Recommended Security Extensions?



  • I have uBlock Origin and IP Whois & Flags Chrome & Websites Rating. Can anyone recommend any more security extensions?



  • @Davivaldi
    uMatrix. Also by gorhill (uBlock Origin).
    Reason? Only if you ask.



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  • @dLeon
    I switched from uMatrix to uBlock Origin recently so I am asking.

    @Davivaldi
    As for security I don't like using a lot of extensions because in my opinion they can be a security/privacy risk in themselves.
    Only use uBlock Origin.



  • @CantankRus
    uMatrix more less a network blocker. It blocks before the stream come at you. Hence it only use hosts file subscription. Unlike ads blocker (whatever it is) which scan the stream/page on real time. Yes I know, uBlock0 also support hosts file subscription.

    In sense of resource use, uMatrix will far more smaller. Security is its extra.
    uBlock0 is low resource, but scanning a big page is resource incentive. Especially if you subscript to big list with sophisticated regex.

    uMatrix allow me to tailor what's in/out ala NoScripts. With far low resource plus supported in all major browsers (which I use). You wold be surprise how much you could block while keep that site working.
    Good example is OneDrive. The site load an army or scripts, plugins, XHR, images, frames & others from all microsoft services not yet count from facebook, google/youtube, & twitter. Meanwhile, the site it self only need a few to actually working. uMatrix block all the junks before their cache ever touch your system. Ads blocker (whatever it is) with subscriptions doesn't block them, they're legit stream.

    Nevertheless, I use both. I only use uBlock0 with self build block. I don't really bother about ads and respect the webmaster if they want a bit of revenue, as long that ads didn't track.

    Darn it. I end up talking. :laughing:
    Fanboy spotted. :scream:



  • Other than uBO, I use HTTPS Everywhere, so sites can stay encrypted. That's about it.



  • @dLeon
    Using uBlock Origin in advanced mode I find it fairly similar to umatrix with the ability to block/allow per site or globally.
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    Switched because uBlock Origin seems to be updated more regularly.
    Difference is when uBlock Origin blocks a site on a third party filter list it gives you an option.
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  • @dLeon said in Recommended Security Extensions?:

    @Davivaldi
    uMatrix. Also by gorhill (uBlock Origin).
    Reason? Only if you ask.

    OK thanks.



  • I think I should be OK with the extensions I've got. It would be nice if Vivaldi had a built in adblocker one day or at least its own extensions. I've always been a bit wary of Chrome extensions.


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    Security extensions can do more than block trackers and reinforce HTTPS.
    Sift through my old post (now mangled since the forum updates) https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/382/browser-plugins
    There are some on my blog (needs updating)
    https://vivaldi.net/userblogs/entry/security

    I recommend you get the VirusTotal extension, so you can scan files before downloading them.
    https://www.virustotal.com/en/documentation/browser-extensions/google-chrome

    Web of Trust can be used without creating an account, so the recent privacy issue can be avoided
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wot-web-of-trust-website/bhmmomiinigofkjcapegjjndpbikblnp

    If you want an alternative, try http://www.webutation.net

    Something to show what country the site is being served from, Whois, and reverse lookups is also good. I use the MyIP extension in Chromium
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ip-whois-flags-chrome-web/kmdfbacgombndnllogoijhnggalgmkon

    A redirect bypasser of some sort will help avoid launchpad URLs used for tracking and let you see the real address behind shortened ones.
    I use an Opera extension "Redirect Bypasser"
    http://moisesplima.blogspot.com/2015/10/redirect-bypasser.html
    To install Opera extensions, you must either rename the file-extension, or unpack it. Then it can be installed by enabling the developer mode in the Vivaldi extensions page.

    Others are available in the Chrome store but tend to be limited to certain sites or link styles.



  • @Dr.Flay
    You can use WOT without installing extensions
    Create search: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/%s
    nickname (say): wo

    For site whois & another interesting info, I prefer ScamAdviser
    Search: https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/%s
    nickname (say): scama

    VirusTotal scan URL
    Search: https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/submission/?force=1&url=%s
    nickname (say): vt

    I like redirect-bypasser, I don't know you could do that with Opera ext.
    Thanks for that info.



  • @dLeon said in Recommended Security Extensions?:

    @Dr.Flay
    You can use WOT without installing extensions
    Create search: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/%s
    nickname (say): wo

    For site whois & another interesting info, I prefer ScamAdviser
    Search: https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/%s
    nickname (say): scama

    VirusTotal scan URL
    Search: https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/submission/?force=1&url=%s
    nickname (say): vt

    I like redirect-bypasser, I don't know you could do that with Opera ext.
    Thanks for that info.

    Avira Browser Safety provides similar functionality to WoT, but I have not used it extensively enough to vouch for it.

    Privacy Badger, on the other hand, I have used quite a lot, and it has never once broken any of the pages I have visited. As for whether it's preventing Google from spying on me? I'm not sure. :-/



  • @purgatori

    Privacy Badger

    There's Privacy Badger, there's also EasyPrivacy blocker subscription. I still in the middle of the road, thinking, what the best approach here. Using them both obviously redundant.

    Preventing might be the hardest work, because we (as user) don't own internet.
    What still possible is make it harder for them to use data to pin point to figure it's really you.



