smart HTTPS
HTTP is the way a server communicates with the browser. HTTP enables visitors to view a website and send information back and forth to the server. HTTPS is communication through a secure connection. Communications through an HTTPS with the server are encrypted by a secure certificate known as an SSL. The encryption prevents third-parties from eavesdropping on communications to and from the server. Smart HTTPS automatically changes HTTP protocol to the secure HTTPS when it is available. If it encounters an error while loading a site in HTTPS it will revert back to the HTTP so your browsing experience is seamless.