Firefox Extensions – My Picks

Firefox Extensions

Mozilla Firefox is a popular, extensible, open source (mostly) web browser that is highly configurable and easy to use. Somewhat bare out of the box however, its functionality is easily extended with add-ons (or ‘extensions’ if you prefer), of which there are many thousands.

Beware

With so many “free” add-ons, the casual user might be tempted to install lots of them, however i would highly recommend installing only those you really like or need since the potential to break things and compromise browser security and your privacy increases with every add-on installed.

Another problem is unethical developers who may include unwanted and unnecessary functionality that is not relevant to the primary purpose of the add-on. Often this results in data collection, tracking your web activities or worse, all of which i define as malware. The problem of malware in Mozilla’s add-on repository (AMO) has grown exponentially with the company’s move to the WebExtension API which makes it easy for unethical developers who have infected the Google Chrome Store to port their garbage to Firefox. Although the WebExtension API is greatly limited in its capabilities as opposed to the older XUL extensions, user tracking and advertising are permitted and, on occasion, far more dangerous add-ons escape detection. As such, i would strongly recommend observing the following precautions before installing or updating add-ons:

  • Be very wary of any tool-bar add-on. Many/most of these, but not all, contain 3rd party spyware/malware components for monetization purposes.
  • If an add-on has a privacy policy, read it. Some privacy policies are fine but many are clearly worrying.
  • Read the add-on permissions. The Mozilla add-on website lists the permissions that add-ons require, though there seems to be major problems at this time in that all permissions used by an add-on may not be listed, or permissions which the add-on does not use may be listed, so don’t trust this completely. That said, look for permissions that seem unnecessary given the described functionality of the add-on.
  • Don’t install freshly released add-ons. Mozilla uses an automated system to evaluate add-ons and, as of this writing, it is deeply flawed, so wait a while until others have had a chance to flag it as abusive or review it. If the add-on quickly disappears, be thankful you didn’t install it.
  • Read the user reviews. Always read the user reviews to see how well an add-on is liked and be wary if it is rated at 3 stars or less, or not rated at all, or was reviewed by only a few people. Sometimes the developer of the add-on will be the first to “review” it, giving it 5 stars. Regardless of the rating however, always check the comments of the people that gave it the lowest rating to see if their gripes seem legitimate. Many highly rated add-ons that have been installed by 10’s of thousands of people contain malware.
  • Check the developers profile. Always check to see what other add-ons the developer has created and how those are rated. Be wary when the developer is named as a company and not an individual, or when a developer uses an anonymous name which is displayed as “Firefox user” with a random string of numbers after ‘user’.
  • Visit the developers website. See what kind of content is on the developers website if they link to one. Look for marketing hype and be wary of dot com domains.
  • Is the source code published? Be very wary of developers that attempt to hide their add-on source code. Most ethical developers will publish their source code on platforms like GitLab or GitHib where users can get support and submit feature requests. If the source code is not published, you can still view it by decompressing the add-on or by using the excellent Extension source viewer add-on, though you will need to have an understanding of JavaScript at the very least.
  • Check the license. Be wary of any developer who licenses their add-on using a restrictive license, such as ‘All Rights Reserved’. Most ethical developers will use a liberal, open source license, such as the General Public License (GPL).
  • Does the developer list a website and support links? Be wary of any developer that lists neither a website nor a support link. No developer should make it difficult or impossible to contact them or submit bug reports.
  • Be wary of very popular add-ons. Many developers of hugely popular add-ons have been contacted by shady 3rd parties wanting to buy their add-on or make a deal with the developer. Adblock Plus by Eyeo GmbH (Wladimir Palant), which currently lists over 11 million users, is a glaring example where a developer created a hugely popular ad blocking extension which allows ads by default. Giorgio Maone, the developer of the very popular NoScript add-on, engaged in similar chicanery a while back.
  • Keep your add-ons updated, but do not allow automatic updates. Before updating an add-on, read the version history to see what was changed and revisit its page on AMO. You should also re-read the privacy policy to make sure it hasn’t changed. The problem with automatic add-on updates is that a developer may decide to monetize their work at any time and without any warning, or sell their extension to an unethical party such as the developer for Stylish apparently did. Ingo Wennemaring, who developed the once popular All-in-One Sidebar add-on, warned about this in a blog post:

It was always very important for me to be honest and fair to the users. I had very good offers to sell the extension, but I didn’t want to see that AiOS turn into adware or spyware.

