Google Gold: 15 Essential Chrome Extensions
Google Chrome is a Web browser used by millions of people around the world. It is, by some estimates, the most popular Web browser in the world, and it has many more lovers than it does haters. However, the standard Chrome experience can be made so much better with a handful of extensions.
Make Chrome Work For You
There are tens of thousands of Chrome extensions available on the Chrome Web Store, but many aren’t worth the time and effort required to discover them. Only a select few are absolutely worth exploring.
Having already published a long list of the best Chrome extensions, we have now narrowed in on the absolute essentials that all Chrome users should install, especially those who want to help boost their productivity.
Web Of Trust, more commonly known as WOT, is a service which rates websites by a simple traffic light system based on user ratings. These traffic lights are displayed alongside search results, helping Internet users decide whether or not it’s safe to visit particular websites.
customizable new tab page capable of displaying your bookmarks, browsing history, and most visited pages, amongst other things.
Ghostery reveals the invisible Web which most of us never see. It detects trackers and beacons placed on websites, telling you what they do and why they are there. You can then opt out of those you feel go a step too far in how they collect data.making typos on social networks and the like, someone will notice, and then make judgments based on your mistakes.
crxMouse Chrome Gestures allows Chrome users to control their browsing using nothing more than their mouse. This is great for one-handed websites, but not so good for anyone suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.bypassing geographic restrictions, allowing you to view the U.S. version of Netflix from Europe, for example.
The Evernote Web Clipper allows Evernote users to quickly and easily save Web pages to read later on. You can save an entire page or just a particular section of an article, and then annotate and/or share what you have saved.
Turn Off The Lights does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing you to quickly and easily turn off the lights when watching online video. You click the icon and everything other than the video goes dark, click it again and everything goes back to normal.
Update: In 2013, Hover Zoom was accused of collecting data on its users. If, as a result of this, you are uncomfortable using this extension, there is an alternative in the form of Imagus.Chromebook users.
LastPass is one of the most popular password managers that gives you access to all of your various passwords across the Web as long as you remember your master password. It’s fast, free, and secure, making it a good option for anyone who has trouble remembering things.
Continue the Conversation
These Chrome extensions are just 15 of the many that our readers listed as being their personal favorites. We have highlighted those which we feel as many people as possible will be able to make use of. When used sensibly, Chrome extensions can help make Chrome work for you, adding new features and functionality to Google’s Web browser.
Please continue the conversation in the comments section below. While some of you took part in the original discussion, there is always room for more opinions. Do you agree with the Chrome extensions selected for the list? If not, then please add your own suggestions to the conversation happening below. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers here, just opinions.
A Debt of Gratitude
In order to compile this list of essential Chrome extensions, we asked for help from the MakeUseOf community. As always, our readers proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.
The readers we need to thank took the time to answer the question, What Are Your Favorite Google Chrome Extensions?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from Abhi, Fern Glen, and Slartibartfast.
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