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Host file

Ad blockers usually block most ads, but they increase the amount of memory and CPU. This slows down your browsing experience. I recommend to use a host file instead of an ad blocker. A host file also blocks ads that are included in your apps.

License: MIT (Type of MIT: Expat License)

AdNauseam

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I recommend to use AdNauseam if you don't want to use a host file (or if you want to use an ad blocker and a host file). AdNauseam uses uBlock Origin in the background and fakes the tracking data.

Google banned this add-on from their web store, but they had no great reason for doing that. AdNauseam is a good way of protesting against ads. It will click on ads and companies will lose money by using this. Google probably removed it because it also clicks on their ads.

License: GPLv3

WARNING this site contains proprietary or unlicensed JS!

uBlock Origin

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uBlock Origin is the last option that I can give you if none of the other options are for you. It uses less CPU and RAM as the most ad blockers. There is no proof that they allow some ads. Adblock plus does allow some ads .

uBlock is actually not an ad blocker. It's a general-purpose blocker. This add-on is not the same as the uBlock add-on. The development from uBlock stopped. Donations to uBlock will not benefits those who contributed to uBlock Origin.

License: GPLv3

Passwords

KeepassXC

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Saving passwords in your browser is insecure according to many security researchers. The main focus of browser developers is probably not security.

Programs which do have a main focus on security exist. One of those programs is KeepassXC. Online password managers also get leaked sometimes and this is the reason why I wouldn't recommend them.

A password manager is also pretty convenient. You only have to remember your master password (use a strong password for this) and the other passwords are generated. Generated passwords tend to be secure.

License: GPLv3

WARNING this site contains proprietary or unlicensed JS!
HTTPS

Smart HTTPS (revived)

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Connecting to a website with HTTPS protects the user from many attacks. Using HTTP is less secure.

The Smart HTTPS add-on tries to force HTTPS, but will use HTTP when this is not possible. In fact it is itself an upgrade from the very popular add-on developed by the EFF known as HTTPS Everywhere. The Smart HTTPS add-on is lighter on your resources.

License: MPLv2

WARNING this site contains proprietary or unlicensed JS!
Disabling JS

GNU LibreJS

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Many JS scripts snoop on the users. Even worse, some sites record all the actions which a user does while looking at the page. Some sites even run bitcoin miners in JS. One way to avoid this is by using the GNU LibreJS add-on.

License: GPLv3

NoScript Security Suite

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Is GNU LibreJS too "extreme" for you?

Don't worry other ways to deal with the JS trap exist. NoScript Security Suite is another add-on which might work for you. Another option is uMatrix, but that add-on is more advanced.

License: GPLv2

WARNING this site contains proprietary or unlicensed JS!
Block tracking

Protection, secure, shield icon, this is the current Cloud Firewall logo By Isaac Grant - CC BY 3.0 licensed.

The Cloud Firewall add-on allows users to toggle blocking ON or OFF for allowing your browser to connect to web pages and web resources (like images, videos) hosted on popular top clouds/companies (including Cloudflare). Cloud Firewall has a whitelisting option.

I highly recommend this add-on. It might be a bit extreme for some, but it has the possibility to block popular CDNs, which many associate with spying.

Read my "Say no to Cloudflare" article for more info about the Cloudflare issue.

License: GPLv3

Privacy Possum

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Privacy Possum makes tracking you less profitable.

The owner of the add-on worked on Privacy Badger which is an EFF add-on. He found the privacy benefits limited which is why he created this add-on.

License: GPLv3

TrackMeNot

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TrackMeNot tries to protect you against search data-profiling. It does this by sending randomized search queries to popular search engines.

The randomized search queries make it harder to discover what you actually searched for since you didn't actually search for those queries.

License: GPLv2

WARNING this site contains proprietary or unlicensed JS!

Neat URL

This add-on will remove the tracking fields form all URLs which are visited by the browser. Large (and small) webpages use elements in the URL to track your online activities. The add-on will try to remove these tracking fields from the URL.

License: GPLv2

More privacy add-ons

This section is aimed at those who want to take their privacy to the next level. The next add-ons are pretty "extreme".

TorSwitch

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This privacy focussed list couldn't be complete without mentioning tor. This add-on connects to a tor proxy. The tor package on GNU+Linux uses this proxy by default.

This add-on will make your browsing experience slower. Tor claims to offer anonymity, but I personally think that you shouldn't trust it completely. Exit nodes can be sniffed and such.

License: GPLv3

User-Agent Switcher

You can spoof your User-Agent string by using this add-on.

Pretending to be a different browser can be useful in a number of different situations. Web pages can require one to use a specific browser to access their site.

License: GPLv3

uMatrix

This add-on is a bit like a small firewall. It gives you lots of control of your privacy.

uMatrix puts you in full control of where your browser is allowed to connect, what type of data it is allowed to download, and what it is allowed to execute. Nobody else decides for you: You choose. You are in full control of your privacy.

License: GPLv3


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