What is a Chrome Extension?
Google Chrome extensions are programs you can install in your Chrome browser to change its functionality.
These extensions can help you automate certain functions in your browser, modify existing behaviors, and improve your software’s convenience.
The only difference between a Chrome extension and a regular website is that extensions contain a manifest file, which gives them a specific function to execute.
Another way to think about extensions is as a piece of code that changes your browser experience.
Why to Use Extension?
Extensions add new functionality to an existing class, structure, enumeration, or protocol type. This includes the ability to extend types for which you do not have access to the original source code (known as retroactive modeling).
Where can I find Google Chrome Extensions to Install?
While some developers offer direct downloads of their extensions, the best place to install get a Chrome extension is from Google’s Chrome Web Store. While this site is called a store and there are some extensions that you need to purchase before you can use them, the vast majority of extensions listed here are for free.
Some of the Best Google Chrome Extensions?
There are so many good Chrome extensions that it would be impossible to list all of them. With that said, there are some extensions that I personally feel are a must have as they offer much needed functionality, better security, and optimize the performance of Chrome.
Below is a list of extensions that I recommend be installed in Chrome. If anyone has any other suggestions, please feel free to comment in below. No SPAM, though, as that will be deleted.
Extensity is an 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.
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 number 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.
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.
The Authy extension makes it easy to generate codes required for Two-Factor Authentication.
The Chrome New Window Focus extension attempts to fix a bug present in Chrome for 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.
Adblock Plus is an ad blocker that also supports websites by not blocking unobtrusive ads by default.
CryptUp makes sending PGP encrypted email through Gmail incredibly easy. For anyone who is worried about people eavesdropping on their communications, but does not want to deal with the complexity of setting up PGP, this is a great extension to use.
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.
Procrsatination is a funny thing.
One minute, you’re all set to work. Next minute, you’re learning about deep sea marine life on Wikipedia.
StayFocusd helps you to be more productive by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites. Simply set how long you’ll allow yourself on distracting websites. Then, when you’ve used up your allotted time, the extension will block those sites for the rest of the day.
StayFocusd is also extremely flexible to your needs. You can block entire websites, specific subdomains or pages, and even specific in-page content(such as videos, games, & images).
When used intentionally, Facebook is a magnificent tool. But if you let it, it will happily steal half of your morning.
If you find yourself spending too much time on Facebook, News Feed Eradicator for Facebook is the extension you need.
It eradicates the most addictive & time-consuming part of the site: the News Feed.
The best part about this Chrome extension is that it doesn’t block Facebook entirely. You can still use Facebook’s other features, such as Messenger, Groups, & Marketplace.
Rescue Time is another popular productivity extension that measures how much time you spend on each website you visit.
We may think we only spent few minutes checking our email, but with Rescue Time, there’s no hiding from the fact that it was more like, oh, I don’t know… exactly 27 minutes & 39 seconds.
This app tracks everything so you can understand your habits & become more productive. It will even pause if your keyword & mouse go untouched for 2 minutes or more.
Rescue Time is free for the Lite version. However, to access additional features like alerts & site-blocking, you can upgrade to the Premium version for 6$ per month or 72$ per years.
Buffer is a simple but powerful social media tool. If you’re managing multiple social media accounts & would like to schedule updates to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, & Linkedin, you need this tool.
The extension places a buffer in the toolbar so that whenever you land on a page you’d like to share, all you have to do is click the icon & schedule your updates.
The free version lets you connect three social media accounts, & schedule up to 10 posts to be published later. But Buffer also has a handful of other premium plans depending on your needs.
Sometimes emails won’t cut it & things are best done in a video.
Loom is a free Google Chrome extension that allows you to capture, narrate & instantly share the video recordings of your screen. This isn’t the best program for video editing but it is jam-packed with incredibly useful features.
Record just your current tab or your entire screen. Choose whether you’d like to include a thumbnail video of your face on the webcam. Plus, you can share the video instantly, & even choose whether the video needs a password to be seen.
The best part is that there’s no limit to how much you can record – & it’s absolutely 100% free!
Grammarly is a powerhouse. This extension checks the grammar 7 spelling of everything you write online.
Never again will you make a silly typo or grammar mistake in your emails, Facebook comments, tweets, & so on.
What’s more, it doesn’t just check spellings but offers accurate, context-specific suggestions.
The Chrome extension is free, but Grammarly also has some extra premium features available for a monthly fee.
The Facebook Pixel Helper is a troubleshooting tool that helps you find out if your pixel is working correctly. Once you install the Chrome plugin, the </> icon, the PixelHelper icon, will appear in the upper right corner of the browser next to the address bar.
You can see if there’s a Facebook pixel installed on a website, check for errors, and understand the events that your pixel is receiving.Follow me on Social Media