7 favorite Chrome extensions

As both a follow-up to last month’s post about my favorite Firefox extensions, plus an update on a similar post from two years ago, here’s my look at my current favorite Chrome extensions. Note that I’ve covered some of these extensions in my Firefox post; many of the extensions below are also available for that browser.

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere ensures any website accessed in Firefox is directed to a secured, HTTPS version of the site, if one’s available. While HTTPS-based sites are becoming more and more commonplace, there’s still a few not loading their secure versions by default for some reason.

Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger is an Electronic Frontier Foundation developed extension that blocks or indicates what advertising trackers, cookies, etc. a site might be using. The extension can also be deactivated for individual websites.

Twitter Block Chain

Twitter on a laptop
Photo by WDnetStudio (Pixabay / CC0)

Twitter Block Chain is a Chrome extension that offers a way of blocking in bulk unwanted Twitter users (i.e., trolls). I’ve previously written about this extension (and blocking Twitter users in general).

LastPass

LastPass is the popular online-based password manager. The LastPass extension allows you to access your passwords; create, edit or delete passwords; and perform other functions.

Save to Pocket

Pocket allows one to save any website to the web-based bookmark service. Ironically, Pocket’s now owned by Mozilla, the owners of Chrome’s rival browser Firefox.

Pocket makes it easier to go back and read an article at a later time, especially if one’s too busy to read it right away.

Tunnelbear VPN

I’ve written about Tunnelbear before in a previous post. The VPN service offers easy access via its Chrome extension.

uBlock Origin

uBlock Origin is an ad blocker that works quite well. It’s also supposedly more lightweight than AdBlock/AdBlock Plus. Finally, uBlock is free and open source.

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