8 Must Have Chrome Extensions – Install Today
Updated June 19, 2019
Using a web browser, like Chrome, means much more than just surfing web pages, doing a bit of shopping. Check out these 8 must have Chrome extensions which can help secure your browsing, eliminate the need for several external tools, streamline workflow and enable you to do more with less. Read on….
8 Chrome Extensions-
Tired of ads on your Chrome browser? The Adblock Plus extension blocks advertisements and tracking cookies for enhanced privacy and speed. It is a popular ad-blocker for Chrome that’s easy to install and use. Its benefits are also immediate – just point your Chrome at a site that’s chockfull of ads and see a running count of everything that’s blocked. Besides, you’ll probably realize that most pages load far more quickly than they would if you allowed ads.
Adblock Plus is more than just blocking ads, it also has an extreme configurability. Whether you are keen on preventing the extension from running on a certain website or you’d like to use an entirely different set of ad blocking rules, Adblock Plus has tools that allow you to do that through its Options dials.
The extension supports Acceptable Ads initiative – these are non-intrusive ads that don’t interfere with your browsing experience. They are usually displayed to support sites that depend on advertising revenue while respecting your experience. But you can still turn off the Acceptable Ads if you do not wish to see them.
With Adblock Plus, you get to:
– Speed up web browsing by reducing page load times
– Block tracking
– Block known malware domains
– Block ads on your favorite platforms, including YouTube and Facebook
– Allow unobtrusive ads to support sites
As CNET puts it, this is the application you never knew you needed. Pushbullet allows you to bring together your friends, devices and other things that you care about. If you are the type that gets distracted with the smartphone easily, then this extension is a must-have, as it puts all your chats in your browser, including Facebook Messenger, Kik, WhatsApp, and even SMS texts. It also sends your notifications whenever you have a call or message – and when you dismiss them on your computer, they clear from your android phone too.
- Conveniently receive and send texts from your computer
- Reply to texts from different widely used apps like Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp and Kik
- Share files and links with friends or between your devices, with ease
- Chat from your desktop using the keyboard
- Open or share data or links with ease
- Deal with notifications on your desktop as they arrive
Never miss a notification
- View all phone notifications on your desktop
- Dismiss the notification on your desktop
- Subscribe to timely notifications on things that matter to you using Pushbullet Channels
ToDoist is a wonderful and simple project management tool created to help you do more, with less stress. With more than 10 million people using the extension, it’s undoubtedly one of the most popular platforms on Google. The extension allows you to create a well organized and impressive to-do list across all your devices. The best part about ToDoist is that you get to view your to-do list as well as your team’s shared lists, and even add a task to it without the need of opening a separate app, device or tab.
Find a video you’d love to watch? Save it in the extension so you can view it later on. Writing a piece of content in Google Docs? Save it as a task to avoid wasting time when you are ready to proceed. Find an article you want to come back to? Save it in ToDoist. There’s so much more you can do with this extension.
All you have to do is click on the ToDoist icon on your browser, and you will have access to your entire task list. Hit the “add website as a task” tab and the extension will save the page’s URL. The best part is you can save tasks even faster – just highlight the text that interests you, right-click and choose “Add to ToDoist” option from the menu to form a new job in your inbox.
With ToDoist, you can:
- Manage all your tasks from your browser – it lets your view, add, complete, organize and delegate work from the browser
- Plan ahead and never miss a deadline
- Manage your tasks remotely – even offline
- Collaborate seamlessly
- Organize and prioritize your work
- Stay motivated and productive
- Enhance your productivity with premium
- Save URLs as tasks
With the Full Page Screen Capture, you can screenshot the entire webpage with one click and download it as a JPG or PDF. This extension does not require any special permission – just install it on your Chrome, and click its icon to grab the screen. You can also hit Alt+Shift+P as a shortcut. Full Page Screen captures each part of the page and transports it to a new tab where you can download the screenshot as PDF or an image or even drag it to your desktop.
This extension has no ads, bloat or unnecessary permissions – it’s just an easy way to turn an entire webpage into an image. And thanks to the advanced screen capture technology, you can now handle the most complex pages with inner scrollable components along with embedded iFrames.
The extension must scroll to all the visible parts to capture a complete page, so you may need to be a little patient as it collects all the pieces.
