In-browser security

Make sure your browser is up-to-date and as secure as possible. These tools will help with that.

  • LastPass Password Manager

    LastPass Password Manager

    This robust password manager is a must-use freeware tool that supports multiple operating systems and all five major browsers. You create a master password, and then it uses automatic form filling and one-click log-in to simplify password entry.


    Along with secure password creation, it can share passwords securely, import and export, take secure notes, and backup and restore passwords. Because the data is stored on its encrypted servers, you can access your passwords remotely. The simple interface means that, for most people, it ought to keep your passes safe with a minimum of fuss. Read full review

  • AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2015

    AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2015

    AVG has resurrected LinkScanner as a free standalone plug-in for Firefox and Internet Explorer. The "Search Shield" returns results from both Google and Yahoo with flags next to them. Green flags on Google indicate a result is safe to click through to, while Yahoo's safe results display no flags. This might have been a configuration error, although rebooting the browser didn't change the results. Links that are unsafe on both search engines will return red flags. Unlike competing search results-ranking add-ons, LinkScanner didn't slow down browsing.

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  • Blur (formerly DoNotTrackMe) for Firefox

    Blur (formerly DoNotTrackMe) for Firefox

    This helpful little add-on protects your privacy by blocking tracking ads from following you around the Web. While others do that, too, it also keeps the modern social Web intact so you can still Facebook, Tweet, and Google Plus to your heart's content. It's currently available for all major browsers except Opera. Read full review

  • Adblock Plus for Mozilla Firefox

    Adblock Plus for Mozilla Firefox

    One of the best-known Firefox add-ons, AdBlock Plus effectively blocks online ads from a predefined list of ad providers. You can quickly personalize that list by clicking on the AdBlock Plus "stop sign" button it installs on either your navigation toolbar or your status bar. Adblock Plus runs unobtrusively in the background, and right-clicking an ad brings up a message box, through which you can easily add to the list of blocked ads. Removing an ad from the blocked list also is as simple as clicking and choosing the appropriate option. While similar extensions exist for other browsers, such as Google Chrome and Opera, none has the reputation of this one, which will also work in Thunderbird and SeaMonkey. Read full review

  • WOT (Web of Trust) for Firefox

    WOT (Web of Trust) for Firefox

    Web of Trust is a cross-browser, crowd-sourced solution for evaluating a Web site's danger level. The intuitive warnings are clear and easy to read, and the add-on didn't adversely affect browser performance in our empirical test. Depending on the Web site you visit, the program's icon turns red, yellow, or green to illustrate the danger level. Clicking on the icon displays a chart showcasing Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy, and Child Safety. It works on Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome. Opera and Safari don't directly support it, but there is a bookmarklet that you can use. Read full review

  • NoScript

    NoScript

    This free Firefox extension blocks JavaScript from running without your permission, but NoScript doesn't allow you to stop its own devices. Click the small blue "S" button that NoScript adds to the toolbar to configure it for whitelisting the sites you'll allow to run scripts. You can also set it to partially allow scripts so you can make determinations as you surf. NoScript can even play an audio alert to notify users that scripts had been stopped. NoScript is an excellent way to bully JavaScript, and not the other way around. But be warned: it will disable much of the modern Web.

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