More fun, more function!
You might have heard someone raving about a Chrome or Firefox extension and wondered, what’s that all about?
Browser Extensions are small software programs that can modify and improve the functionality of your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome). They can improve productivity, save you money, block advertisements, and even provide a little fun when you log into the web.
Some extensions also integrate with other web services. One example is the Evernote clipper, which allows you to capture information from the web and save it to Evernote. You can normally find installed extensions in the top right of your browser window.
So this means extensions are all good, right?
As with all software, you want to make sure you are using extensions that are well reviewed, have a large number of users, and are from well-known sources. There are malicious extensions – ones that could capture personal information – but the risk is minimal if you play it safe.
In addition, just like too much unused software can slow your computer down, too many extensions can overload and slow down your browser. This is a good reason to go to your browser settings occasionally and check to see what extensions you currently have installed.
What extensions do you need?
It all depends on what you want to do! Some extensions are functional – like Evernote and Toggl – while others are decorative only. Lifehacker has a good list of options.
Lifehacker Pack – Chrome Extensions
Lifehacker Pack – Firefox Extensions
After all this talk about browser extensions, which ones do I use?
AdBlock for seeing fewer apps
DataSaver to reduce data usage when using hotspot wi-fi
Toggl to track time spent on various activities
Tabby Cat to get a new cat cartoon in every new tab!
Grammarly to make sure I’m proper
Evernote web clipper because it’s Evernote!