Jun 082007

I’m going to outline some of the Firefox extensions that I use on my browser. Using these extensions or plugins on Firefox can save you a lot of time when you are using multiple sites. I’m going to try and cover how these add-ons work in Firefox, and why you should use them. I may not go into depth about the services these plugins work with, that is going to be another very long post indeed, but right now assume you should use any of the services the extensions are associated with, otherwise I wouldn’t be suggesting plugins for the service!

Before we begin, please make sure you have the latest version of Firefox installed on your computer. If you are using Firefox right now: click HELP, and Check for Updates. If you are using Internet Explorer or any other browser, please download and install FireFox now.

Now we are ready to begin in no particular order.

IE Tab: This add-on allows you to embed an Internet Explorer tab inside Firefox. If you use websites that only work on IE (like some banks, corporate websites, etc), this tab will allow you to view those sites directly in Firefox. No more having multiple browsers open and slowing down your machine. You can even run Windows Update from within the IE tab in Firefox. Now there really is no reason to open up IE.

Add2Netvibes: This extension assumes you are using Netvibes for your personal start page. If you aren’t using Netvibes now, you will after you install the extension. This adds a button to your Firefox navigation toolbar that will indicate the presence of an available RSS Feed of a website. This button allows you to easily add a feed directly into your Netvibes start page for syndicated reading later. Think of it as subscribing to a newspaper with the click of a button for free. If you dont use RSS feeds now, the combination of Netvibes and Add2Netvibes will make it super easy for you to start enjoying syndicated content from all over the world.

StumbleUpon Extension: This is more for fun that productivity. Basically StumbleUpon allows you to vote sites you visit "thumbs up" or "thumbs down". You may also "stumble" across the web, and view other pages that users have rated. You can choose the category or tags of pages you want to stumble. User suggested content has never been easier to find. The more you use the StumbleUpon Extension, the better the results for the community at large, and the better your stumbling experience will be in the future.

del.icio.us Extension: Keeping track of and sharing your bookmarks with friends, colleagues, and family has never been easier. Using this add-on with the single click of a button you can bookmark a page and/or forward it to someone. You can also tag sites by topic of interest so you can find your bookmarks faster when you need them. You’ll also never "loose" your bookmarks if your computer dies, you can access your bookmarks from any computer in the world.

Video Downloader: If you’ve ever seen a video on a website and wanted to save it but couldn’t…now you can. Video Downloader allows you to save videos from Youtube, Google Video, MySpace, iFilm, and all embedded objects on a webpage (movies, mp3s, flash, quicktime, etc) . This Add-on is simple to use and works well most of the time.

Secure Login: Extends Firefox security by using an Opera-like function to handle Usernames and Passwords to web sites. Instead of auto-filling information when you pull the site up, Secure Login prevents the username and password from being auto-inserted into forms. This feature will help prevent against malicious javascript and other code that may try to steal your login information. You can still auto-login by pressing the shortcut ALT+N. I highly suggest using this extension, especially if you log into many sites.

Well that wraps up my list for today. I will continue to add to it as I find more useful extensions to suggest. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to Subscribe!

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