My favorite Firefox add-ons

There are a few very popular add-ons that are absent here, including NoScript, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, storage cleaners like Cookie AutoDelete, etc.. While this may seem odd to some, the functionality offered by these extensions is largely covered by uBlock Origin and uMatrix as well as built-in Firefox preferences. See my Firefox Configuration Guide for Privacy Freaks and Performance Buffs for more information.

Regarding the Adobe Flash Player, i do not suggest installing the Flash plugin since you can watch virtually all videos without it and therefore you need not worry about the security and privacy risks associated with Flash. If you have trouble watching the odd video without Flash, try the EmbedUpdater add-on.

Privacy and security related add-ons

NameDescriptionNotes/Caveats

CanvasBlocker by kkapsner

CanvasBlocker blocks or fakes ‘canvas’ which is a JavaScript API that is used to draw graphics on-the-fly. Canvas poses a substantial threat to privacy in that it can be used to fingerprint the browser.The author recommends setting the canvas blocking method to ‘fake readout API’ which may seem counterintuitive because this will practically ensure that the browser fingerprint signature is unique, however the signature will change every time canvas is used, so i guess the recommended setting makes sense, especially if you don’t want to be bothered with whitelisting domains if/when something breaks.

ClearURLs by Kevin R.

ClearURLs replaces Neat URL as my preferred link cleaner. ClearURLs removes many tracking parameters from links you click, such as the Google utm_* garbage which is used to track where you go on the web. Unlike all of the other link cleaners i’ve seen and used, ClearURLs doesn’t include a static list of parameters, nor does it have any options or whitelist that you need to mess with. This neat little extension pulls a file from the developers GitLab repository which negates having to update the extension when there’s a change to the list of parameters. Though i was sure i was going to miss the ability to whitelist certain domains, i have yet to see anything break because of this extension.

CSS Exfil Protection by Mike Gualtieri

CSS Exfil Protection prevents a certain CSS exploit that can be used to steal data from webpages.Could potentially break some websites, though it is easy to disable the add-on in two clicks.

Decentraleyes by Thomas Rientjes

Decentraleyes is a privacy enhancing add-on that has the additional benefit of decreasing the load time for many websites which depend on 3rd party Content Delivery Networks (CDN) for various functionality. It accomplishes this by storing and loading several common JavaScript resources locally instead of having to fetch them from the web server.Could potentially break some websites, though it is easy to white-list affected domains.

Don’t touch my tabs! by Jeroen Swen

Don’t touch my tabs! is a simple install-it-and-forget-it add-on that stops a new tab from modifying the content of the previous tab from which you opened the new one.

Extension source viewer by Rob W

Extension source viewer is a handy and well thought out utility to quickly view the source code of a Firefox extension on the Mozilla add-ons website without having to download and unpack it manually. The extension has the ability to search the contents of the files in the source code by prefixing the search with ‘!‘.For advanced users.

Header Editor by 泷涯, 道滿

Header Editor can manipulate the browsers HTTP request and response headers. Using this tool provides many options regarding privacy, redirects and more. See the end of this article for some usage examples.For advanced users.

HTTPZ by claustromaniac

HTTPZ is a very simple install-it-and-forget-it add-on that attempts to redirect all all HTTP (insecure) traffic to HTTPS (secure). It has no toolbar button and no configuration options. It just works.

Privacy Oriented Origin Policy by claustromaniac

Privacy Oriented Origin Policy (POOP) helps protect your privacy by preventing Firefox from sending Origin headers, though how it works is configurable.For advanced users. May break some websites, though it is easily disabled and sites can be whitelisted. There is a lengthy discussion about what led to the development of this add-on on GitHub if you’re interested.

Project Insight by em_te

Project Insight displays the permissions for all your add-ons including what domains they have permission to access.

ReFont by QWERTYUIOPYOZO

ReFont makes it easy to change the fonts used by websites. You can set a default global font and if something doesn’t display to your liking on a particular website, you can allow the website to use the font it specifies or any other of your choosing.May break how a website is displayed, however this is easily corrected.

