Chrome browser extensions that focus on privacy and security
Google is ramping up security in the Chrome browser. Now if an extension tries to hijack and change browser settings, users will be immediately notified. Also, extensions with bundled features which have been installed without users’ knowledge can now be deleted with a single click. Also, Chrome will scan through all extensions and alert users if it comes across anything harmful. These features make Chrome more secure. But when it comes to securing your web browsing sessions, you will need a third-party extension.
Here are some security-related extensions you can download right away.
Incognito mode can only keep your browsing sessions private to an extent. Your ISP can still see your online activities. In case you want to plug that hole, you can add a VPN extension to your browser. Tunnel Bear VPN for Chrome can secure all your online communication on the browser by sending them through its encrypted servers located in over 20 countries. This will not only keep your data secure but will also keep advertisers at bay. You can also use it to get past websites that are blocked in your country due to geographical restrictions.
Developed by EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and Tor project, HTTPS Everywhere switches an unencrypted webpage to the more secure HTTPS protocol. So if an encrypted website carries links that go back to an unencrypted webpage, this extension will rewrite requests to these sites to HTTPS by blocking insecure elements from the page. You can identify a webpage secured by it by looking at the HTTPS icon in the URL tab or the S icon at the right side of the web page.
Your browser provides the option to save usernames and passwords for your social media accounts, email clients and banking accounts so you won’t have to type them again. If you don’t want to keep these on the browser, you can use the True Key extension by Intel Security. It is a password manager which keeps usernames and passwords for multiple websites and social media platforms on a secure and encrypted server. Users can log into any website and account by simply logging into the True Key account and they can use facial recognition technology for it.
Avast Online Security
Scanning webpages for malicious content is available on a lot of anti-virus solutions. In case your anti-virus tool doesn’t support it, you can add an anti-virus extension on the web browser. Popular anti-virus company Avast’s Online Security tool can scan every webpage and identify and prevent phishing sites from stealing your personal data such as saved password in the browser. It also provides rating for websites based on how secure they are. It can also block cookies trying to track your browsing data.
Developed by Adguard.com, this extension can make your browsing experience smooth and hassle-free by blocking ads from webpages, video ads in YouTube and unwanted pop-ups. Most of these ads are placed to disrupt the browsing experience and get users to click on them even if they do not want to. It can also block ad trackers, which stalk your browsing sessions to bombard you with more appropriate ads. It allows users to check the number of ads blocked by it.