Google Chrome is our favorite browser. It is easy to use and offers a wide range of possibilities when accessing websites. That’s why it dominates the world of browsers with 57.94% of market share, as per the figures in January this year.
Hacking and spyware are the main threats we facing on the internet. It is difficult for you to verify the authenticity of a site or understand what type of information they collect from your activities. Within a few seconds of visiting, cybercriminals can send phishing links to your system. Thanks to Chrome, for safeguarding your online activities in the form of default configurations and brilliant security extensions.
The following Google Chrome extensions let you browse safer and smarter.
1. Web of Trust (WOT)
WOT will warn when you visit dangerous, malicious, phishing sites and links. You can see their reputation score next to the search results- red indicates dangerous sites, yellow suspicious and green represents safe websites. So you can decide whether to move ahead or not.
2. Adblock Plus
Block all annoying ads on the internet. Adblock Plus is an awesome extension to prevent all type of ads on your browser including those on YouTube, Facebook and third-party tracking, malware etc.
3. HTTPS Everywhere
HTTPS is a secure communication protocol which guarantees safe browsing on connected sites. The extension will convert your visiting websites automatically to https protocol. So no one can spy on your activities for account hijacking, identity theft, stealing personal data etc.
Disconnect is another useful extension to protect your browsing. It will block invisible trackers on a website that is designed to collect your personal data. As a result of that, hackers can’t inject any kind of malware on your system for stealing and destruction.
Blur ensures smarter, safer shopping on Google Chrome. It is not just a password manager for your browser. Then you may ask, what else it will do?
Blur will generate unique passwords for each site, saves and encrypts them for later use. That’s all? Nope. It offers non-comparable security features by masking your credit cards and email address from the hackers. So you can enjoy painless shopping and online registration if Blur is with you.
6. Link Virus Checker
While browsing, we need to open some web links. How can you make sure that they are not infected by viruses, trojans or other spyware?
Link virus checker is a tool to help you in such situations. It will scan URLs using over 64 antivirus products and inform you whether the link is infected or not.
7. Browsec VPN
Encryption is the only option to safeguard you online. Browsec is such a tool of secure browsing, that divert you through encrypted cloud network. It will hide real location of the users from visiting websites and let them do anonymous browsing on whatever site they want.
8. Parental Controls & Web Filter
This’s the best way to protect your children from adult-oriented sites. The extension will block millions of sites on pornography, gambling, violence, and other 20 categories according to your choice. But there’re lots of adult pages on social media sites. Is this tool work with them? Yes, of course. Its powerful algorithm will identify such pages and block them automatically even without your individual instruction.
You are already familiar with LastPass password manager. The app works across the devices and securely stores your login credentials, credit cards, passport and other auto-fill details for using in online. All your details are protected with a master password and AES-256 bit encryption technology, so no one can open LastPass’s door without knowing the password.
See who is tracking your browsing activities using Ghostery. A website may contain various types of tracking codes to find out your personal details, interests etc to deliver more optimized contents. Sometimes it is helpful for you to get location-based outputs. But in most of the cases, it will slow down your system and browsing. Ghostery will show whatever trackers are inserted in a website and the rest is up to yours.
Delete your entire browsing data with a single click. Click&Clean lets you clear all tracks, cache, cookies and other temporary files remain in the browser. So no one can trace your surfing activities at a later moment.
Malware scan is another main advantage of the extension. It will scan the system for spyware and junk files using third-party tools to ensure your browsing is safer, smoother.
12. Block site
Block any site by URL, keyword and other conditions you specified. Thus it will prevent your kids and family from accessing unwanted sites and redirecting them to predefined sites. When visiting a website, just right click on the page to add it to your blacklist.
What will you do if anyone tries to visit a blocked site by uninstalling the extension? It’s not possible here, as you can secure Block site extension using a password. So others can’t Uninstall it without your permission for browsing blocked websites.
13. Express VPN
Express VPN is a great extension to secure your online activities. It comes with DNS leak protection, location spoofing, and other security features to protect your sensitive information.
It prevents websites, third parties, and hackers from discovering your IP address and location. You can choose from 148 VPN server locations in 94 countries. It is easy to use, fast and lets you browse safely even on the public WiFi hotspots.
We often receive shortened web links via emails, social media messages, and various other sources. Once clicked, they will redirect you to the original sites and sometimes they may be malicious. Such visits will result in the leakage your confidential information or virus attack on the computer.
This extension automatically expands the link, scan and informs you whether the destination URL is safe to visit or not.
15. Avast Online Security
Avast Online Security is a free extension that automatically checks every website you visit, identifies phishing sites and automatically block them from stealing your data. It will also show website trust rating in search engine results to let you know the nature of the links.
The users can quickly check the rating of a website by hovering over the extension and rate it by thumbs up or down to inform others about the website security.