7 Great Firefox Extensions You Must Install Right Away.
Firefox received a much-needed and long-deserved overhaul last year in the form of Firefox Quantum, a new and improved browser that brought faster load times, better memory allocation, and greater security. On the other hand, it changed how extensions work.
In old Firefox, a security hole in the extension opened up vulnerabilities for the entire browser. Now only extensions created with the Firefox WebExtensions encoding tool are supported.
This means that old extensions that you knew and loved may no longer work, but this is no cause for sorrow. There are a number of brand new Firefox extensions that take your browser’s functionality to whole new heights.
If you’re new to Firefox, or are back after a long hiatus to try Quantum, here are some of the coolest extensions you should install right now.
Adblock Plus (link)
Adblock needs no introduction Pretty much anyone who has ever used a web browser has heard of this service – and the protests from many ad-focused sites. However, if you want to avoid the most annoying ads and watch YouTube without ads placed before, during or after the video, Adblock is the way to go.
The extension has been downloaded by over 8,500,000 users and has a 4.6 stars rating with 11,222 reviews. In addition to being an ad-free experience, Adblock Plus helps make your online experience safer so that businesses can’t track and target you with certain advertisements.
Light Shot (link)
Most operating systems have a built-in tool for taking screenshots, but it simply transfers the selected area to the desktop. Firefox goes a little further with Lightshot and provides users with a powerful tool to take screenshots in the browser and customize them as needed.
Once installed, Lightshot can be activated by clicking the icon in the toolbar. Then you select the area you want to take the screenshot. You can edit the screenshot by adding text, lines, and more.
If you work in an area where you need to take a lot of screenshots, Lightshot is your choice.
Firefox multi-account containers (link)
In today’s world, few people have a single identity on the Internet. Most of us have at least a personal and professional side. Multiple Firefox Account Containers make it easy to split everything about your different characters into separate tabs.
Even cookies are separated by container, making it easy to browse the web in all of your online forms at the same time. It’s a powerful tool for separating different parts of your life and preventing potentially catastrophic transitions between your personal and professional social media accounts.
HTTPS Everywhere (link)
Logging into services over HTTPS – secure hypertext transfer protocol – is always better than the standard HTTP format. HTTPS Everywhere is an extension that enables HTTPS on any site known to support it.
This is a small step that will improve the security of your online experience. At a time when cybersecurity is more important than ever before, installing this extension is one way to protect yourself even more.
When browsing the web or exploring a topic, it’s easy to open too many tabs and slow down your browsing. If you install OneTab and click the icon, it sends all open tabs to a list in one tab.
You can easily browse the open pages and select the ones you need. It also splits your tabs into sessions.
This makes it easy to regain control of your browsing, especially if you find that you have 27 tabs and no easy way to navigate between them.
Let’s face it, online shopping isn’t going anywhere, and that’s great. Why spend hours browsing store aisles when a quick search reveals exactly what you want to buy with a dozen different price options?
Honey is an extension that helps you make sure you are getting the best price for what you buy. Honey automatically applies discount codes at checkout for any supported site and then selects the most effective one.
While your mileage may vary, Honey is great for saving a few dollars on pizza delivery.
Momentum adds a new look to your screen when you open a new tab. The extension provides a customizable greeting, to-do list, current temperature, and a list of additional features such as quick links.
The background is a random art selected from the database. This is a beautiful, relaxing new tab screen update to help you stay focused and productive throughout the day.