Dropproxy Hides Your Dropbox Username from Public Files

Dropproxy Hides Your Dropbox Username from Public Files


Sharing links from Dropbox is great, but when you do so you’re always throwing your username out there to the public. If that bothers you, Dropproxy is a webapp that hides your Dropbox username and creates a proxy address for sharing with the public.

Dropproxy is simple, just enter in the URL of the Dropbox file you want to share, and Dropproxy shields your username so the person you’re sharing it with can’t access any other public files. You can also share your whole public folder and hide your username as well. Of course, you’re handing over your Dropbox username to Dropproxy, but it doesn’t need a password. If you don’t want to make your Dropbox username public when you share files, this is a simple way to do so.




AdjustYourPrivacy Locks Down Your Entire Internet Life from One Page


If it’s been awhile since you looked at your privacy settings or googled yourself, AdjustYourPrivacy.com collects all the most important privacy settings for multiple services so you can opt out from everything you don’t want—all from one page.

It isn’t the first service of its type, but AdjustYourPrivacy is one of the most complete collections of privacy settings we’ve seen yet. It isn’t so much a service as it is a collection of links to useful places. You can adjust your settings for services like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and other social networks, as well as opt out of people-finding services. It also has links to useful services like previously mentioned AccountKiller and HTTPS Everywhere, so you can really clean up your privacy. Whether you’re looking to clean up a few things here and there orcommit internet suicide completely, it’s a great place to start.





The Best Firefox Extensions and Add-On of 2012

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It’s not a far stretch to say Mozilla owes the success of its Firefox browser to add-ons; Firefox was the first browser to embrace them. Add-ons encompass plug-ins (like Flash, Adobe Reader, and QuickTime) that make existing Web tech work, themes for changing a browser’s look, and, of course, those capability-enhancing programs known as extensions that go beyond a developer’s dreams.



Of course, you could go your entire browsing life without installing an extension—many people do—but without them, Firefox isn’t the Web-surfing powerhouse it can be. Take a look at our choices for the best extensions and try a few out. They’re free, after all. You’ll see just how useful they are.



1. Adblock Plus
What more can we say about an extension that already has more than 14.3 million users? If you hate advertising, you should install this tool and filter the commercials out of your Web surfing. The 2.0 version has an option to let you view the more non-intrusive ads, thus keeping many of us (ahem) in business. And we thank you.



2. Amazon Add To Wish List
Almost everyone has an Amazon wish list. It’s a great way to let people know just what you want for a special occasion. That list is not limited to just items available from Amazon, either; with this extension, anything you can shop for online can be added to your wish list for future shopping. It works with many international versions of Amazon, too.



3. AutoPager
On many websites, you have to slog through page after page to read an entire article. (Yeah, yeah, we know.) If you’re sick of clicking “Next,” try AutoPager. It works with a wide variety of popular sites, turning multi-page articles into one long page, automatically loading the next page when you get to the end so the scrolling never stops.



4. Boo.ly Shopping
If you love bargains, get Boo.ly Shopping. It assists shoppers by popping up as you search or surf major online retailers. Click the Boo.ly tab or links and you’ll see where you can get the items you want for even cheaper.



5. Cleanest Addon Manager
When you’re done reading this article, you’re going to have a lot of Firefox add-ons installed. This extension makes managing them easier by reducing the size of the page and making it a snap to disable or remove those you no longer want.



6. Evernote Clearly
Clearly is a service of Evernote. It takes articles, blog posts, and other webpages that you might be too busy to read and reduces them to just the text you want, distraction-free. You can change the text type and background for optimal readability. Of course, you can then save that same cleaned-up version of the text directly to Evernote for reading later. Read our review of Evernote.



7. Click&Clean
Got nothing to hide, huh? Well, just in case you do, install Click&Clean and you’ll find it’s a breeze to delete your browser history, download history, cookies, and temp files. It’ll make sure that your private data is deleted whenever you close the browser. You can do all of the above and more with one click in the toolbar.



