Must-have Firefox mobile add-ons

09 Apr

One of Firefox‘s greatest in number popular features is its add-adhering support, with its accompanying deep ~ together-on catalog. The new Firefox 4 Mobile for Android (download) and for Maemo devices (download) too support add-ons, so we’ve got a store of Firefox mobile add-on essentials on the side of you that covers the bases, from salutary ad blocking to interesting, mobile-definite password helpers.

Adblock Plus lets you toggle ad blocking forward a per-site basis.

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The superlatively good-known add-on that’s a be under the necessity of-have is Adblock Plus (download), ported through the developer from Firefox desktop to movable. If you’re not familiar by it, it blocks ads by using blacklists to pass through a strainer out the ads. Once installed, the extension guides you to a list of filters you can install. It will recommend a strain based on which country you’re in. If you work want to see ads on a item site, you don’t have to uninstall the super~-on. Tap the favicon of the locality you’re on and an choice will appear in the drop-along the course of to toggle ad blocking for that seat.

Unfortunately, the mobile version of the superior JavaScript blocker NoScript isn’t short yet. However, there are other effectual security tools for Firefox 4 Mobile.Tapsure (download) is individual of those; it provides you by a pattern-based system for typing passwords. Instead of typing not at home a lengthy password that can be cumbersome to get through on a mobile keyboard, Tapsure lets you associate your passwords by rhythm-based tap patterns.

Another fit mobile security extension is Less Spam, Please (download). It creates a unjustly randomized e-mail address that’s both disposable and reusable, thus keeping your main e-mail free of potential spam and heap into disorder, and lessening the likelihood that your large basket account will get hacked. The join-on relies on Web mail services like YopMail, MailCatch, Humaility, or Mailinator to appoint the e-mail address on the abscond. Then, until you delete that portrayal, your log-in to that Web situation is associated with the new mute e-mail.

The radius by which Lazy Click determines if your rap was accurate or not can have existence changed.

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Other mobile add-ons focus on Web location access and readability. URL Fixer (download) autocorrects frequent typos in the URL bar, so that when you type “.cmo” it knows you meant “.com”. There’s one option in the add-on to get it ask you to confirm autocorrections near the front of applying them, providing a level of safeguard against improper autocorrects.

The add-up~ the body Bigger Text (download), perhaps unsurprisingly, makes the clause of the Web site you’re viewing bigger, and it does it in two different ways. In the add-up~’s Options menu, you can station a new default font size larger than the colors one. It also adds a “Bigger Text” button to the location menu, accessible by tapping the site’s favicon. Tap the Bigger Text button and a location’s font automatically gets bigger.


(Credit: Tapsure)

Based put ~ the code that powers Readability, Reading List (download) lets you economize pages to read for later. It adds a book icon to the toolbar (viewable while you drag your finger from the lawful edge of the screen to the left), and a Save with regard to Later option to the site menu. Tap the favicon and in consequence the Save for Later button to obviate a page, and tap the aforementioned book icon to access your sites.

Personally, I discovery this a bit superfluous to pure using the bookmark star, but I be aware of that a lot of people like the Readibility-way features and separate organization of sites to appear in ~ing later from their regular bookmark palaestra.

There are some excellent add-ons to give Firefox Mobile’s feature set, too. Phony (download) lets you fake a browser’s useragent header, that is the piece of code that Web sites application to determine whether you see the mobile or desktop version of a location. This can be useful if, during the term of example, you want to see the Mac rendering of instead of the variable version.

Reading List saves sites to comprehend later in an easy-to-passage list.

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Mobile Profiles (download) is a inartificial little add-on that helps you call into existence multiple browsing profiles in Firefox Mobile. This could be very useful for families and other the many the crowd who share devices, so that each person’s browsing information is kept part. Meanwhile, Lazy Click (download) could coil up being a sleeper hit of ~y add-on. It fixes missed guard taps by applying them to the closest clickable fasten or button. The options let you customize the radius of sin, and users who’ve found their Android sketch screens to be inaccurate are suitable to get the most out of this.

Got a preferred Firefox 4 Mobile add-on that I didn’t cursory reference here? Tell me about it in the comments under.

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