Fifteen must-have Firefox add-ons

Firefox 3 can be made even better with free add-ons that integrate directly into the browser and offer loads of useful new features

FireFTP

The FTP file transfer protocol, one of the earlier ways of transferring files on the Internet, has plenty of life in it. Since many ISPs these days limit the size of files you can transfer via e-mail, FTP remains a very effective way of sharing files.

Normally, you shouldn't try using your browser to transfer files via FTP--that's not what browsers are built for. But with FireFTP, you get the best of both worlds with a full FTP client right within Firefox itself. It has plenty of useful features, including the ability to compare directories and subdirectories, keeping directories in sync, and automatically reconnecting and resuming file transfers.

You may become somewhat confused the first time you use the program. Don't expect to type in an FTP location into the Firefox address bar and get FireFTP to work, because it won't. Instead, you have to first open FireFTP by choosing Tools, FireFTP. Then create a new account for each FTP site from a button on the top left-hand side of the screen. After that, it's all straightforward.

Download FireFTP | Price: Free

NoScript

One of the best things about the Web--its interactivity--is also the most dangerous. Tools like JavaScript, Java, and Flash Silverlight make the Web a far more entertaining and useful place. But they can be used in malicious ways as well. You'd like to run only the good interactivity, and leave out the bad. Sounds impossible, doesn't it?

That's exactly what NoScript does: It blocks all JavaScript, Java, and Flash Silverlight scripts by default, and then lets you allow them to be run on safe sites. As you browse the Web, a small icon runs in the bottom right of your screen telling you the status of NoScript. If any scripts are being blocked, you'll be shown details in a bar at the bottom of the page. To customize how scripts should be run on the site, click the icon, and you'll be able to allow scripts through from the site or block them--permanently or temporarily--along with other options.

Download NoScript | Price: Free

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