8. Desktop
Why face white space when you open a new tab? Desktop is a “speed-dial” that lets you add widgets, links, and more to a customized layout, providing fast access to your favorite sites and services on the Web. Throw in a customized background to really make it your own.



9. Diigo Toolbar
Diigo is a full-blown online service for social bookmarking, a lot like Delicious used to be. With this toolbar installed, you can get the most out of your surfing, using it to annotate pages, highlight text, and keep your bookmarks stored online.



10. Dormancy
This is an extension clearly labeled “experimental,” just in case it should eat your browsing session. But give it a try, as it will “retire” your unused tabs so you can free up precious memory that is going to waste on your computer due to Firefox’s bad leaks. Just know, you’ve been warned.




Replace Hated Words and Acronyms in Chrome with In My Words

chrome extensions - Replace Hated Words and Acronyms in Chrome with In My Words


Do acronyms such as YOLO, LOL, and OMG drive you crazy? Perhaps you’d rather not see a particular slur in your internet browsing? If you’re a Chrome user the extension In My Words has you covered; it will replace any word or acronym you hate with your preferred word when using Chrome.

Of course there are probably a lot of interesting alternative uses for this extension, especially during this political campaign season. I think I’ll go replace all the candidate last names with names of the dwarves in The Hobbit.


In My Words | Chrome Web Store via MakeUseOf

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How to Block Annoying Political Posts on Facebook

I’m all for intelligent dialog, but if there’s one thing I hate about election season, it’s that some of my friends—god love ’em—can become extremely irritating when politics are involved. If you’re tired of the unintelligent, annoying, I’m-moving-to-Canada posts, here’s how to hide them from your News Feed.

This post isn’t about being oblivious and avoiding politics altogether. Believe it or not, you can still get news without Facebook, and it’s often of much higher quality (go figure). This post is about keeping your sanity over the next two months without unfriending your friends and family altogether.

Step One: Install Social Fixer

How to Block Annoying Political Posts on FacebookTo do this, you’ll need to download the Social Fixer extension for your browser. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an amazing tool thatmakes Facebook infinitely better in oh-so-many ways, including filtering out posts you don’t like. If you don’t already have it, head to the Social Fixer homepage and download it for your browser. Once it’s installed, head to Facebook and choose the “Minimal Installation” option when prompted, so it doesn’t change too much out of the gate.

Step Two: Filter Political Status Updates


Next, head to Social Fixer’s options, which you’ll find in the blue bar at the top of Facebook. Head down to the Filters section in the right sidebar. You can create all sorts of complicated filters, but ours is simple: we just want to hide posts with words pertaining to the election. So, under “Matching Text”, type the following:



Be sure to remember the i at the end of the line, which ensures your filter isn’t case sensitive. When you’re done, check the “Hide” box—which tells Social Fixer to hide posts with those words—and then click Save at the top. You can also add any other words you want, like DNC, RNC, or words relating to specific issues like, say, abortion. Just put a vertical pipe (the | character) in between each term. If you return to Facebook, you should see those political posts are missing, which means Social Fixer has done its job.

Step Three: Filter Political Links


That will filter out any status updates, but it won’t work for pictures and links. You can’t filter out political images, unfortunately, but you can filter out links with a slightly more complicated filter. Head back to Social Fixer’s options and click “Add New Filter”, putting the following text in the “Matching Selector” box:



Again, add any other words you want, separated by a vertical pipe, and check the Hide box. This will filter out any links that contain those words in the URL. So, it won’t remove every political link you might come across, but it’ll handle the majority. Click Save and return to Facebook.

Obviously, you’ll want to tweak each of these filters to fit your specific friends and pet peeves. But, when you’re done, hopefully you can reload Facebook to find a less annoying, less politically-charged News Feed. If you want to do this same thing on other sites—like Twitter or YouTube—check out our guide to avoiding rumors and spoliers online. Most of those rules should apply to political annoyances, too.