  • @dLeon said in Recommended Security Extensions?:

    @purgatori

    Privacy Badger

    There's Privacy Badger, there's also EasyPrivacy blocker subscription. I still in the middle of the road, thinking, what the best approach here. Using them both obviously redundant.

    Preventing might be the hardest work, because we (as user) don't own internet.
    What still possible is make it harder for them to use data to pin point to figure it's really you.

    Achieving complete privacy on the internet is either impossible, or at least very difficult, as you say. There are so many ways to track web users, from Javascript, to cookies, to IP's, to user agent strings, and even monitor specifications, that one ends up needing to employ multiple different technologies (some of which can be quite complicated to use effectively) in order to shield oneself from prying eyes. And this is even before considering how tracking is built in to some of the useful functions of the websites and products we use, and how disabling or blocking tracking often results in breakage.

    Like you, I kinda take a middle-of-the-road approach. I do a lot things which certainly make me a more elusive target, but I'm not completely off-the-grid in a bunker somewhere hosting everything on a private intranet. Faced with two absolutes (zero privacy vs. absolute privacy) a lot of people throw up their hands and say, 'well, it's impossible to be completely private on the web, so why bother.' I liken this to the person who empties their pockets out in the middle of the street and invites the thieves to have at it because they know that they cannot walk the streets without running some risk of being mugged or fleeced, vs. the person who refuses to traverse the streets unless they can do so in an Abrams tank. Most people, of course, don't opt for either of these extremes, and instead decide to take prudent steps to minimize the more-or-less unavoidable risks one faces in a given situation.

    The choice doesn't have to be between 'rube' and 'recluse.' ;)



  • @D0J0P said in Recommended Security Extensions?:

    I use HTTPS Everywhere

    How much ram use in your vivaldi?
    I disabled as it took 150mb on viv x64.
    However, usually only use UblockO.



  • @Hadden89 It takes almost 100mb of RAM in my browser. Which is probably why it should be a native feature. It's crucial to be safe and secure on the web.


  • Vivaldi Translator

    @dLeon Yes you can use almost any lookup service as a search engine, but it is a linear way to do it.
    Using a site reputation extension shows all the links in a page or search result, without you having to leave the page you are on, or wade through each link manually 1 at a time.

    The Virus total site cannot look behind many obfuscated links, so having a "Scan this file" option in the download save box, means it can capture the real location of the file.

    @purgatori Yes Avira browser extension does work like WOT, but there is no user feedback to see why a site may be rated good or bad.
    Avira uses Yandex for site reputations, and Yandex Virus scans its indexed sites, so most of the "bad" sites have malware not "bad opinions" or adult material.
    WOT has a flexibility the others lack, but voting is easily abused (which is why user comments are important).
    In Firefox I use https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/safe-preview/

    There are alternatives to HTTPS Everywhere. Try KB SSL Enforcer (Chrome)
    https://github.com/kbitdk/kbsslenforcer

    Here is another useful extension that will make you unhappy almost everywhere you visit (yes it can be done with a search).
    DNSSEC Validation (Chrome, Opera, Firefox, IE)
    https://www.dnssec-validator.cz
    You must have a DNSSEC resolver set as your DNS.
    You can either use DNSBenchmark to find your fastest/closest DNS with DNSSEC
    https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm
    or install DNSCrypt and pick the closest DNS to you that shows "DNSSEC enabled" and "No-logging"
    https://dnscrypt.org
    (Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, Routers with custom ROM ability)



  • @purgatori Yes Avira browser extension does work like WOT, but there is no user feedback to see why a site may be rated good or bad.
    Avira uses Yandex for site reputations, and Yandex Virus scans its indexed sites, so most of the "bad" sites have malware not "bad opinions" or adult material.

    That sounds like a good thing to me. I don't need to be protected from "bad" opinions, nor do I trust someone else (or even a group consensus) to judge what constitutes a bad opinion in the first place. In fact, my ad-blocker of choice (Adguard) used to use WOT to determine which sites to block, and I noticed that a lot of the sites I had to manually whitelist were not in violation of anything other than popular sentiment.



  • I use Adguard Adblocker and Ghostery. For YouTube I use both "Adblock for Youtube" and "AdBlockPro" - Adblocker for Facebook & Youtube. As for security Avast Free and Malwarebytes. Spyware Blaster and CryptoPrevent are also good additions.


  • Vivaldi Translator

    @purgatori I agree with your sentiment, but "trust" covers a few other situations, such as "Is this site legal ?" "Is this site fake and a trap ?"

    BTW. Using the Avira extension with Avira browser should detect known malware in sites/pages that have not yet been scanned by Avira or Yandex. It also has a tracker-blocking feature.
    This is also a feature of using Aviras' own Chromium build "Scout browser", which is worth recommending to Chrome users that don't want the Vivaldi experience.

    Worth noting is the Bitdefender extension which offers similar features and is also backed by an AV of the same quality
    https://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/trafficlight.html

    @Para-Noid I guess you live up to your name.
    I am told that Ghostery on its own should block the Youtube adverts. Personally I use "Media Player Classic - BE" or VLC to play anything from there.
    Youtube enhancers often include the ability to block ads
    https://www.mrfdev.com/enhancer-for-youtube

    If you use Facebook with FBPurity or Social Fixer the adverts should also be removed with many other items.
    http://www.fbpurity.com
    http://socialfixer.com


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