5 Firefox Browser Extensions for Working from Home

The crippling fear of coronavirus pandemic has swept the globe, and as cases surge day by day, companies across the world are asking their employees to work from home.

However, while working from home sounds fun in theory, it is not as pleasant as it seems. It is not everyone’s cup of tea to be productive from a couch, or in most cases, from the bed

To continue maintaining this balance, you need to take some serious steps. All you need to do is install a few Firefox browser extensions that can make this transition easier and more productive

This article can help you install the best firefox extensions on Mozilla.

So, let’s dive in and help find you the best Firefox browser extension.

Five Firefox Browser Extensions to make WFH easier

1. Stay Protected – Encrypt your online traffic

While working on a PC, it’s natural to want to scour the Internet. This is all fine and good, but sometimes, you may stumble upon a sketchy website. These websites may sell your data to private third parties. But don’t worry! Any simple Firefox VPN addon can help you immensely, especially if you work on public networks.

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A Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts your online traffic and protects you from your internet service provider and other websites you browse from tracking your surfing habits.

2. Stay Productive – Get rid of grammatical errors

Working from home means working in pajamas, but you still have to send in those reports. presentations, or digital docs to work.

The more frequent these send-ins become, the more important it becomes for you to keep your grammar and typos in check. Communications over email, chat systems, and other online channels are drastically increasing as more and more people realize meetings could have been done through email!

Language Tool is a Firefox browser extension that automatically checks for grammar and spelling mistakes, regardless of what you use to write your documents. It finds more errors than a simple spell-check. Moreover, it suggests edits in twenty-five-plus different languages including Russian, Polish, French, Spanish, and English. All of this comes free, making it an amazing deal.

With the additional responsibility of keeping your pets in check,, Firefox understands it gets tough, which is why by using its extension, you don’t have to worry about typos.

3. Stay Productive II – Tab Management

Tabby, my favorite Firefox browser extension, is a very common pattern between most people I work with – they all keep multiple tabs open while working. Chances are, your work too requires you to keep multiple tabs open for spreadsheets, different websites, digital documents, etc. This is where tab organizers like Tabby come into the picture.

This Mozilla addon lets you manage multiple tabs and browser windows seamlessly. You can open, close, pin, move and do a lot of other things on different windows and tabs using this one addon. Moreover, you can save all those tabs and windows for further use too.

If you are overwhelmed by the sheer number of tabs and windows that are active while you are working, Tabby is your ultimate solution. You cannot close these tabs because you might need them later, and searching or opening them again hampers productivity. So instead of letting these tabs overwhelm you, manage them using Tabby.

4. Stay Healthy – Go easy on eyes

Working on a laptop all day, attending online meetings, and then binge-watching Netflix has surely increased your screen time. It doesn’t sound too bad–not until you realize how much of a strain it all puts on your eyes.

Mozilla’s addon Midnight Lizard helps you avoid eye strain. This extension offers an array of predefined color schemes to choose in an effort to help you avoid eye strain. You can choose between light, dark, grayscale, or colorful schemes. These schemes work on every website you browse and do not affect accessibility and readability.

Prolonged screen time causes poor focus, tired eyes, blurred vision, neck strain, heavy lids, and many more harmful symptoms. Not treating them on time can lead to computer vision syndrome. In order to avoid this happening to you, it is vital that you install this addon and look after your health too.

You should also consider changing the quality of the video on Netflix to avoid eye strain.

5. Stay Productive – Time Management

Time management continues to be the number one issue hampering our productivity under such circumstances. During this pandemic, time management comes with its fair share of challenges.

5 Firefox Browser Extensions for Working from Home - deadline stop watchWe are slowly getting around to the fact that working from home requires a certain kind of discipline or you would risk sacrificing your ‘me’ time. To clock in your work, household chores, leisure time, and me time in your schedule, Firefox has a solution for you. Tomato Clock is a firefox addon that helps you stay on task.

It works by breaking down your working session into tomato intervals of twenty-five minutes, separated by breaks. It also lets you take a longer break after you finish four tomato intervals.
The extension also allows you to customize the time lengths. To notify you, it uses the default notification system of Mozilla to send you reminders when your time is up.

Conclusion

This remote approach to work might not be as easy for most people, but the fact is that this pandemic has changed the way we live and work and we need to adapt to these changes if we are to survive in the competitive world.

However, technology would always be there to make seemingly difficult transitions easier for us. One Firefox browser extension can do wonders for you, so I recommend trying out the ones I mentioned! And hey, if you’re feeling a bit charitable, why not help scientists fight COVID-19 with your computer?

 

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