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.

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  • symbiont

    Cool

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

    • I_abide

      Not only is Tor safe but as an added bonus if you work somewhere that selectively blocks internet traffic it lets you walk on by it.

      • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

        yay Porn!

  • Herp Derp McGurt

    Trackmenot is a decent one for search engines.

  • BuzzCoastin

    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

  • HCE

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

  • dat

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

  • Lady of the Snows

    Download the Tor Browser based of FF.

  • BuzzCoastin

    yours runs that fast?! wow!