Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Firefox extensions-Speed Up and add anonymity

If you are still using Internet Explorer and have not tried any other alternative browsers, then please get Mozilla Firefox today. It is more secure than IE, it is fast and I have been very pleased with firefox.

Mozilla Firefox is a light but feature packed browser built on the Gecko core. It is very fast, free, and accurately renders pages. It has a built in Google Search, pop-up blocker, tabbed browsing, and many firefox extensions , themes, and skins to make it your best browsing experience.

Add Anonymity to your browser

For your privacy you may want to surf the web anonymously and the easiest and cheapest way to do this is by using swithproxy in mozilla firefox.

Download switchproxy for firefox and once installed restart the browser and you will see a tool bar where you can turn on and off the proxy.

You will need to add anonymous proxy servers to your proxy list.You can get a list of anonymous proxy servers at the steganos site.
Save the list as a text file and go to your fire fox proxy tool bar (options, preferences, manage proxies) to add this list of servers. Set the time interval to switch and you are good to go.

To see what your current IP address is checkout the site:

To test the anonymity of a proxy server search for anonymous proxy server test software. Some websites have server addresses that have been recently tested so you can get your list of servers there.


Speed Up Fire fox has a guide on speeding up firefox for broadband users. basically after getting to the hidden config settings you set the browser to request more data that it usually does.

1.Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit enter and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining network.http.proxy.pipelining network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Change the entries as follows:

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0”. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

If you are on a broadband connection you will load pages faster now that you have made these changes.

Other software links are here:


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