Power-ups for Firefox: Add-ons bring added security and comfort

One big helper for surfing comfort and speed is provided through an add-on called Adblock Plus. As the name suggests, it eliminates ad banners. During installation, the user can subscribe to filter lists that are then automatically updated to recognize and block new domain addresses used to transport ads. The add-on also appends a "Block" tab onto Java and Flash animations and surfaces. One click and that particular object will never appear again.

NoScript offers added security. It checks the use of the JavaScript and Java programming languages by the browser to prevent viruses or Trojans from sneaking in. Its approach is to ban all scripts from the start, only allowing them if the user gives permission for a given site.