Despite playing around with various browsers over the years,I always end up coming back to Chrome. I know that Google is not the bestcompany when it comes to privacy but they make one hell of a browsernevertheless.
Part of why Chrome is so good is the sheer number ofextensions you can install. Firefox also has a good extension selection butsomehow Chrome still seems to have the best ones for what you need.
In the many years that I have been using Chrome, here are the seven browser extensions I simply cannot live without. I use them every day and would be gutted if they were discontinued.
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There are many reasons why you would use “Incognito Mode” forbrowsing. Since it doesn’t leave a trail in your cookies, cache and Internethistory, it is ideal for looking at pages you don’t want others to know you’relooking at.
Since Incognito Mode is also known as “porn mode”, you can guesswhat I am hinting at here. But on a more serious note, Incognito Mode isperfect for when you have a site which only gives you a limited number of freeviews per month, such as the New York Times and the New Yorker. Incognito Modewill hide who you are and reset those free views back to zero.
You can usually get to Incognito Mode by going to File–>New Incognito Window. But aneasier method is to use this extension. Just click the button and your webpagewill automatically be transferred over into Incognito Mode. Easy and seamless.
Chrono Download Manager
One of the few Firefox extensions I was utterly in love with was “ Down Them All ” and I was devastated when it was discontinued. It was a downloading manager which “sniffed” out all downloadable files on a webpage, listed them for you by file format and enabled you to click the ones you wanted to download. It was sheer bliss.
It took me a while but I have finally managed to sort of finda Chrome equivalent. It is called Chrono Download Manager. It takes over thestandard Chrome download function with a better interface but it also has a snifferfunction.
So if I was on this page , you will see links to downloadable classical MP3 music files.
It is a bit tedious right-clicking each one and choosing“Save As”. So if you click Chrono, the sniffer will find all of the MP3 filesand list them for you.
Then it is just a case of ticking the ones you want andclicking “Download All”.
As everyone will know by now, browsing the Internet has itsrisks. Websites such as Amazon, Facebook, and any of the other big sites allhave trackers which follow you around the Internet with their cookies andscripts. If you look at something on Amazon, and then go to another site, youwill most likely see an Amazon advert for that exact same item.
It’s things like this that Privacy Badger aims to avoid. Made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation , Privacy Badger blocks all known scripts, trackers, adverts, and social media widgets.
By clicking the Badger box, you can see what has been blocked and what has been allowed through. Although it is not recommended if you don’t know what you are doing, you can override Privacy Badger’s recommendations.
It’s inevitable that with hundreds of RSS feeds to look ateach day to find story ideas, I am going to come across countless stories to read.Stories I don’t immediately have time for at that precise moment. That is whyPocket is so valuable.
Pocket is where I tuck away all the stories I want to read –eventually. At 500+ links, I guess I need to start paring down that list prettysoon. When you see a link you want to save, click the Pocket button and it willbe saved instantly to your Pocket account. Of course you need to be logged intoyour account first.
When doing research on Google, and lots of tabs start to getopened up, the browser begins to slow down. That is perfectly normal but it canstill be a pain. What is even more a pain is when you have dozens and dozens oftabs open and suddenly it becomes difficult to navigate them.
OneTab addresses this pain point perfectly. When you have lots of tabs open, clicking the OneTab button will close all of those tabs for you and put them on a clickable list instead.
That way, the memory from those tabs gets freed up and at the same time you have a nice neat list of sites to refer to. You can arrange the tabs into categorized groups and lock them to prevent accidental deletion.
My only complaint is that OneTab does not synchronise acrosscomputers so lists on my laptop don’t instantly appear on my PC, and viceversa. But you can export the list and import it on another machine, which Irecommend doing on a regular basis. But it is a clunky process.
I use quite a lot of devices on a daily basis, the two mainones being my laptop and my iPhone. Transferring links from one to another usedto be a real pain with sending emails to myself or syncing tabs. But thenPushbullet appeared and now sending links between devices is extremely easy.
Pushbullet is actually quite an old extension and thedevelopers had really grand plans for it. But it seems to have fallen by thewayside over the years. But I love it. You can right-click on a page, choosethe PushBullet option and then choose the device to send the page to. Worksperfectly every single time.
Make GoogleImages Great Again
Despite the unfortunate political-leaning name, this is anextension which plugs an inexplicable decision by Google. A while back, theystopped people from being able to go directly to an image on Google Images. Sothe Internet did what it usually does – it went and added the button back inagain.
When you install the extension, watch the button come back.Abracadabra!