Firefox provides elaborate Privacy protection measures with its built-in preferences. These preferences allow you to control settings to decide how and when you get exposed to the online intruders and you can set these settings as per your convenience and requirements. However, if you want an enhanced protection, you need to some .xpi installation. .xpi files are popularly known as Firefox Addon in common terminology and are a breeze to install. You can check our post on How to install xpi firefox addons.



How to increase online privacy by installing xpi Firefox addons

Check out these Firefox addons, which basically allow you to browse Internet through Proxy Servers, thus hiding your identity and IP address from intruders.


FoxyProxy: Updated May 5, 2008 | 23,741 weekly downloads | 1,316,586 total downloads

A hugely popular Firefox Extension. FoxyProxy is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox’s limited proxying capabilities. This xpi installation allows you to switch an internet connection automatically across one or more proxy servers based on URL patterns. Put simply, FoxyProxy automates the manual process of editing Firefox’s Connection Settings dialog.

This has a feature rich interface but it also adds to its complexity.


PhProxy: Updated April 18, 2008 | 3,795 weekly downloads | 200,802 total downloads

PhProxy acts as a protective screener between the user and the Internet. The PhProxy server downloads the contents of the web page into its memory, and then displays it to the user, which means that only the server’s IP is logged, and not the user’s.


Torbutton: Updated August 13, 2007 | 17,873 weekly downloads | 1,661,118 total downloads

Perfect for those who use one proxy or none at all. In my case this is Privoxy. No need to use FoxyProxy, which is excellent itself but only if one is really using multiple proxies and want to create black/white lists.