A Guide To Protecting Your Privacy Online With Browser Extensions

browser extensionsLifehacker has a rundown of recommendations for simple browser add-ons (such as Disconnect, Do Not Track Me, and the adorably-mascotted Ghostery) for keeping your online browsing and communications safe from tracking:

Anti-tracking and anti-cookie extensions have exploded recently. Disconnect (Firefox/Chrome/IE/Safari) is our pick because it continues to add useful features and improve its database, and its secure Wi-Fi and bandwidth optimization features aren’t available in other tools. It blocks third party tracking cookies and gives you control over all site scripts and elements from a simple-to-use toolbar menu. It also protects you from tracking by social networks like Facebook, Google, and Twitter, which use your browsing even off-site to collect data about you.

HTTPS Everywhere (Firefox/Chrome) is a must-have regardless of what other security tools you opt to use. Once installed, the extension will shunt your connection to SSL whenever possible, and will try to find secure versions of the sites you visit.

8 Comments on "A Guide To Protecting Your Privacy Online With Browser Extensions"

  1. Cool

    I currently use Tor, abdblock (no advertisements anywhere..including youtube previews), and scriptsafe (aka scriptno)

  2. Herp Derp McGurt | Apr 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm |

    Trackmenot is a decent one for search engines.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Apr 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm |

    if you’re using a smart phone or even a regular cell phone
    all bets are off
    because you’re broadcasting who & where you are at all times
    even with GPS off
    even with the power off

  4. Oh the irony. I have to turn Disconnect and Ghostery off in order
    to read the comments or respond here.

  5. Do Not Track Me shows 6 companies attempting tracking while I’m browsing Disinfo.com

  6. Lady of the Snows | Apr 30, 2013 at 8:55 am |

    Download the Tor Browser based of FF.

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