An ‘add-on’ is termed to be a product that is used to enhance the features of another product. In case of a browser like Mozilla Firefox, an add-on turns out to be a piece of software that customizes Firefox according to our requirements. These requirements can be adding new features or functionality to the browser, providing a different appearance, supporting various languages, providing online security, enhanced downloading speed etc.
With the passage of time, Mozilla Firefox has gained a lot of popularity, majorly because of these free extensions that have turned out to be the overwhelming feature for the users. Firefox provides billions of add-ons that enable us to enhance the working of the browser. These add-ons are easy to install and use and provide tutorials as well for their installation and working procedure. These are available in the form of Extensions, Themes, Search Providers, Dictionaries and language Packs and Plugins.
Thus, the third-party programmers enable us to customize the Firefox web browser with the features that are practical enough to provide us the ease of browsing through the internet. Below you can find few Mozilla Firefox add-ons that have recorded large number of users from all across the world.
When we do online shopping or book tickets or rooms for flights or hotels respectively, we always struggle to find them at the lowest available prices. InvisibleHand is an add-on for Firefox that notifies the users automatically with the lowest price available for flights, hotels or the various products they are shopping for. When a user is browsing and the product one is shopping for is available at a better price, InvisibleHand will notify with the details of the competing retailer, covering majorly the retailers of US and UK. In addition to this, a drop-down menu is also provided. This helps in observing the prices of that product at other sites.
9) FEBE backup
The Firefox Environment Backup Extension comes up with the great privilege of creating the backup of extensions, bookmarks, passwords, preferences, profiles, cookies, themes and any other file at a safe place. It saves together all or particular extensions in a single, installable xpi file. You can customize the backup according to your need, keeping the data in time-stamped folders to easily identify the creation time of the folders or scheduling the regular backup. It also provides backup reminders. You may not restore all the backup data but may restore the only items that are required. The backup can be easily and automatically uploaded to your Box.net account.
There is no more need of the long procedure of copying a text and then opening a new tab for Google search and pasting the text in the search text field to translate the text to the language of your choice. With the help of gTranslate, one can easily translate any foreign text in a webpage. This is done by simply highlighting that text and right-clicking over it. On doing this an instant Google translation will be provided into the language of your choice. One can also translate the image title or alternate attributes. Thus saving upon your time for getting a text translated, this add-on can turns out to be a real time-saver.
7) FastestFox – Browse Faster
We try to find out shortcuts in almost in every field, in whichever way is possible to ease our lives. And what could be better if our work of browsing through the internet becomes faster and easier? This seems possible with the FastestFox add-on. It enhances the browsing speed by providing a quick pop-up menu with the help of qLauncher for faster searches. It also speeds up the Wikipedia searches, image based comparison of prices, visiting the bookmarks, auto-loading the next page and various other features that can be customized according to our requirements. So, if you want to ease your browsing and save a lot of time for other works, this is the best extension you can add to you Firefox browser.
While accessing the webpages, it is unknown to us that our activities are tracked by various trackers like web publishers, ad companies etc. Thus, Ghostery attempts to provide us online privacy. It detects the ‘invisible’ parts of a webpage such as trackers, web bugs, pixels and beacons and keeps us updated with the information about the ones that are blocked by it. On selecting GhostRank, Ghostery is allowed to track the trackers and keep the records of these trackers.
5) Xmarks Sync
Now-a-days, we have laptops, tablets and our old PC, all used for some or the other purposes. Internet is accessed on all these systems and every time a new important webpage is found, a new bookmark is created. But what if a bookmarked site on PC is now required for working purpose in laptop? Xmarks Sync is a free add-on that turns out to be a rescuer for those who use multiple computers and access long URLs that are bookmarked differently on an individual computer. This is because, on installing this add-on, it helps in synchronizing and backing up the various bookmarks, optionally passwords as well as the tabs across your multiple computers by storing them in your Xmarks web account. It also helps in keeping in sync the bookmarks in multiple browsers like Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer. In addition to this, Xmarks also helps in finding the top sites when searched on Google that are bookmarked by the millions of users across the world.
4) Web of Trust (WOT)
We use so many antivirus software to prevent ourselves from getting into the hands of some virus or malware from online sources. However, these software might not turn out to be a true safeguard. Hence, we ourselves can prevent this at an earlier stage. As the name suggests, the WOT extension lets you get familiarized with the accessible links that are trustworthy. With the green, yellow and red colors next to the website links, WOT indicates which are the trustworthy, need-to-be-cautious and unsafe sites respectively. These colors next to the links are signaled depending on the ratings provided by the different users, based on their experiences with these links from all across the world. Thus, this add-on will prevent you from the threats caused due to the untrusted online stores, search engines and surfing sites.
Greasemonkey is an add-on for Firefox that allows a user to customize the look and functions of a webpage. This is done with the help of free scripts for a wide variety of sites created by thousands of users to enhance the browsing. You can write your own script as well. However, certain scripts are specific to certain webpages. Combining Greasefire with Greasemonkey enables the user to determine which script will work on the current webpage the user is working on from the thousands of scripts available.
One would definitely like to get quick access to the images and the links available on a webpage and download them as fast as possible. Working as a download manager, DownThemAll helps one to download a large amount of files according to the requirement in a short span of time from a webpage and has emerged to be an influential, reliable and easy-to-use freeware. It lets you download files according to the filter set and the maximum number of simultaneous downloads chosen, enhances the speed of download by 400%, allows to pause and resume downloads as and when required and provides the option for auto-renaming of the downloaded files.
1) Adblock Plus
This has turned out to be the highly used add-on for Firefox. In this rat-race world, when we all are busy using the internet, who would not get annoyed with the continuous flashing of advertisements on almost every website that is accessed. This free add-on comes out as a boon as on installing this to the browser, it helps in blocking the gaudy banners, the video ads on YouTube and Facebook, pop-ups and much more. Not only that, it also provides online privacy with the help of its features of disabling tracking done by multiple ad agencies as well as automatically correcting the typos which prevents the user from inadvertently visiting malicious domains.