Apps and Add-Ons That Help Keep You Safe Online
Mozilla Firefox – (Windows, macOS, and Linux) Mozilla Firefox is a free, open-source web browser developed and supported by the not-for-profit Mozilla Foundation.
- uBlock Origin – (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge) uBlock Origin a free, open-source web browser extension founded and developed by Raymond Hill. uBlock Origin allows you to set and enforce your own content filtering rules for advertisements and social media ‘trackers’ on the web. Beware of fakes on the Chrome Web Store and the Firefox Add-on website!
- HTTPS Everywhere – (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge) HTTPS Everywhere is a free web browser extension developed by the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that can be used to ensure your connection to websites is encrypted and, therefore, more secure.
- Privacy Badger – (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera) Privacy Badger is a free web browser extension developed by the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that can be used to protect your privacy by blocking tracking cookies that do not respect your browser’s Do Not Track setting.
VLC Media Player – (Windows, macOS, and Linux) VLC is a free, open-source, and virtually universal media player developed and supported by the non-profit VideoLAN Organization. GHC recommends that students and employees try VLC Media Player, rather than downloading dubious ‘codec packs’ for other media players, when attempting to play video and audio from the web.
Windows Defender – (Windows 8 & newer) Windows Defender is an integrated (built-in) anti-virus and anti-spyware software suite included with Microsoft Windows. If you have an expired version of an anti-virus product, you can remove it from your computer and Windows will automatically re-enable Windows Defender.