With cybercrime on the rise, increasing the online security is becoming more important. There are extensions for the Google Chrome browser that can help to protect your sensitive information and increase your overall privacy.
So, I will show you 10 of the best extensions for Chrome that can help to enhance your security.
1. Privacy Badger
Privacy Badger is created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. This browser add-on blocks ads and other third-party trackers that secretly track you while you’re on the web.
You’ll find the icon for privacy badger to the right of the address bar but when you first start using this extension, you’ll notice all the sliders are green. If it detects that an advertiser is tracking you over multiple websites, it will block that advertiser from loading any more content.
If you recognize a domain that you want to block, for example, linkedin.com. You can move the sliders yourself currently that one is green. Moving the slider one to the left will block cookies and turn the slider yellow and moving the slider to the far left will turn it red and block that domain.
You shouldn’t have to mess these sliders too much the privacy badger extension will usually begin blocking trackers after installation when you’ve been to at least 4 to 5 websites.
Unshortened.link helps to reveal the suspicious-looking shortened links on web pages.
When you click on the short URL, it will show you the full URL and the webpage that it takes you to. It also lets you know the site is safe or malicious.
If you want to continue on to the site, just click the URL. The unshortened.link extension just may save you from accidentally going to a dangerous website.
3. DashLane and LastPass
DashLane is the first of two password managers, I will tell you about. DashLane is easy to set up and the icon sits to the right of the address bar.
There are 2 primary tabs, one where all your accounts are listed. Second is the password generator where you can copy strong passwords for your accounts and you can change the length of the passwords with the slider.
It can also be used as a bookmark manager for all the sites that you log into. Clicking on one of your accounts will take you to their website, selecting log in will automatically log you into that site.
If you’re looking for an alternative password manager, LastPass also comes with the great features which you can definitely check out.
Ghostery is another extension that can help you to find out who is tracking you online.
It will show you how many trackers are on a webpage. You can also change the option to a detailed view to get a better look at the trackers. In a detailed view, it shows the blocked and unblocked trackers. If you see some bad trackers are not blocked, double-click on them to block and get rid of all such trackers.
While reducing the trackers following you, Ghostery makes web pages load quicker.
5. Avast Online Security
Avast Online Security helps to alert you if a website is considered to be unsafe by their community of over 400 million users.
When you do a search, sites of the green bubble are believed to be safe, those in grey with a question mark don’t have enough data to give a rating and if you find a site in red those are deemed to be unsafe.
When you select the avast icon, you can rate that site with a positive or negative rating. You can also see the trackers used on that website which you can allow or block.
For rating websites, this extension is similar to another one that you may be familiar with called web of trust.
Unlike Web of Trust, Avast Online Security has never been caught selling user information, disconnect allows you to block individual sites that track you.
They also claim can make web pages load up to 44 per cent faster. Selecting the disconnect icon will automatically block the trackers like Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
In addition to Privacy Badger and Ghostery, Avast Online Security is yet another great choice for blocking trackers.
Blur is another password manager. It protects your passwords and helps to mask your credit card information to make shopping online more secure.
When you select the blur icon, you’ll notice that it also blocks trackers on websites. Unlike DashLane that I showed you earlier, it does not list all your accounts at the bottom.
If you select settings, you have several options to turn on or off an account. Blur is another great choice for those of you that want additional features from your password manager.
7. HTTPS Everywhere
HTTPS Everywhere was created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor project. It encrypts your internet browsing experience by turning insecure HTTP link requests to the more secure HTTPS.
When you’re on a website, this extension will force an encrypted connection with that site and those connected to it. This is an extension you can just leave turned on and forget about it.
With HTTPS Everywhere added to Chrome it will help to protect you from the many forms of surveillance and account hacking.
8. Click and Clean
Click and Clean can be used to delete browsing history, cache, cookies and a whole lot more with just one click.
Simply select the Click and Clean icon and when you’re ready to close your browser, select securely closed browser, it will automatically remove the data. You can also remove certain things individually, you have the choice to clear private data, cache, history, downloads and cookies.
If you want to change the settings, select the gearbox and you have several options to tick on or off. Click and Clean is easy to use an extension for removing junk from your browser.
9. Ublock Origin
Ublock origin is my preferred ad blocker. It blocks more ads, uses fewer system resources and
Web pages appear to load faster than its competitors.
If you’re using Adblock plus or any of the other choices and you’re noticing more ads are getting through. Give Ublock Origin a try.
If you think, it was useful for you let me know in the comments. If you feel another security extension for Chrome should have made in the list and I’ll definitely check it out and maybe add in the list.
Have a Safe Browsing!