1. Delete items from address bar history
While it’s very handy to have your recently visited pages autocompleted as you type, it’s not always desirable. Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages you’ve visited. You can highlight and delete these at will, for maximum privacy.
2. Protect your PC from malware
3. Speedily search for images
Browse Google images and your results are split into blocks of 21. But use CoolIris and you’ll get all your results displayed on a 3D photo wall, a much faster and easier way to find the images you need. It only works with some sites, unfortunately, but as these include Google, Flickr, Picasa, Yahoo, Photobucket, Facebook and MySpace then you’ll still have plenty to browse. Especially as it searches and displays YouTube videos, too. Give it a try.
4. Easily open multiple links
Sometimes your image searches will lead you to forums or websites with large thumbnail galleries. You could do the right-click “open link in new tab” thing for every thumbnail, but it’s much easier to use Linky. Just select the thumbnails you want to view, right-click an empty part of the page, and click Linky > Open All Image Links In Tabs to open them automatically. A real time-saver.
5. Watch videos in your sidebar
Organising your images is easy. Videos? That’s more of a challenge, but YouPlayer can help, at least with the big sites (YouTube, Google Video, MySpace and Metacafe). Drag and drop video links into the playlist and you can play them in your sidebar, without having to revisit the original site each time. It can download videos, too, but if that’s your main interest then we’d recommend a more specialist tool like Video DownloadHelper.
6. Keep your bookmarks online
If others make use of your PC occasionally then you might not want them to see your more, hmm, specialist bookmarks. Use StartAid and you can save your favourite sites online, instead. The service imports your existing bookmarks so it’s easy to get started, and you can then access them from any convenient PC.
7. Go covert
One of the best privacy add-ons is Ghostfox, which not only hides your browsing using emergency mouse gestures, but can display Firefox within programs such as Paint for the ultimate in covert browsing,
8. At-a-glance download monitoring
When you’re downloading several large files then it can be annoying to keep switching to the download window to see how they’re progressing. But there is another way. Install the Download Status Bar and every download generates a new button on the status bar, so it’s visible whatever tab you happen to be using. Each button includes a progress bar for easy download monitoring, and you can right-click the button for options to pause or cancel the download.
9. Use Master Password
Firefox will remember your passwords, but it’s not really secure unless you use the Firefox master password. To set this up, select Tools, Options and click the Security icon. Check Remember passwords for sites and Use a master password. The first time you log on enter this, and then password fields will be autocompleted.
10. Don’t record your browsing history
Make sure no trace of your activity is left by checking “Always clear my private data when I close Firefox”.
11. Get paranoid
Torbutton will allow you to connect and disconnect from the Tor anonymity network. Tor scatters your browser requests across the internet for ultimate privacy.
12. Don’t get tracked
Using the Tools menu, click on Options, select the Privacy tab. Ensure that ‘Accept third-party cookies’ is unchecked, and the ‘Keep until’ option is set to ‘I close Firefox’.
13. Disable 3rd Party Images
On websites the content you receive from the website is called 1st party content and content drawn from other websites is called 3rd party content. This thrird party content has cause privacy problems, so it’s possible to block it. Got to “about:config” and filter for ‘permissions.default.image’ double click it and set the default value to 3. This could stop Google from returning image results so be careful.