Google’s Chrome browser is fast, secure and free but it can be made a whole lot easier with some free extensions that can boost your internet experience.
Tabs were one of the best inventions in modern browsing, but they have become a burden, spewing forth like bees from an angry hive. They often get so numerous that it is hard to find the one you need, and only prayer is left if one of the multitude starts autoplaying an annoying video. They also eat up system resources – both RAM and disk swap space – reducing battery life and slowing your computer.
TabCloud is the answer – it allows you to save a load of tabs to a cloud syncing service so you can open them at another time or on another computer with one click. It is easy to use, efficient and free.Google’s Chrome browser is fast, secure and free but it can be made a whole lot better with some free EXTENSIONS that boost almost any aspect of browsing.
An alternative to TabCloud, the Great Suspender tackles mountains of tabs by actually suspending them within the browser. The free extension effectively kills the tab while leaving it within your browser window with the favicon and webpage title still visible.
In doing so it reduces Chrome’s demands on your computer, while maintaining all those tabs for easy access. The tab is reloaded when you click anywhere within the page, restoring it as normal. (If you’re offline, it will pull what it can from Chrome’s cache.)
Tabs can be suspended after a period of inactivity, or suspended manually, while certain tabs can be whitelisted to avoid them being suspended at any time.
Most of the communication that goes on across the internet is still text based, regardless of how pervasive video and internet audio calling has become. To save you being embarrassed by slightly more than simple typos, Ginger checks spelling plus 30 types of grammatical errors based on the context of your writing.
It is free, simple to use, and should sort out even the most hashed-up text to leave you looking like Shakespeare in a world of internet monkeys.
Account security is a hot topic right now, with databases of passwords being leaked left, right and centre. But using different passwords for everything and actually being able to remember them is hard, and that’s where LastPass comes in.
A Chrome extension with add-ons or apps for almost every other browser and platform, LastPass is a cloud-based password manager. It stores all your passwords and login details, and syncs them securely between browsers and even mobile devices, allowing you to use random 24-character passwords without having to remember them all individually.
LastPass is free to use, but a premium option allows you to use two-factor authentication and a mobile app, should you need it.
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor project, HTTPS Everywhere helps protect your browsing by encrypting your communications with major websites.
The Chrome extension, a port of a Firefox add-on that’s currently in beta, HTTPS Everywhere essentially enables the secure form of standard browsing denoted by the “HTTPS” in your address bar wherever possible.
Most sites offer some sort of HTTPS support, but it can be difficult to use and mixed with insecure parts of the site. The free extension fixes that by re-writing your browser clicks on-the-fly to always request secure access.
If Facebook drives you nuts but you just have to use it, Social Fixer is here to try and save your sanity.
It can filter your News Feed, hiding stories by keyword, author or application – say goodbye to Candy Crush updates – as well as organise it better into tabs for grouped posts and give you ultimate control over the way Facebook looks and works.
The free extension will even fix some of the most annoying things about Facebook, such as constantly switching back to “Top Stores” instead of the most recent posts, despite you telling it precisely not to.
There is no doubt some sites go completely overboard with spammy adverts, covering their pages with blinking,flashing,annoying distractions. Adblock Plus is the extension to change that.
It nukes all advertising by default,but allows you to both permit advertising from sites you want to support.