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Akemi Iwaya

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

Curious about a new distribution of Linux but not wanting to do a full install or use a Live CD/DVD just to try it out? Now you can enjoy all that Linux goodness by running it “Live CD” style inside of VirtualBox.

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Run across an unusual word or need a synonym for a word quickly?  Usually that means opening a browser and doing the appropriate search.  Now you can have all that word power goodness at your fingertips with WordWeb.

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Need a quick and easy way to tell if a website is bad news for you to visit?  With a quick installation, WOT (Web of Trust) provides security and peace of mind while browsing the Internet.

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Want to quickly and easily access your favorite e-mail, social accounts, and websites from your Desktop, Quick Launch, or Start Menu? Now you can with Mozilla Prism.

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Do you need a quick and easy way to store your personal information? With Steganos LockNote, you can encrypt your information and take it with you wherever you go.

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Frustrated with seeing all the new wonderful looking Windows 7 and Linux systems and having no easy way to try them? Now you can enjoy all the new operating system goodness in a virtual environment with VirtualBox. VirtualBox works on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris.

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Needing synchronized bookmarks and Firefox-based goodness wherever you go? Now you can have the best of both built into a single browser with CometBird.

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Want to always have the latest and greatest version of Google Chrome on your computer? Now you can by subscribing to the Early Access Release Channels.

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You just clicked through to a website and realized that it was one you wish you had not visited. Now the website is in your browser’s history (ouch!) and you need to remove it. Here is how you clean up that “little history problem”.

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Feeling adventurous and wanting to try some extensions in Chrome? The Chromium Code developers have three fun and useful extensions that you can add to your installation of Chrome.

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Has your browser been looking a little blah lately? Wishing that you had a large selection of “skins” to choose from? Now you can have it all with Personas.

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Have you ever added a custom about:config entry to your Firefox browser and then wished that you could remove it? Now you can with a simple reset tweak that focuses on singular entries.

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If the new Location-Aware Browsing (a.k.a. Geolocation) feature in Firefox 3.5 makes you worried about your privacy, you can turn the feature off with a simple about:config tweak.

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So you have been enjoying all the goodness of portable Iron Browser, but what about when the newest version is released? Now you can have two methods to quickly and easily update your portable browser.

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Note: Depending on your History retention settings (i.e. retain for 30 days) before resetting Firefox, you will find that your browser’s history for that period has remained intact (very nice!).

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Have you been excited about a new nightly build of Firefox, gotten it set up on your computer, and then found out that you can not install your favourite extensions? Say goodbye to that frustration! With a little tweak to the about:config settings, you can get those extensions installed and working.

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Have you been enjoying all the goodness of portable Firefox, but find updating it to the newest version a problem? Now you can update your portable browser as easily as your regular install of Firefox.

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This article was written by Asian Angel, the newest member of the How-To Geek writing team.

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