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The 15 best Firefox 3.0 add-ons

Downloads to improve your browsing experience

Improve your experience with Firefox by downloading these 15 terrific add-ons that make many routine tasks easier and increase the browser's power many times over.

As web browsers go, Mozilla's Firefox 3.0 which was released earlier this year, is viewed as one of the best by a huge number of web surfers. However, with the help of some free add-ons that integrate directly into the browser and offer loads of useful new features, you can further improve your browsing experience.

We've rounded-up the 15 best add-ons that will help you increase your security and privacy, synchronise bookmarks and even juice up Google.

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchroniser

If you use Firefox on more than one PC, you most likely spend a lot of time trying to keep their bookmarks in synch, or else you've simply given up the attempt. Otherwise, every time you add, delete, or edit bookmarks on one PC, you have to remember to make the same changes on the others. Not a pretty picture.

The Foxmarks Bookmark Synchroniser solves the problem. Install this tool on each of your PCs, and then, with a click or two, you can synchronise any changes. In fact, you don't even need to click because you can set the program to synchronise automatically.

The utility offers other benefits as well. Your bookmarks are automatically backed up to a server, so if for some reason you lose them on your PCs, you can always restore them. You can also log into the Foxmarks Bookmark Synchroniser website and edit your bookmarks directly there. In addition, if you're using someone else's PC, you can use your bookmarks straight from the Foxmarks server.

Secure Login

If you often log into websites and forget or lose your password, Secure Login will be a great time-saver. It directly integrates with Firefox's password manager, and will log you into any website without you having to remember or look up the password. When you're on a page that requires a login, simply click the icon. Better yet, use a hotkey combination to log in faster.

The program also helps keep you safe online - it prevents hackers from stealing your passwords by halting malicious JavaScript code. It also protects against other password dangers, such as cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

BugMeNot

Registering with a website often means making a deal with the devil. You give the site information such as your name, email address, and potentially more private data such as your mailing address, phone number, and age. But what happens with that information? You may be inundated by spam, your name may be sold to mailing lists and advertisers, and possibly worse. But for many websites, if you don't register, you can't log in and use the site.

This add-on solves the problem. Go to a website, right-click in the username or password field, and select BugMeNot. A valid username and password will then be entered into the form. You can then use the site without having to register. The add-on works in concert with the BugMeNot website, which has many usernames and passwords for multiple sites.

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