Skip Redirect by Sebastian Blask

Redirects sometimes happen when you click on a hyperlink expecting to go directly to the destination and, instead, your request is passed through an intermediary. Redirects are often used to track your browsing history or display ads before you are forwarded to the target domain. Skip Redirect simply tries to bypass this annoying behavior. I would suggest keeping the notification enabled when Skip Redirect does its thing as this makes it easy to troubleshoot a problem.May break the functionality of some websites in which case they can be added to a whitelist.

uBlock Origin by Raymond Hill

uBlock Origin is a superior content filter (or firewall, if you like) that can replace several other content/ad blockers including Adblock Plus/Edge, NoScript, Policeman and several others. It is capable of using the same filter lists as Adblock Plus/Edge as well as many more that they cannot. Two of the most welcome differences with uBlock Origin is that it does not slow page loading to any noticeable degree and it uses less memory then the Adblock derivatives. Another major advantage is that it can block both 1st and 3rd party requests for images, scripts and frames. See my Firefox Configuration Guide for Privacy Freaks and Performance Buffs article for more information regarding uBlock Origin. Lastly, note that there are two versions of uBlock; uBlock and uBlock Origin. You absolutely need to use the latter which is written by the original developer, Raymond Hill.As with any content filtering extension, uBlock Origin has the potential to break website functionality until it is configured correctly.

uMatrix by Raymond Hill

uMatrix is another very powerful content blocker by Raymond Hill and though it is similar to uBlock Origin, it offers more granular control over blocking various resources including cookies, CSS, images, plug-ins, scripts, XHR, frames and more. You can use uMatrix and uBlock Origin together. See my guide, Firefox Configuration Guide for Privacy Freaks and Performance Buffs, for information on how to properly configure them to get the most out of each one.As with any content filtering extension, uMatrix has the potential to break website functionality until it is configured correctly.

Add-ons providing additional functionality

NameDescriptionNotes/Caveats

Dark Background and Light Text by Mikhail Khvoinitsky

Dark Background and Light Text replaces Dark Reader as my preferred add-on for darkening the entire internet. These ‘darkify’ add-ons, of which there are many, change the colors used by all websites to a darker theme and this one seems to be the best of them.All of these dark theme add-ons fail miserably in at least some cases and this one is no exception, however it offers a few different styling methods that can be assigned to specific websites where the default method fails.

Disable Tab Detach by Matt Hensma

Disable Tab Detach simply prevents moving a tab to a new Firefox window if you accidentally drag it downward from the tab bar. I find this behavior incredibly annoying and the lack of a built-in Firefox option to disable it just as annoying. Disable Tab Detach is kind of hacky, but it gets the job done.

Exif Viewer by Alan Raskin

Exif Viewer allows you to view the EXIF metadata stored in many JPEG images, including the camera and exposure info and, when available, the GPS location of the image.

Flagfox by Dave G

Flagfox is a neat utility that adds an icon to the address bar which represents the flag of the country in which the web server is located. When the icon is right-clicked, a context menu is revealed with many more tools, such as a WHOIS lookup, URL shortening services and more. You can also add your own services.If you choose to display the menu icons, they are not stored locally and have to be fetched the first time you open the menu.

Link Text and Location Copier by William Groenendijk

Link Text and Location Copier allows to copy formatted text and a link for a webpage in various ways, plus you can add your own formats. What i really like about it, besides its customization features, is that can paste as Rich Text, meaning you can paste, for example, the title of a page and its link directly into the visual WordPress editor.

Search by Image by Armin Sebastian

Search by Image is for conducting reverse image searches which can be really handy for certain kinds of research when you need to authenticate an image, or if you just want to find the largest or oldest versions (TinEye).

Stylus by Armin Sebastian

Stylus is used to write, store and apply custom CSS styles to websites, or even the entire web if you wish. Though this is also possible with user scripts, such as for Violentmonkey or Greasemonkey, working with Stylus is much easier. Note: do not use Stylish, a similar add-on.

Tab Notes by Wildsky

Tab Notes is a minimalist add-on that enables you to store text which is displayed on every new tab you open. You edit the text right on the new tab page and changes are saved automatically. It ships with both a dark and light theme. I find this simple utility incredibly handy.

