Surfing the internet today can be dangerous. When I write dangerous, I mean malicious code or any type of tracker that strips off users from any remaining privacy. The browser itself would not be enough today to comfortably and safely browse the network resources.
What awaits you when browsing the internet besides standard page content? E.g. annoying ads, malicious scripts, dangerous pieces of code, automatic re-directions, user tracking codes, behavior analysis codes, social network tracking codes, no encryption, incorrect and expired certificates, typos in domain names, cookies, pop-ups, scripts digging the cryptocurrency and malicious files.
I assure you that this is not all. However, the time that you can spend on listing threats is better spent on ways to defend against them.
Below is a list of the most interesting browser add-ons that will help you protect yourself from threats lurking on the web and ensuring privacy.
Don’t overdo it and don’t install them all. You don’t want your browser to die.
Familiarize yourself with their operation and choose the ones you think are the most important for you. Personally, I have the script blocker, ad blocker, and plug-in forcing https connections. Depending on the environment and needs, I also use other plugins from time to time.
HTTPS Everywhere - rewrite all requests from HTTP sites to HTTPS.
HTTPZ - defend against SSL stripping attacks.
I don’t care about cookies - Remove annoying cookie warnings from almost all ‘infected’ websites.
uBlock Origin - popular and efficient ads blocker.
Ghostery - tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.
Cookie-AutoDelete - auto deletes unused cookies from your closed tabs while keeping the ones you want.
Privacy Badger - automatically learns to block invisible trackers that ignore do not track signals.
MinerBlock - focuses on blocking browser-based cryptocurrency miners all over the web.
NoScript - allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
ScriptSafe - simple extension that brings some of NoScript ‘s functionality to Chrome
uMatrix - point & click to forbid/allow any class of requests made by your browser. Use it to block scripts, iframes, ads, facebook, etc.
CSS Exfil Protection - sanitizes and blocks any CSS rules which may be designed to steal data.
VT4Browsers - simplifies the process of scanning Internet resources with VirusTotal.
User Agent Switcher and Manager - spoof websites trying to gather information about your web navigation - like your browser type and operating system.
Random-user-agent - automatically change the user agent after specified period of time to a randomly selected one, thus hiding your real user agent.
Decentraleyes - protects you against tracking through “free”, centralized, content delivery.
Cloud Firewall - block connections to sites, pages and web resources hosted in major cloud services if the user wishes to do so.
ClearURLs - automatically remove tracking elements from URLs.
Neat-URL - neat URL cleans URLs, removing parameters such as Google Analytics’ utm parameters.
Skip Redirect - extract the final url from the intermediary url and goes there straight away if successful.
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials - provides the privacy essentials you need to seamlessly take control of your personal information.
Terms of Service; Didn't Read - is an active project to fix the biggest lie on the web. We help you understand the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies of websites.
The above list is based on the one I created a long time ago on AlternativeTo.net