Privacy while browsing - some nice tools to have

Thought it might be helpful to have a few nice browser plugins put together.
I am following the debate a bit about the 'Do no track' issue and it has already derailed.
The whole project is now pretty much DOA.

Here are some plugins that might be useful to protect your privacy and might even make
you browse safer as well:

Do Not Track Plus - it's free and seems to be the best privacy blocker so far
Disconnect Me - also protecting your privacy. I lean more towards to the above one though.
No Script - Blocks all java scripts. Great for protection. Whitelist to allow the website you do want
to be able to use java.
Adblock Plus - Great ad blocker. It really cleans up websites from these awful ads. Be a good Goodjer though, and allow them on
our website here. I do that for websites I do like and don't mind them showing me some ads. Easy way to support them.

I keep ads disabled on GWJ, but I donate every year. If you give the site money, I don't think you're under any particular obligation to also view the ads.

NoScript blocks a lot more than Javascript; AFAIK, it also disables Flash, Java, and Silverlight unless you explicitly turn them on by clicking on them. Unfortunately, however, you'll often have to troubleshoot a given site to get it to work, having to go through and try allowing scripts for up to a dozen or so domains.

Many sites, for instance, will have a "nameofsitecdn.com", meaning Content Delivery Network, I believe. It's a way of differentiating from user-supplied and website-supplied content, so that users can protect themselves from each other, while still trusting the main site itself.

I've always assumed that the CDN was safer to allow scripting for than the main site, but it occurs to me now that I could be exactly backwards. Does anyone know that for sure?

Filter nasty stuff at your hosts file: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
Spybot S+D can add some entries onto this too. I've got a file that's just under 1MB, which I've read can cause some issues, but I've never encountered much untowards besides a few occasional sites that mess up.

HTTPS everywhere is an addon that will let you default to using https on any known site that supports it
Referer control, lets you change what referer the browser sends, so sites won't see where you came to their site from, and a few other uses (paywalled newspapers is one I think)

Malor wrote:

Many sites, for instance, will have a "nameofsitecdn.com", meaning Content Delivery Network, I believe. It's a way of differentiating from user-supplied and website-supplied content, so that users can protect themselves from each other, while still trusting the main site itself.

Not quite.

A content delivery network is a collection of servers located around the world. Clients pull data from a server near them which makes it faster, more reliable and above all cheaper as no cross network costs are incurred (forgot the proper term).

It's basically a form of caching.

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Owh and for the list:

Request Policy - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir... - This gives you fine grained control over which domains a website can pull data from. If you use this in combination with NoScript, you don't need AdBlock or anything else.

Doesn't work very well on big media sites because they pull from ~30+ other websites, but then again there isn't much content there either. Do be prepared for some setup time to get some sites working though.