View Page Archive & Cache by Armin Sebastian

View Page Archive & Cache makes it easy to find archived version of webpages. It is fairly configurable, though it does not have an option to add your own archive resources, nor does it have an option to send a webpage to an archive, however i find the latter unnecessary since the archive sites i use allow you archive a page if one isn’t isn’t found.

Violentmonkey by Gerald

Violentmonkey is for running user created scripts which are typically used to change how a website functions or looks. Some of the most popular scripts allow you to download videos from sites like YouTube, or enhance the functionality of sites like Facebook and Google. For a selection of scripts that i personally find useful, see the bottom of this page. Violentmonkey seems to be a better alternative to Greasemonkey or Tampermonkey as far as respecting user privacy.Installing user scripts is a security and stability risk. While this holds true for extensions as well, scripts are generally not scrutinized to the degree that extensions are when download from Mozilla. Be sure to examine the code and read the feedback from others, as well as the history of the developer, before installing scripts.

Header Editor code examples

There’s many things you can do with the Header Editor extension. You can give whatever name you want to your filters. Personally i like to prefix them with a tag that indicates the scope of the filter so i know, for example, whether it affects a particular domain or the entire web.

ETag Removal

In this first example, we can empty the ETag HTTP header in order to help prevent browser tracking.

  • Name: [global] ETag Removal
  • Rule type: Modify the response header
  • Match type: All
  • Execute type: Customfunction
  • In the Code box, paste the following:
for (const a in val) {
    if (val[a].name.toLowerCase() === 'etag') { val[a].value = ''; }
}

The above code is courtesy of the ‘ghacks‘ fellas.

X-Forwarded-For

The X-Forwarded-For header can be used by the web server to obtain your IP address through a proxy and is therefore a privacy risk.

  • Name: [global] X-Forward-For Removal
  • Rule type: Modify the response header
  • Match type: All
  • Execute type: Normal
  • Header name: x-forward-for

YouTube to snopyta.org redirect

You can redirect YouTube links on a more granular level with the examples following this one, or you can redirect all types of YouTube video links as in this example which redirects regular (youtube.com\watch?v=), embeded (youtube.com/embed/) and shortened (youtu.be) URLs to the Invidious service at snopyta.org which acts as a front-end for YouTube:

  • Name: [global] YouTube to snopyta.org redirect
  • Rule type: Redirect request
  • Match type: Regular expression
  • Match rule: https?:\/\/(?:www\.)?youtu(?:be\.com\/(?:watch\?v=|embed\/)?|\.be\/)([a-zA-Z0-9-_]*)
  • Execute type: Normal
  • Redirect: https://invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=$1

YouTube ‘nocookie’ redirect

This will load 3rd party embedded YouTube videos using the youtube-nocookie.com domain which prevents YouTube from storing some extra data in the browser.

  • Name: [global] embedded YouTube to youtube-nocookie.com
  • Rule type: Redirect request
  • Match type: Regular expression
  • Match rule: https?:\/\/(?:www.)?youtube.com\/embed\/(.+)
  • Execute type: Normal
  • Redirect: https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/$1

YouTube to embedded redirect

This will redirect all YouTube video links, including youtu.be shortened links, to youtube-nocookie/embed, even on the YouTube website.

  • Name: [global] YouTube to youtube-nocookie/embed
  • Rule type: Redirect request
  • Match type: Regular expression
  • Match rule: https:\/\/(?:www\.)(?:youtube\.com\/watch\?v=|youtu\.be)([a-zA-Z0-9]*)
  • Execute type: Normal
  • Redirect: https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/$1

‘youtu.be’ redirect

This will redirect shortened YouTube video links (youtu.be) to youtube.com.

  • Name: [global] bypass youtu.be redirects
  • Rule type: Redirect request
  • Match type: Regular expression
  • Match rule: https?:\/\/youtu.be\/([a-zA-Z0-9]*)
  • Execute type: Normal
  • Redirect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=$1

LiveLeak safe mode

Disable safe mode for LiveLeak video links.

