The Torbutton add-on for Firefox can be a helpful extension if you want to remain anonymous on the Internet. You may know Tor already which helps you anonymize your internet traffic or Torpark (now known as XB Browser) which is basically Firefox with an integrated version of the Tor software integrated. Most people don't need to be anonymous all the time when they are connected to the Internet. Some users may disagree here but I think there is no need for anonymity if you want to check the latest football scores or a weather report.
If you agree you may find the Torbutton extension for the Firefox web browser more after your liking, as you can start and stop with the click of the button whenever you need to. You need to install Tor as well, download link is provided on the page linked above and privoxy. If you like it use it and make sure you check if its working by visiting a website that shows your IP.
You will only face troubles if you are forced to use a manual proxy configuration because your provider, company or institute may demand this. Torbutton will change between manual proxy configuration (on) and direct connection to the internet (off). So, this extension is not working in this case. For everyone else it should be fine to use.
Update: The Torbutton extension for the Firefox web browser has been removed by the author from the official Mozilla Add-ons repository over at the Mozilla Firefox website.
There is no comparable add-on available for the Firefox web browser currently. The two remaining Tor related add-ons have not been updated for quite some time; one the last time in 2010, and the other in 2006.
I suggest you check out the Tor Project website directly to find out which options you have to use Tor on your computer system. There should be plenty of options available, so no need to worry just yet. Tor is alive and kicking.
Update 2: Tor Flashproxy Badge has been released to the Firefox Add-ons repository that you can make use of to circumvent Internet censorship. It is based on the Flash Proxy concept that you can read more about here.
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