Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Speeding up your browsing

I have been playing around with a few addons for Firefox and have two I can recommend which will go a long way to speed up and secure your web surfing.

Adblock Plus (also get Adblock Filterset.G Updater). Combined, these two will prevent most ads from cluttering up webpages, meaning they will take less time to load.

Also get BlockSite, with which you can list sites you want to block. I block www.google-analytics.com/* and http://www.facebook.com/beacon/*. Just make sure you turn off Enable Warnings in BlockSite's options, or you will get that annoying yellow bar at the top of your screen.

I find that blocking google-analytics speeds up web page access. I am starting to make a list of other non-essential websites which pages seem to link to on a constant basis....each one adding to their overall load times. Like www.cliqin.com/* (sorry Cardiogirl...your page loads much faster without it :) ).

So, when a web page loads, take a look at all the stuff being accessed (bottom left of your browser usually). Play around with adding these to BlockSite's list. Let me know :)