  • Name: [liveleak.com] disable safe mode
  • Rule type: Redirect request
  • Match type: Regular expression
  • Match rule: https?:\/\/www\.liveleak\.com\/view\?i=(.+?)(?!&safe_mode=off)*$
  • Execute type: Normal
  • Redirect: https://www.liveleak.com/view\?i=$1&safe_mode=off

Useful Violentmonkey/Greasemonkey scripts

ViewTube – One of the better scripts for dealing with YouTube stupidity, this script prevents auto-play and allows you to view videos in a variety of formats, including HTML5 or by using an external player such as VLC. ViewTube also makes it easy to download video files in all of the various formats and levels of quality it can detect. ViewTube works with many video sharing sites other than YouTube and can be extended to work with even more using the ViewTube+ add-on which you can download from the home page.

In the privacy department, there are a few scripts written by members of the ghacksuserjs project which offers a security and privacy-centric user.js template to make Firefox and websites respect your privacy. Currently these scripts include Conceal history.length, Conceal window.name and Clear window.opener, all of which can be found in the User Scripts section of their wiki. Note that the Conceal window.name script breaks [that idiotically stupid, annoying and time wasting] Google reCAPTCHA image verification thing as of this writing (11/29/18). To add these scripts to Greasemonkey, open about:addons in your browser and click the User Scripts heading. Now go to the wiki page and copy one of the scripts, then click New User Script… link at the top of the User Scripts settings page. A form will appear at the bottom of which should be a button labeled Use Script From Clipboard. After the script is pasted, a new window should display with the full script after which you can save it and you’re done.

Troubleshooting add-on related issues

See Firefox Tweaks and Fixes and Styles and Things.

Doing it without an add-on

Enhancing privacy and security

See the Firefox Configuration Guide for Privacy Freaks and Performance Buffs and The Firefox Privacy Guide For Dummies!

Copying text without formatting

Sometimes you may want to copy text from a website and paste it without the added HTML markup. While i am not aware of any way to do this without an extension, you can essentially obtain the desired result by using Ctrl+Shift+V instead of Ctrl+V when pasting. This works for me on both Windows and Linux, however i’ve had some feedback that indicates it does not work in all cases.

More tweaks

See: Firefox Tweaks and Fixes and Styles and Things

Giving back

If you like an add-on, or any other free and open source software, please donate to the developer. Trust me when i tell you that most developers of free software usually receive nothing, or next to nothing for all their hours of hard work and the support they provide. Developers are usually very appreciative of a donation regardless of how small it may be.

Recent changes

This list contains only changes since the previous edit.

  • added ‘YouTube to snopyta.org redirect’ Header Editor code
  • corrected minor errors in other Header Editor code examples

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  1. I last posted here on 6/6/15 (above). Awhile ago, when the switch to semi-mandatory Signed extensions came along, many developers (such as for the excellent ‘DownThemAll’) started making noises about dropping out entirely. However, it turned out that we users still had the option of circumventing this issue via a setting in About:Config.

    I don’t know how many of you are aware of it, but there is an even bigger sea change fast approaching, and it looks to be HUGE. Check out the following:

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-versions-of-firefox-prepare-for-its-biggest-change-ever/#comments-1e50e84a-27cb-4d26-b723-1f3fd3ffbe05

    and a discussion thread I started in response

    http://portableapps.com/node/54471

    So, if you didn’t know before now you do, and won’t be shocked when this occurs. A whole lot of our favorite extensions may simply be going away, for good. Some very major ones like Greasemonkey may avoid that, adapting with special updates. I don’t know what the implications may be for various scripts we may be running under GM . . . .

    If you have some encouraging words to add — maybe some positive details that have not yet come to light — I’d be very glad to read them.

    1. hi Gene – i’m aware of E10S and also what appear to be other major changes coming regarding extensions

      i don’t know how this will pan out, but, to be honest, i’m ready to get of the FF bus anyway and maybe this will be the push that does it

      however this seems to suggest that there is a method to disable the feature…

      If we run into issues, we can slow the roll-out, pause it, or even disable E10sS for those who got it.

