15 Firefox Add-Ons To Customize Your Browsing Experience

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Firefox’s developer community is not only incredibly active when it comes to creating new add-ons for your browser, but also pretty creative too. There are countless extensions available to customize your browser and they cover a variety of functions like removing cookies, speeding up search and even translating web pages into different languages.

As we near the end of 2013 here’s a look at what we think are some of the more exceptional Firefox add-ons that help deliver a better, and sometimes safer, browsing experience.

Firefox add-ons

1. Autopager

Patience may be a virtue, but many of us still appreciate speed and efficiency when it comes to our browsing experience. Here’s where Autopage comes in. It’s a nifty add-on that automatically loads the next page of a website when you reach the end of the current page.

2. Awesome Screenshot Plus

Developed by the folks over at social bookmarking site, Diigo, this add-on turns screenshot captures into a simple process. Grab full pages, portions of pages, annotate, edit and share with others.

3. Bloody Vikings!

Regardless of what email service or system you use it’s inevitable that SPAM will somehow infiltrate. You can minimize unwanted communication or check out products without having to use your real email address by using Bloody Viking to create a disposable email address directly from your browser.

4. Click&Clean

Navigating Firefox’s options and behind-the-scenes areas isn’t rocket science, but it’s not super easy to find either. Installing this add-on allows users to delete everything from browsing history and cookies to temporary Internet files and typed URLs in one fell swoop.

5. Clippings

Copy-paste seems archaic after using the Clippings add-on. If you’re someone who uses the same block of texts repeatedly — email signatures, meeting requests, greetings — you can save them to Clippings and then access them when needed via a simple right-click menu option. Bonus: saving text blocks is just as easy. Just drag and drop to the add-on’s toolbar.

6. FlashGot

Let’s say you’re in the middle of a download and suddenly your web connection fails. FlashGot is here to save the day (and possibly save you from gouging out your eyeballs). This add-on works with several different download managers to resume downloads when they are interrupted.

7. HTTPS Everywhere

This add-on works to encrypt your communications for a more secure browsing experience. Loosely translated this means that while someone might be able to see what website you’re visiting they will not be able to see what you’re doing on that site.

8. LastPass Password Manager

A free online password manager and form filler, LastPass  helps you manage your usernames, passwords and accounts for a more secure experience. Users can also import passwords from other competitor password storage services such as KeePass, Password and others. LastPass syncs your information across multiple computers and browsers too.

9.Lazarus: Form Recovery

Lazarus is truly a godsend for anyone that finds themselves filling out a web form, experiencing a server timeout or crash and then tearing out their hair because all entered data is pretty much sayonara. This add-on auto-saves your entries and work for quick recovery should you ever need it.

10. Showcase

Showcase is like a visual tab manager that enables users to see thumbnails of tabs currently open in a sidebar, tab or single window. A must have add-on for hyper-browsers that have dozens of tabs open in any given session.

11. Stylish

Similar to Personas Plus, which skins your Firefox browser, Stylish allows users to install themes for skinning Facebook, Google, Youtube and many other sites. It’s like customized flair for your favorite sites and online tools.

12. Tin Eye Reverse Image Search (TERIS)

By far one of the handiest add-ons, TERIS is a reverse image search engine that let you search for the origins of any online image. This is extremely helpful for investigating copyright infringement, creative commons use and providing proper artist attribution requests when warranted.

13. Web of Trust (WOT)

A security add-on built on crowd-sourced input from users, WOT rates the trustworthiness of websites to help you make better-informed decisions about whether to visit them or not.

14. X-notifier

The superstar of email alerts, X-notifier checks your webmail accounts such as Yahoo!, Gmail or Hotmail, as well as any POP3/IMAP account and notifies you about unread email.

15. Zotero

If you’re a student, a researcher, a writer or just a plain old data junky you are going to love Zotero. It helps users collect, organize, store and even share sources that have been discovered. Users can grab and save just about anything from the web — images, video, PDFs — and tag them, plus have them pre-formatted for use in academic instances like footnotes or bibliographies.

There are so many Firefox browser extensions available and more launching every day. We’ll continue to keep tabs on those that can help make a better browsing experience for users and share them down the road.

We have no commercial relationships with any of the vendors discussed in this blog, and disclaim responsibility for them and their goods and services.

What are some of the add-ons that you use? Any favorites? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.