There are multiple Internet browser add-ons that can make your web browsing experience more productive and more enjoyable.
Add-ons are programs that are installed into your browser application, which provides additional functionality.
The first Internet browser to introduce is Internet Explorer (IE). IE is one of the most popular web browsers available because it’s native to all Windows Operating Systems.
IE has been negatively criticized by many users and technical websites for security issues, but with careful web browsing and the right add-ons Internet Explorer will get the job done.
In the business world there are many websites that requires the use of Internet Explorer.
This limits us from the functionality that we are used to in other Internet browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome.
For example, in Firefox and Google Chrome if you accidently close one of your Internet browsing tabs you can recover it by going to the History option and clicking on recently closed tabs or a key combination of Ctrl+Shift+T. IE doesn’t offer this option.
Until Microsoft updates IE, the recommended add-on is called Open Last Closed tab. It is a free download from www.download.com. Search “Open Last Closed Tab” download and install and you will be satisfied that your Internet tabs are safe from getting closed accidently.
Since it is the most popular browser, Internet Explorer has had more issues with security than most others. It’s the most popular, therefore, hackers will get the most “bang for their buck” by attacking IE.
The best way to prevent browser security issues to install the add-ons/toolbars that comes free with the antivirus of your choice.
Phishing is the most common problem. What happens is if you misspell a website or click on a link from an email it will take you to a website that looks similar to the one you are used to.
So when you enter your username and password it actually steals your login information.
A good Choice is Norton’s Internet Securities toolbar; all of them will protect you from phishing. However, Norton verifies many popular banking and shopping sites.
One of the best things about Norton is if you see the Antivirus Norton Toolbar display a shield, you know you’re dealing with a site that’s been authenticated by Norton as safe and legitimate.
Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending e-mails that look like they’re from legitimate companies to try to get you to reveal personal information, such as credit-card numbers or online banking passwords.
Another very useful browser add-on is Last Pass. Last Pass is an application and add-on that stores all of your saved passwords, login information, and important notes.
For example, if you are in the automotive industry. You will have a number of parts ordering applications and websites to that require passwords.
Last Pass will securely store all of this information and this will also speed up the process when logging in to your software or websites. You can purchase last pass from www.lastpass.com.
Try out a few for yourself. For Internet Explorer add-ons visit http://www.iegallery.com/PinnedSites.
For Google Chrome add-ons visit https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps.
And for Firefox add-ons visit https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox. There are several thousand add-ons available to choose from.