    1. fingerprinting by analyzing keystroke timings doesn’t sound like a far-fetched idea, but this attack relies on JavaScript which means it wouldn’t work for sites where JS is disabled (and it should be disabled globally by default in my opinion)

      also, unless the extension randomizes the dwell and gap times, i would think that its effectiveness would be very limited since your dwell and gap times are now perfectly consistent and therefore quite unique assuming that few people use the extension (currently only 20 for Firefox), however even if a lot of people used it, you could still be easily fingerprinted if you set the timings to something other than the defaults – assuming the min and max values are 0 to 99, and assuming i’m calculating correctly, that allows for 9800 unique possibilities (excluding the default of 50-50) and if the max were 999, then 998,000 possibilities (excluding the default of 50-50)

      even given the above, i’m not sure it’s a bad thing, but i think you would really want to change the dwell-gap times once in a while

    1. in the interest of privacy, i would personally recommend against doing this unless you’re going to use your own server, unless you find a service with a strong privacy policy and will encrypt your data

  2. Follow-on to my post from 6/27/16: The End is near. XUL extensions end in August for the ESR branch of FF — which is where you have had to be for awhile now in order to continue using them. (And we’ve already seen where you had to revert Greasemonkey back to v. 3.17, in order to retain the use of many existing scripts. Even the possibility of that reversion became much more difficult, outside of ESR.) Every other discussion of extensions or scripts now becomes tantamount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. I read the blog from the developers of the excellent DownThemAll extension, who stated that the replacement APIs are **feeble** in comparison to what was in place before, very much calling in to question the future of such extensions, and pointing the way towards these developers simply quitting altogether. And I take them at their word. This is all supposedly in the service of browser security, but then you really have to ask “At What Price, Security ?|

    1. thanks for the comment Gene

      i suspect there are others besides myself who have become disillusioned with Firefox – i’ve been using it since before the 1.0 stable release and, for a long time, enjoyed watching its growth – at this point however, the only reason i still use it is because there is nothing else out there that can match its functionality given its extensibility and Google Chrome is out of the question – and actually i don’t use FF, but rather Waterfox which will apparently continue to support XUL extensions into the foreseeable future – the problem with that is, although all is ok now, the developers of the XUL extensions who can’t port their work to web extensions because of the feeble API, aren’t going to continue to develop their extensions

          1. Icecat is a fork I had not previously heard of, but I’ll check into it.
            I’m continuing to use the final “5290 / Legacy” release of Portable FF — because the functionality provided by certain extensions is absolutely essential to my use of a browser — and will continue using it to the *bitter end*, whatever that may be. (Quite possibly a comparable situation to my use of Win 7, which supports some key software that the W-10 I happen to despise does not.) At some point, I suppose that stance could become untenable. Already some hints on that: e.g., a leading VPN product reports that it requires FF 57 or later. But I’ll cross that bridge when I must.

            Others I correspond with on some mailing lists and online forums, both here and abroad, are in agreement on this. I’ve had major arguments about the prior XUL extensions with the proprietor over at portableapps.com, who maintained the FF portables and others. He’d say things like, “Well, that extension only had 50K users.” Even if that were true, the dude just does not get it ! And, from what I saw of the crop of current, suggested “instead of” extensions, they are simply pathetic and woefully inadequate.

            One partial silver lining here is that we may be able to cope by doing something that is arguably necessary, anyway. There is no reason why we must be restricted to one browser, particularly since the portable editions make this coexistence a lot easier. The OS is minimally aware of their presence, and so they should not clash. Depending on which computer it is, I run a mix of FF, Opera, and Chrome. (IE too. Although I never could stand it, sometimes you just can’t avoid having to use it.) Either due to poor web-page design, errors, or browser-centric formatting, it often happens that a particular page will not display or print properly in one or more browsers, but will in another. All too often, text will be super-imposed over other text making it unreadable, or will run off of the margins, now matter how you adjust your screen, etc. So, having alternatives becomes a virtual necessity. Even if their functionality begins to erode, the longer I can continue to use those FF extensions — at least in some places — the better.

            1. I’m continuing to use the final “5290 / Legacy” release of Portable FF — because the functionality provided by certain extensions is absolutely essential to my use of a browser

              i thought the same thing, but i managed to find WebExtensions to replace nearly all of the XUL add-ons – if you want i can try and find replacements for you if you tell me what you need

              Already some hints on that: e.g., a leading VPN product reports that it requires FF 57 or later

              that sounds strange – no VPN should have any dependency on any browser since the browser is not in the VPN loop, unless you’re referring to a VPN browser add-on, in which case i wouldn’t recommend that – if you’re looking for a VPN, have a look at AirVPN – that’s my referral link which helps me out a little bit – also NordVPN – i’m just testing out their service now