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The best 15 free privacy downloads

Protect your PC with these free apps

Don't leave your PC exposed and vulnerable, protect it instead with these 15 free products that will save you from malicious software and eavesdroppers.

Firefox add-ons

One great thing about Firefox is the large number of add-ons available to improve your browsing experience. The options include plenty of privacy-related add-ons. These three are among the best.

NoScript

The web is built on interactivity, but those wonderful interactive features can be used to attack and damage your PC. JavaScript, plug-ins, Java, and other kinds of scripts and code on websites are hazardous. But here's the problem: if you turn them off completely, you lose some of the nicest things on the web; and if you keep them, you expose yourself to danger.

For Firefox users there's a simple answer: a free extension called NoScript. NoScript lets you turn scripts, plug-ins, and other interactive elements on or off at will, leaving them turned on at some websites and turned off at others. It protects against dangerous cross-site scripting attacks, too.

The extension offers a remarkable amount of control, permitting you to customise which scripts and extensions to allow on a per-site basis. You can also block sites temporarily or permanently on each site.

WOT

This Firefox add-on works in much the same way as the McAfee Site Advisor. WOT rates sites according to their privacy, security, and trustworthiness, from Excellent reputation to Very Poor reputation, and it displays an icon next to the Address Bar indicating how it rates a particular site. As you search, you'll be able to see the icon as well, so that you can decide before visiting a site whether you want to go there.

Secure Login

Little surprise that Secure Login provides a way to log you in to websites securely. It integrates with Firefox's password list- so when you visit a site, you can log in by clicking a button instead of having to type in your user name and password. Beyond that, Secure Login keeps your passwords safe in various ways. It stops any malicious JavaScript code from stealing your password, and it can block other password-stealing attacks, such as cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

  1. Protect your PC with these free apps
  2. Password Protection
  3. Cleaning your traces
  4. Rootkit and malware killers
  5. Browsing privacy and security
  6. Firefox add-ons

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