Ad Blockers, Password Managers and More

The Internet has brought the world to our classroom. The bad news is that a lot of the accompanying ads are annoying or unsafe.

Passwords are leaked all the time. Using the same password everywhere is no longer safe.

The good news is that there are free browser plugins that can help these problems and more.

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Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus blocks most/all of the ads when you view web pages and YouTube videos. This is especially good in a class setting where there are already plenty of distractions. Blocking ads has the additional benefit of blocking a major path for viruses, malware and other web nasties. Adblock will allow some vetted non-intrusive ads…  learn more

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Bitwarden Password Manager

Bitwarden is a free to use, open source password manager. Unlike most password managers, Bitwarden's free version includes syncing your passwords between all your devices (Windows, Linux, iPhone & Android) with no limits, and supports optional two factor logins. Like most password managers, you can store an unlimited number of items in your vault (logins,…  learn more

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Chrome Web Store

Many of the resources here link to the Firefox version of the add-ons/extensions. To find the Chrome version, go into the Chrome Web Store and search by name for the add-on.  learn more

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Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) is a global organization promoting the responsible use of computer technology. Founded in 1981, CPSR educates policymakers and the public on a wide range of issues, including Privacy & Civil Liberties, Internet Governance, Voting Technology, Computers in the Workplace, and Computers & the Environment. Originally founded by U.S. computer…  learn more

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Firefox Monitor

What to know if your data has been part of an online data breach? Type in your email address here to find out. How widespread is the data breach problem? Our webmaster's main email address has been the victim of 5 data breaches, 3 of which have included the password.  learn more

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Get Safari Extensions

If you use Apple's Safari web browser, here's the instructions for finding and installing extensions like AdBlock Plus.  learn more

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How To Easily Manage Your Passwords with Bitwarden

Arthur Dominguez shows that it's not as tough as most people think to create and manage those unique passwords for every service online. And with Bitwarden, you can manage your passwords for free. This video shows you how to set up a Bitwarden account and how to use it on your browser and cell phone.  learn more

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Internet Society

The primary audience for the Internet Society is "internauts". For computer technology specialists, in particular, some of their activities, posted on the site, are pertinent and easy to access to keep up-to-date on standards, policies and such. This group is sprinkled with international flavors, too. Their main conference, INET, has revolved around educational themes from…  learn more

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Password Strength Test

Want to know how secure your password is? Type it in here. All testing is done within your browser; your passwords remain secure. For a master password, you'll want to use something that is rated Very Secure ("... as secure as Fort Knox. ").  learn more

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To Google Translate

To Google Translate is a fast and handy tool, making Google Translate easily accessible for everyday use. Select a word or text in your browser, right-click and select the To Google Translate option to translate or listen to the text. Simple to use. Look for this or similar translator add-ons for your web browser. Great…  learn more

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Why you need a password manager

This video from Violet Blue and Engadget explains why you need a password manager, how to set one up, and best practices. Two notes on the video: While Bitwarden is a free password manager, it has been review and vetted by multiple security experts and is safe to use. Most security experts feel you no…  learn more

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YouTube High Definition

This Firefox add-on allows you to fine tune how YouTube videos are displayed and played, with options to always (or never) use HD (High Definition), turn off annotations, change video player size, turn off auto-play, set video volume, control embedded videos and more. Look for equivalent add-ons for Chrome and other browsers. Worth checking out.  learn more