One of the simplest ways to protect yourself and your family on the web, is to set up your browser with some free add-ons that both enhance the speed and the safety of your browsing.
WOT (Web Of Trust) is an add-on that warns you before you click on a website, whether that site is trusted by the online community. They have ratings of more than 27 million sites, and it is constantly updated by members of the WOT community. This is an invaluable tool for "watching your step" when entering unknown territory on the web.
This extension is available for all major browsers.
For more advanced users, we strongly recommend using the "No Scripts" or Script Blocker add-on. Aside from protecting you from scripting attacks of all types, this add-on will prevent most ads and pop-ups automatically. For some websites, you will need to click the "Allow" option, in order for the site to display properly. This slight inconvenience is well worth it.
One of the biggest issues with "kosher" web use is the amount of time that gets wasted online. Web use can easily become addictive and decrease productivity. These add-ons can help:
StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.
This extension is available for Google Chrome.
For Firefox,we recommend trying LeechBlock.
LeechBlock NG is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them.
LeechBlock is also available for Google Chrome.