If you aren’t using the popular, award winning browser Mozilla Firefox to surf the net, give it a try.
(if you’re already using Firefox, skip to ‘7 Free Add-ons I recommend‘ later in this post)
I’ve been using Firefox for at least 4 years and can’t imagine using anything else
Free, fast & flexible – it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux – Firefox is easy to install and optimize.
It’s also very secure (tired of all of those IE security updates?)
How to import bookmarks from your current browser into Firefox:
Firefox: Importing Bookmarks FAQs
And make Firefox your default browser
7 Free Firefox Add-Ons I Recommend
Add-ons make Firefox go from great to amazing. They’re simple to install.
One of my all-time favorite internet tools. Incredible time saver.
Roboform automates online password entering and form filling. If you enter online contests, have several websites/blogs, belong to forums, or do anything that requires having a password online, this tool can make a HUGE difference. It’s more flexible and secure than the feature that comes with Firefox by default.
You can get the free Roboform Firefox Toolbar here:
Eventually I upgraded to the paid version, RoboForm Pro. I had collected too many passwords for the free version. If you experience the same thing, don’t worry. The price is fair considering what this software can do.
This is also available for Internet Explorer. With this add-on you can easily choose how PDF files are handled by Firefox (download, open, convert to HTML web page for quicker viewing). You can even convert HTML web pages to PDF.
3. Any Color
There are many free ‘skins’ that you can download that allow you to change the look of Firefox – but I haven’t had much success with them. AnyColor allows me to keep things simple by only changing the colors in Firefox. I often start with Pink! or Bright Sky Blue and dabble from there.
Another great time saver. This add-on allows you to download all the links, images, etc. on a particular webpage at once. This saves you the hassle of right-clicking and selecting ‘save as’ for everything one by one.
This gives you many cool powers, such as the ability to unblock a filtered website, surf anonymously and shorten long urls with tinyurl.
Is a site not displaying properly in Firefox? For the rare time that happens, this add-on allows you to quickly switch to Internet Explorer within Firefox instead of loading it separately.
Programmers, designers and marketers will appreciate this one. There are many useful features for the average surfer too. You can decide which cookies Firefox accepts, check color codes on sites (great if you want to duplicate them for your own site design), edit code, hide images on pages (this can improve the readability of some sites tremendously! Try it and see) and much more.
Bonus recommendation: Firefox Portable Edition
This isn’t an add-on technically, but I’m including it as a bonus. I haven’t used it yet, but it’s ready and waiting on my desktop.
Firefox Portable Edition allows you to store Firefox on a USB device (the small keychain ones are handy). This means that you’ll be able to bring your bookmarks wherever you go so you can access them on other computers. It’s very secure; it leaves no personal information on the machine you access it on. This is a particularly handy if you’re using public computers in places like libraries (which may be tracking everything you do).
What are your favorite add-ons and enhancements for Firefox?
~ Lillea Woodlyns
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