Word on the Web: Build an Ultra-Secure Web Browser Using Firefox Extensions


With growing talk of companies monitoring people’s Internet use and malicious websites stealing data, it may be a good time to begin taking Web privacy more seriously. The next generation of Web browsers will include more features along these lines, but in the meantime it may be wise for users to take matters into their own hands.


Through online tracking, companies can gain a broad list of information about each user. They can know who their Facebook friends are, where their computer is located, and their interests; as well as anything from the health problems they may have, to what their political stances are.

Luckily the Firefox Web browser makes hiding this information easy with its surplus of user-submitted extensions. If you want to become completely invisible online you’ll need a bit more than what’s found here, but using a combination of the following free tools will give a good push in the right direction.


Companies track the activity of users online through what are known as “Super-Cookies,” which are small bits of data that are stored from each website a user visits. BetterPrivacy can safeguard users from this unwanted tracking by automatically removing these cookies each time a user closes their Web browser.


It specializes in two main types of such cookies, namely those left from a computer’s Flash animation plugin, and another type called “DOM Storage” which are similarly used to track the online activities of users.


There are unseen activities that take place each time a user visits a website, particularly from companies that track users online. Similar to the BetterPrivacy extension, Ghostery targets this form of online tracking.


Ghostery displays a list of Web publishers, ad networks, and companies that are following you as you visit each site. It also lets users learn more about each company and has a feature to block access to companies that they would rather not have tracking them.

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