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4 Cool FireFox Add-Ons You Need


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									Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser still rates as the most popular and widely
used browser for one simple reason: it rides along with every Windows installation.

But in response to security scares over the last few years, another browser took a bite
out of Microsoft's monopoly.

FireFox often represents the browser of choice for those who either dislike Microsoft
(for whatever reason), or want more flexibility and functionality in their browser,
specifically in the area of add-ons (also know as "plugins").

Add-ons (little programs that enhance a web browser's functionality) can trick out
your browser to help you do everything from upload website files to speed dialing
your favorite websites.

The overwhelming majority of add-ons for FireFox come free of charge (though
donations are appreciated). Just log on to http://addons.mozilla.org and check out the
free add-ons you can snag.

Note that once you get to the page, the little programs you can run with FireFox are
under the "extensions" link. Here are a few of our favorites here in my office - just
search for them by name once you log on to the Mozilla site (or use the links below).

** Forecastfox ** "Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and
display it in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive
extension." That's a fancy way of saying you can always know what the weather
reports say just by glancing down at your browser's lower right corner.

This makes very handy tool to keep an eye out for thunderstorms or remind yourself
that a sunny day awaits when you finish up a marathon session on your computer.

** SpeedDial ** Everyone uses bookmarks or "favorites" at one point or another. But
those who use them frequently create a problem for themselves. Every time you want
to log on to your favorite sites, you must wade through dozens, hundreds, even
thousands of links to find what you want.

Enter the "SpeedDial" add-on that helps you organize your most frequently used
websites into a "dashboard" you can customize. You can even organize multiple speed
dial directories around groups of web pages (business resources, shopping sites, etc.).

** FireFTP ** Anyone who owns a website needs the ability to upload files to their
hosting account. You can either install a standalone FTP program, or you can use this
nifty little browser add-on that turns FireFox into a neat little FTP utility.
"FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which
provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers." I really found this add-on helpful
in my own business when it comes to fast access to the files on my websites.

** Download Statusbar ** One annoying feature of Firefox involves the download
window that opens up every time you download a file from the web. This can get in
the way and actually disrupt your activity.

Enter the "Download Statusbar" add-on, which promises "View and manage
downloads from a tidy statusbar - without the download window getting in the way of
your web browsing."

Even though this add-on does make downloading more convenient, make sure to read
the instructions before using it just to make sure you don't get frustrated.

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