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Offline Maik

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Browser extensions
« on: Monday, 27 June, 2022 @ 04:22:12 »
If you’re already using extensions this probably isn’t for you. If you’re not, it might be of interest:

What’s an extension? A small software ‘app’ that customises your browser by adding new features.

According to BleepingComputer 58.25% of Google Chrome users don't have any extensions installed/enabled. Not a bad thing as extensions can be an entrance point for malware.

However, some extensions can be very useful, such as an ad blocker. Examples and images here are taken from Firefox but most of the extensions are also available for Google Chrome and, probably, for Microsoft Edge.

The most popular extension on Google Chrome is, according to BC, uBlock Origin. It’s mostly used as an ad blocker but it’s more than that. You can read about it on Wikipedia, but it’s a tad technical.

Also useful is a privacy extension, such as Privacy Badger, to stop websites tracking you around the ‘net.

Another you might find really useful is I don’t care about cookies. If you’re tired of the EU cookie warning on most websites then this makes it disappear. It doesn’t block cookies, there’s other ways to do that. Such as via your browser:

In Firefox click on the three horizontal bars top right (a.k.a. the hamburger button) then click Settings > Privacy & Security.

Under ‘Browser Privacy’ click Custom and tick all the boxes. Opposite ‘Cookies’ select ‘All third party cookies’.

Under ‘Cookies and Site Data’ tick ‘Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed’.

Or you can use Cookie AutoDelete.

A very popular extension is WOT Website Security & Privacy Protection, a warning system when using e.g. Google search. I haven’t used it since 2016, you can read why here. For Firefox there’s certainly other extensions that do the same job.

If you use uBlock Origin you can add a Greek Adblock Filter, so if you venture on to any sites in the Greek language you should be pretty much protected against bad ads.

In Firefox (probably similar in Chrome), click on the hamburger icon top right then ‘Add-ons and themes’. This brings up your extensions. On uBlock Origin click the three dots on the right and select ‘Preferences’ then ‘Filter lists’.  Down at the bottom click on ‘+ Regions, languages’, scroll down and tick ‘GRC: Greek Adblock filter’.

While you're there, just above '+ Regions, languages' is '+ Multi-purpose'. Click on that and then tick 'Dan Pollock's hosts file'. It will block known malware sites from opening. Scroll back to top and click ‘Purge all caches’ then ‘Update now’.

I think it’s a little different in Google Chrome but in Firefox you can choose a ‘Theme’ for your browser, such as Savage Black Kitten:

For Google Chrome users: Chrome Web Store

For Microsoft Edge users: Microsoft Edge Extensions

For Firefox users: Firefox Extensions

Edit: typo

« Last Edit: Monday, 27 June, 2022 @ 12:48:01 by Maik »

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Re: Browser extensions
« Reply #1 on: Monday, 27 June, 2022 @ 22:28:37 »
Had a quick look and found a couple more themes that might be of interest to Firefox users, possibly also in Chrome and Edge stores:

Eastern Orthodox

Parthenon by Night