With the Full Page Screen Capture extension, you can:
- Save what you see on a web page as an image
- Capture the entire page
- Save time as it’s fast, reliable and easy to use
- Export your results to JPEG, PNG or different PDF paper sizes – which you can configure from the extension’s options.
Rapportive is a Gmail extension for Chrome that reveals more details about your contacts. It searches for information about a contact on different social networks including LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and uses this to generate a neat profile that informs you about a person than you might know under normal circumstances. By linking your own LinkedIn, Google and Facebook contacts accounts, the profiles can even be more detailed and useful.
The Rapportive sidebar that pops in your email displays your contact’s image as well as location information. It provides links to any social account they have along with shortcuts that let you view previous correspondence or send messages. You also get some space to write down notes about a contact, which is incredible for noting down ideas and thoughts and also keep tabs on critical dates.
The best part is that your contact’s information shows up by default and does not need them to sign up for any extra services. The extension compiles a social graph as per their email address and the networks they’re on and presents them to you without you ever having to sweat.
With Rapportive, you get to:
- One-click access to your contacts social networks
- View the last things your contacts posted or tweeted by hovering over their social network handles
- Know how to start a conversation with contacts thanks to their statuses
- Comment on your contact’s Facebook update
- Get rich social contact profiles
If you are the kind who gets distracted while working, this Chrome extension could be just what you need. StayFocusd allows you to plan your time on particular sites so you can clear distractions when you need to get things done. Since it’s highly customizable, you can allocate 30 minutes on Facebook and only 10 minutes on Twitter or vice versa, among other things.
The extension packs neat features such as the Require Challenge, which ensures that you complete a challenge before going back to change some settings after setting time limits on websites.
So, basically, the extension is designed to enhance your productivity by restricting the amount of time you spend on time-wasting sites. It is Google Chrome’s productivity extension that helps you stay focused on what’s important. Once your budgets time is exhausted, the websites you have blocked won’t be accessible until the day ends.
With StayFocusd, you get to:
- Stay focused on work
- Stay productive the rest of the day
- Save time and energy that you’d waste on doing things that don’t matter
- Block time-wasting websites
If you are still writing your login details on paper or trying to memorize them, (or worse yet, using one password for all your accounts), you should stop whatever it is you think you are doing and download LastPass immediately. Writing down a password is not only dangerous, but it’s also risky – what happens if the book gets lost or someone steals it? You also cannot depend on your memory at all times – with so many things to take care of, remembering all passwords will be the least of your mind’s worries. And using the same passwords for all sites – who does that?
LastPass is an incredible and free password manager and password generator that stores your login credentials in an encrypted LastPass vault. From your secure vault, you can keep logins and passwords, generate strong passwords, create online shopping profiles, monitor personal details in notes, and so much more. Your only task will be to remember your LastPass master password – every other password will fill automatically when you click on a site.
With LastPass, you can:
- Protect your online information
- Use it across all your devices, including tablets, phones, and computers free of charge
- Save login credentials for all your online accounts
- Do away with the stress of having to remember passwords whenever you want to visit apps and sites
- Sync all your devices
- Securely save critical information in your LastPass encrypted vault
HTTPS is a Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with top sites to make your online activities more secure. A majority of websites provide some limited encryption support over HTTPS but make it hard to use. For example, they may stuff encrypted pages with links that point to an unencrypted website or default to the unencrypted site.
HTTPS Everywhere takes care of such issues by leveraging a smart technology to rewrite requests to these sites to HTTPS. So basically, the extension switches thousands of websites from insecure “HTTP” to secure HTTPS” to keep you safe from different kinds of account hijacking and surveillance, as well as some types of censorship.
With HTTPS Everywhere, you can:
- Encrypt your connections to protect your online activities
- Prevent a proxy from injecting content into your site
The first step when it comes to security is choosing dependable hosting with a proven commitment to security, whether shared, reseller, VPS or dedicated. After that, making sure you’ve deployed SSL on your account, so that communications are encrypted and secured for your visitors. This includes email and web browser page requests alike.
These are only eight examples of must-have Chrome extensions to install today; however, putting them into play can save you time, keep you on task, make recurring tasks easier and generally take the grunt work out of many daily activities.
The Google Chrome web store provides a range of different tools for different purposes, including productivity, security, SEO, social media, new tab, blogging, and content sourcing. What’s more, all these extensions are free and available to download.