Safe and secure browsing is essential when surfing the Internet. Unwanted ads, annoying pop-ups, cookies that keep tabs on your browsing history, unsecured webpages. These are just a few, of the many, frustrations and annoyances that come with using the internet today.
Here are 3 browser extensions for safe and secure browsing.
1. AdBlock Plus
While you surf the world wide web, there are certain things that track your information and compile it into a database. These “things” are better known as scripts. Scripts are invisible to the visitor’s eye, but their availability within the code of a website defines how the website behaves in response to certain click requests sent by the user. Sometimes, scripts give you unwanted ads and annoying pop-ups while you are trying to navigate a web page. This is where an extension such as AdBlock Plus can help. This extension blocks banner ads, pop-up ads, rollover ads, and more. It stops you from visiting known malware-hosting domains, can prevent data being sent to advertisers, and it can disable third-party tracking cookies and scripts. Essentially, ad blocker extensions like this one give you more control over your browsing experience.
2. Privacy Badger
Privacy Badger keeps an eye out for suspicious third parties tracking you while you browse different websites, then jumps to your defense by blocking their tracking cookies. Cookies keep tabs on your browsing history and internet behavior, and if an advertiser is tracking your cookies, this extension will automatically block that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. All in all, this little badger’s job is to block spying ads and invisible trackers – making it a good buddy to have by your side while you surf the internet.
3. HTTPS Everywhere
Generally speaking, these are two types of web URLs – HTTP and HTTPS. The difference here is the ‘S’ at the end of the HTTPS, which stands for ‘Secure’. However, many web pages do not route you to the secure versions of their webpages automatically. The HTTPS Everywhere extension takes care of that by rewriting requests to direct you to HTTPS – secured sites. So, if your browsing takes you to unsecured areas of a website, HTTPS Everywhere will redirect you to the encrypted HTTPS site and keep your senitive data from leaking and third parties from snooping.