My all-time favorite Firefox Extensions

The first things I do after having “bloody” new operating system set up is to – if not previously installed – install firefox and some extension I need for “daily” tasks.

The first one I think is always PwdHash which generates per-site-passwords on the fly in combination with your master password, so I can login to the bunch of websites where I am registered. Just install it and press F2 when you are in the password box, then enter your password and press Submit. The extension automatically generates the password, so that key loggers have no chance.

Call me paranoid but I use site-specific master passwords too. So like the first and last letters of the website domain with different case combinations and a static part.

The next one is Greasemonkey which executes little JavaScript-programs on every site. My favorite user script is AutoLoginJ which automatically logs you in on website where you have your password stored.

After some time of surfing I discover the annoying ads popping out everywhere. The simple solution Adblock Plus which protects me from the time-stealing layer-ads.

After a while I tend to visit to extend my bookmark list. If I see a nice website I want to simply add this page to my bookmarks without going to the page, the click post and the copy the page title to the description field. So I install the Extension (VS 1.2) because version 1.5 works too slow for me. Sure it has more features but I am satisfied with the features of VS 1.2.

The last one I install after some downloads is Download Statusbar which makes downloads a lot easier because it simply shows your downloads in a bar at the bottom, so you always have an overview and can do all important download-related tasks at one place.

In another profile I often install the Web Developer Extension for detecting the structure of a website. This helps a lot when designing a new page. But at the time I have other things to do 😉

You may post your favorite extensions without you cannot live. 😎


4 Responses to “My all-time favorite Firefox Extensions”

  1. 1 eladepto May 16, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    i have no time to read all the blog but it seems great 😉
    i use debian. every day is a challenge under linux. 🙂 good job man.

  2. 2 colono June 24, 2007 at 2:31 am

    I wouldn’t call you paranoid – you just revealed the pattern with which you create your passwords:

    “Call me paranoid but I use site-specific master passwords too. So like the first and last letters of the website domain with different case combinations and a static part.”


    ..but in general this doesn’t really reveal much, but it is a good tip for password management – patterns of sorts so that you know, more or less, what you have to find in your memory, — you then just a need to combine a few constants and variables, rather than remember each time recall a unique alpha-numeric-text-age string.

    greetings from feisty 7.04

  3. 3 ataub2qf June 24, 2007 at 11:25 am

    @colono This was only an example 😉 Nothing said about what I am really using =) You could also take a part in the middle or every second letter (so you have every time a different length =) ) and so on…

    And I am using this PWs only on websites where I does not care about a hacked PW 😉 For my bank account, Ebay, Amazon and all the other “sensitive” websites I have stronger PWs (individually created)

  4. 4 catchemifyoutry September 18, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    Hi, nice blog.
    If you like the Web Developer Toolbar, be sure to check out FireBug. This is my number one Firefox extension to inspect a website’s structure, and it can do much more!
    It can also be used to debug javascript, and to see what HTTP requests a site sends and receives.


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