7 Useful Chrome Extensions That Are Way Too Popular

Useful Extensions for Chromium Browsers

Hey guys, welcome back. In this post I’m going to share a few information about some of the best extensions for Chromium based browsers. 

AdBlock Plus

The first and the best extension which most of know (I hope so!) is the AdBlock Plus published by adblockplus.org

According too its publisher, it has got nearly 50 million users worldwide (including me!) no wonder why – all of us hate those annoying ads that takes too much time to load, crash webpages and consume so much of unwanted bandwidth while browsing webpages successively.

Using AdBlock Plus, you can block all those unwanted ads, pop-ups, auto-play sound ads, animated sound ads, etc.

Moreover since Adblock Plus is a community-driven open source project, and hundreds of volunteers contribute to the project, it makes sure that all annoying ads are automatically blocked.

But since AdBlock Plus is also a member of the ‘Acceptable Ads initiative’, it allows some small and static ads, and users support websites that rely on advertising but choose to do it in a non-intrusive way. But they claim that this feature too can be disabled (I haven’t tried it yet).

Overall, it’s one good piece of extension for everyday-internet users. It’ll help keep your relaxed from those annoying ads!
AdBlock Plus is available at the Chrome Store itself. Either you can search for it from the Store or Click Here to go straight to the Original Store Page (there’s a whole lot of extensions with the same name unfortunately!)

Now I’ve dumped ABP and have started using uBlock Origin – An efficient blocker which is easy on memory and CPU footprint, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there.

Browsec

The next good piece of extension is ‘Browsec’ offered by browsec.com
It encrypts your traffic and routes it through a secure cloud network. It claims that no one will be able to identify, track you or sniff your traffic.

With Browsec, you can also access all the blocked sites in your country or organization. For example, in my country most of the Torrent sites are blocked, but by using Browsec I can bypass the Internet Service Providers blocking service and access those sites.

Browsec is a free and a simple to set up piece of extension. Just click ‘Add to Chrome’ and you are done. It’s just 141 KB and it’s light on your resources. It offers four proxies (from four different countries – The USA, Netherlands, Singapore and The United Kingdom).

They also claim that it is an advanced analog of ZenMate, Stealthy, Hola and friGate.

Basically it hides your IP address while browsing and it doesn’t mean that you’re fully secure as it’s more susceptible to DNS Leak.
Whatever; we get to access those blocked sites and your job’s done! 🙂

Also Checkout : A Beginner’s Guide to a Secure PC.

HTTPS Everywhere

It encrypts your data traffic and uses HTTPS whenever possible, i.e., it tries to use the Secure Protocol while you try to open any webpages even when it doesn’t offer HTTPS service.

This is a part of the popular HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox, created by EFF and the Tor Project. It 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.

HTTPS Everywhere is installed in TOR Browsers by default.

The added advantage of using this extension is that it’ll make your online experience even more secure especially while online banking, online shopping, etc.
And just like Browsec this extension too is light on your system’s resources.

Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger blocks spying ads and invisible trackers. It ensures that companies can’t track your browsing without your consent.

The extension is designed to automatically protect your privacy from third-party trackers that load invisibly when you browse the web. It sends the ‘Do Not Track’ header with each request, and it evaluates the likelihood that you are still being tracked. If the algorithm deems the likelihood is too high, it automatically blocks your request from being sent to the domain. But the problem is that Privacy Badger is still in beta, and the algorithm’s determination is not conclusive that the domain is tracking you.

The extension has three states. Red means it’s blocking the tracker. Yellow means that it doesn’t send cookies or referrers to the tracker. Green means unblocked (probably because the third-party does not appear to be tracking you). We can click on the Privacy Badger icon in the browser’s toolbar if we wish to override the automatic blocking settings. Or, we can browse in peace as Privacy Badger starts finding and eating up web trackers one by one. By the way, Privacy Badger is a project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Unlike ‘Ghostery’  extensions (another extension similar to Privacy Badger), this extension doesn’t start blocking trackers automatically from the first run itself. It learns from your browsing patterns and recognizes which trackers are to be blocked or allowed. So, don’t be baffled when you see that it’s doing nothing initially when you browse a website just after installing it.

Cleaner Facebook

With this type of extensions you can get rid of the unwanted Facebook features they push down your throat – Facebook ads, sponsored posts, recommendations, trends and ticker. And the best thing is it is fully customizable, meaning you can control what features you want and what you don’t.
In the latest version it has also got the option to hide ‘Games Recommendations’.
So, now you can browse through your clutter-free news feed and enjoy peaceful liking and commenting 😀

[This extension is now taken down by Google]

Facebook Secret Emoticons

Ever wondered how people use all those nice emoticons from their phones and you too wanted it badly but you didn’t own a good phone and felt bad? Have no worries, FSS is here to your rescue!

With these extensions [ you need to install an additional extension too, it’ll guide you] , you will have quicker and easier access to all Facebook emoticons. After installation you will see displayed a small icon in Facebook status/comment boxes. When you click on it, you will see all secret emoticons. But you need to install an icon pack too, which I just mentioned, but it’s just as hassle-free as adding any extensions.
These new emoticons are not just local machine compatible, they are visible to everyone regardless of whether they have this extension installed or not – Not like those spammy so-called Facebook themes that runs unwanted scripts in your browsers!

Mailvelope

Using Mailvelope extension, you can encrypt your emails. It provides an end-to-end encryption service; a secure e-mail communication based on OpenPGP Standard. Mailvelope allows to encrypt and decrypt emails in your favorite webmail provider. It is integrated directly into the web mail user interface and is easy to use in your regular workflow.

It comes pre-configured for these web mail providers:
• Gmail™
• GMX™
• Outlook.com™
• Posteo™
• WEB.DE™
• Yahoo!™

Mailvelope is completely open source and based on OpenPGP.js (http://openpgpjs.org), a OpenPGP library for JavaScript. The OpenPGP standard (based on PGP as originally developed by Phil Zimmermann) uses a combination of strong public-key and symmetric encryption to secure electronic communication.

Hope you guys found this useful! 🙂 Stay tuned. More interesting posts are coming up next! 😀

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