The web browser you use defines the way you experience the Internet, and shapes the way in which you interact with it. The days of only having Internet Explorer to use are long gone, and now there are a number of popular browsers on the Internet with substantial market share. Google’s own browser, Chrome, started out as an experiment in light-weight browser building. However, it has come a long way from its early days, and it is now a rich, feature-filled browser with a healthy extension development community. If you’re interested in enhancing the functionality of your Chrome browser, then it’s time to start looking for extensions. Here are five popular ones which add a range of depth and functionality to Chrome.
Never Deal With Annoying Ads Again With Adblock Plus
This is the first extension that most people install no matter what browser they’re using these days, and that’s for a good reason. Since the growth of the Internet into a machine for commerce, ads have become increasingly prevalent and even intrusive across the web. Adblock Plus hides all of those ads, immediately making cluttered and junky-looking websites into something that is accessible and readable. It also conveniently blocks those annoying Flash banner ads for loading, so you don’t have to be reminded for the tenth time today that you’re a lucky visitor who has won something. It even comes with the ability to disable the extension on certain websites, or “whitelist” them as the software calls it, in order to support the websites you like by viewing their ads. Once you’ve gotten Chrome installed, make a beeline for Adblock Plus and get it installed. It’s free, and it will change your browsing experience.
StumbleUpon is the Cure for Your Boredom
Ever been frustrated with feeling like you’ve seen all there is to see on the Internet? StumbleUpon is the cure for that. This is a simple, lightweight browser extension that allows you to create an account and define a set of interests across a broad set of categories. These interests determine what you will see each and every time you press the “Stumble” button on the extension. It will serve you with a random page submitted by users relevant to one of your interests, and you can either approve of the content with a thumbs up or disapprove with a thumbs down. You’ll never be bored again!
Keep an Eye on the Weather via ForecastFox
When you’re sitting at your computer getting work done all day, sometimes you get curious about the weather outside but you don’t actually have time to go and check. ForecastFox is a simple extension that places an icon on your Chrome window that displays the current weather conditions and the temperature outside. Clicking on the icon will allow you to see a customizable forecast and even an animated radar image for your local area. It’s a fast way to be able to access the weather at the click of a button, without the need to navigate to a third-party website.
SocialFixer Spruces Up Your Facebook Feed
Always frustrated with the changes that Facebook always seems to be making to the ways it displays content to you? SocialFixer is an extension that installs quickly and gives you much greater control over the ways Facebook works. You’ll be able to default your Timeline to the most recent posts made by friends, hide posts, and even create tabs in your feed to view different kinds of content. It’s a great little tool that will revamp the way you use Facebook for the better.
Tired of Forgetting Passwords? Try LastPass
If you don’t like to rely on browser-based password storage, try out LastPass. It’s a great way to keep all of your passwords safe and secure, because it requires a password itself, but it also allows you to synch passwords across devices. This means that a password you’ve asked it to remember on a website through Chrome will be saved when you go to that site on your phone if you have the LastPass app. This is a cool extension that speeds up your browsing and allows you to stop worrying about which password you used on what website!