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Google Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome extensions are programs that can be installed into Chrome in order to change the browser's functionality. This includes adding new features to Chrome or modifying the existing behavior of the program itself to make it more convenient for the user.

Examples of the type of functionality that a Google Chrome extension can add to Chrome includes:

  • Blocking ads from being displayed

  • Optimizing memory usage so that Chrome runs more efficiently

  • Adding to do lists or notes to Chrome

  • Password management

  • Making it easier to copy text from a site

  • Protect your privacy and making web browsing more secure.

Google Chrome Extensions

1. Extensity

Extensity is a extension manager that allows you to quickly enable and disable extensions as you need them. Normally you do not want to install too many extensions, especially ones that you do not use, as they increase the memory used by Chrome. With Extensity, you can quickly enable extensions when you need them and disable them when you do not.

2. LastPass: Free Password Manager

LastPass is a password manager that allows you to use unique passwords at every site you visit, without having to remember any of them. With the amount of sites being hacked, it is important for everyone to use difficult and unique passwords for every site they visit. This extension makes this process much easier to achieve.

3. HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is an extension created by EFF and the Tor Project which automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure "http" to secure "https". It will protect you against many forms of surveillance and account hijacking, and some forms of censorship.

4. The Great Suspender

The Great Suspender is a lightweight chrome extension to help reduce chrome's memory footprint for users that like to have too many tabs open at the same time. This extension will automagically unload each tab while retaining its favicon and title text. A tab can be restored by clicking anywhere on the page when it is needed. This reduces the number of dom elements on the page and ensures no memory leaks or excessive javascripts are running.

5. Authy

The Authy extension makes it easy to generate codes required for Two-Factor Authentication.

6. Chrome New Window Focus

The Chrome New Window Focus extension attempts to fix a bug present in Chrome since several years: when a new Chrome window is opened, sometimes it doesn't get focused and it remains behind other windows. This extension will try to force focus on any newly created window.

7. Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is an ad blocker that also supports websites by not blocking unobtrusive ads by default.

8. CryptUp: Encrypt Gmail with PGP

CryptUp makes sending PGP encrypted email through Gmail incredibly easy. For anyone who is worried about people eavesdropping on their communications, but do not want to deal with the complexity of setting up PGP, this is a great extension to use.

9. Lazarus: Form Recovery

One of the most annoying things is when you fill out a long form and then close the browser window by accident or the program crashes before you can submit it. Lazarus is a Chrome extension that records what you type into forms so you can retrieve it again later.

How to find Google Chrome Extensions?

To access your Google Chrome Extensions…

  • Click on the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the browser window

  • Select “More Tools”

  • Select “Extensions”

Advantages of Browser Extension

  1. Fast access

  2. Intuitive controls

  3. Cross-platform and adaptation for any browser

  4. You can even integrate those objects that would seem to be unacceptable

  5. Integration of its functionality into those products where there is no access to the kernel

  6. Combining systems and cloud storage into a single workspace.

Disadvantages of Browser Extension

  1. Specific browser or service require a constant updating

  2. Each browser needs its own adapted version of the program.

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