Posts Tagged ‘google chrome extensions’

Google Chrome SSL Enforcer

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Here’s an interesting SSL extension for security conscious Chrome users …

Making sure that you are connected via SSL is one of the most important things Internet users can do to improve their security online. This is especially true on public computer networks, like those on airports, Internet cafes or on campus. Why? Because it is otherwise dead easy to wiretap the traffic that you send and receive on the network. And while that may not be an issue for some activities online, you better be sure when you sign into accounts or handle financial transactions on sites such as PayPal or your bank’s online presence.

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The 10 Most Popular Chrome, Firefox and Opera Extensions

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Not many surprises here; but it’s still kind of interesting to see what extensions others are using …

Browser extensions can improve a web browser’s functionality significantly. They can improve a user’s workflow on the web or add information to the browser that would otherwise not be directly accessible. When you look at popular extensions you will notice that they differ considerable between browsers.

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Hide All Chrome Tabs with a Single Click

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Here’s a new twist on an old idea …

If you are working in a multi-user office or in a room that people may enter unannounced, you’d probably like an option to hide what’s shown on the screen when that happens. Maybe you like buying gifts for someone online, like to surf on a site that you are not allowed to access, or do not want your office colleagues to find out that you are into Britney Spears. Whatever it is, a Panic Button application can be the solution.

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Ghost Incognito, Automate Private Browsing In Chrome

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Here’s an interesting Chrome extension that you might find useful if you work on public PCs or if you’re just concerned with security …

I’m not using private browsing modes that web browsers like Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and even Internet Explorer offer. The core reason is that I’m the only user on the PC so that it is not necessary to protect my privacy using private browsing sessions. Plus, I delete my browsing data at the end of each session anyway. The situation is different on public PCs, work PCs and other shared computer systems as it is usually a good idea to protect your privacy from the prying eyes of others. Sometimes it may even be essential to avoid the leaking of work secrets or other confidential data.

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ScriptNo – Another NoScript Extension for Chrome

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Here’s a more up-to-date alternative to NoScript for security-conscious Chrome users …

One of the two issues that I identified in yesterday’s review of Opera’s NotScripts extension was that it has not been updated for a long period of time. A script by the same name for Google Chrome, NotScript for Chrome, has also not been updated for almost a year now. Ghacks reader Vineeth just sent me a link to ScriptNo, a NoScript alternative for Chrome users.

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Tab Position Customizer for Google Chrome

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

This isn’t exactly a life-saving/world-shaking add-on … but it would come in handy for folks like me who usually have a dozen tabs open and sometimes get confused as to which tab is which.

Tabbed web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Internet Explorer have specific orders in which tabs are opened and closed. Developers have to configure orders for opening blank pages and links as well as activation rules when users close tabs. The default behavior of most browsers opens blank tabs on the rightmost side of the tabbar, links to the right of the active tab and activate the last used tab after closing a tab.

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Hear Web Text with Google Chrome Speak

Friday, October 21st, 2011

This extension sounds like it would be very helpful for people with bad eyesight … and/or hours of fun for teenagers who enjoy hearing their computers curse out loud.

Google Chrome has just fronted a new extension called Chrome Speak; a text reader for web content on the Google Chrome search engine. This will read highlighted text out loud. Whether from sheer laziness, bad eyesight, or just a desire to have a text reader on your browser, it is an interestingly accurate feature. You could easily listen to a Wikipedia entry while getting ready for work or entertain a room of friends with the feature so that you don’t have to read interesting tidbits aloud or have everyone crowd around the screen. These are hypothetical scenarios, of course. The ultimate point is that Chrome Speak works and it works fairly well.

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27 Out of 100 Chrome Extensions Insecure

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Here’s something to keep in mind when shopping for extensions for Google Chrome …

Security researchers Nicholas Carlini, Adrienne Porter Felt, and Prateek Saxena reviewed 50 popular and 50 random Chrome extensions from the official Chrome Web Store for security vulnerabilities and discovered that 27 of the 100 extensions “leak all of their privileges to a web or WiFi attacker”. These 27 extensions account for a total of 51 vulnerabilities. Seven of the vulnerable extensions have more than 300k users each according to data provided by the Chrome Web store.

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Google Related for Chrome Extension

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

This looks like a potentially helpful add-on for Chrome users …

Google Related is a brand new extension by Google for its Chrome web browser. The extension acts as a browsing assistant displaying related news and contents in a small bar at the bottom. This process itself is automatic. The related information that are displayed on the toolbar at the bottom of the browser screen are directly relatedto the open web page. It happens quite often that the toolbar does not open at all, but if it does, it displays relevant information that are related to the contents on the website.

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MuteTab for Chrome Lets You Put an End to Background Tab Sounds

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Here’s a really cool add-on for Chrome … especially if you’re like me, and are easily annoyed by web page ads that play music.

Maybe you can relate to the following experience. I was watching a video on my computer and heard background noise in the background. First I thought that the video had been recorded with those by accident, but they were still there after I paused the video. I checked the open browsers and their tabs, one after the other to finally find out that it was a multimedia ad that was playing on a website. I closed the website and the annoying noise was gone.

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