Google chrome is the most popular browser out there. It is the first choice for anyone who wants to install a browser. Due to it’s simple attractive interface and fast load speed, it is loved by many. As this is developed by Google itself, chrome is preferred to access services like Gmail, Google drive, Google plus and such. Moreover, chrome offers a wide range of extensions that are embedded within the browser. There are thousands of extensions you can choose for various services. Among many services, today we will take a look at extensions that will help maintain security online. I have prepared a list of 10 best security extensions for google chrome for 2018. But before that;
Why do we need these Extensions?
Internet is the interconnection between millions of networks. Because of the Internet we can access various range of service and functionalities online. We spend so much of our time browsing the internet and accessing those services that cyber world has become our next home. But, we know everything is not perfect.
When there is a good, there certainly exists evil. Cyberworld is repeatedly hit by various ranges of cybercrimes. Due to the rise on the cybercrime, online security is becoming more and more important. So, enabling security features within our browser extension can be a better option to maintain our privacy and security online.
Let’s start our list:
There are many sites that provide service to shorten links. These links are quite handy cause you don’t have to put the full link everywhere. But, these links can be used to trick people to click on malicious websites. Such sites remain hidden inside those links.
With, Unshorten.link you can expand any short links and have a look at the source of that link. With this, you can avoid phishing sites or malicious link.
You click on a shortened link, and a whole page pops up displaying the expanded URL in easy-to-read glorious color. Then, you can click the expanded URL or just close the pop-up if your curiosity is assured. Also, easy to mouse-drag-select the expanded URL, and copy it without necessarily opening it.
Piracy Badger is all about preventing online trackers and invisible ads. While you browse the web, a tracker sticks with you while you browse site after then it collects that data about your interests and so on. Those data are used without your consent and you don’t even know such data is collected.
Privacy Badger is a very helpful extension that checks if you are followed by such trackers or not. If it sees the same domain tracking you through three other websites then it blocks such domain.I highly recommend this extension as it helps maintain your right to privacy.
Developed by BitDefender, traffic light offers a security layer to your browsing experience. It is a real time malware scanner. While you browse the web, it checks those sites for malware in bitdefender cloud. And, if this extension notices any malware and phishing attempts then it blocks those websites. It is like an antivirus, embedded inside your browser. As bitDefender is a popular antivirus software, I highly recommend this security extension.
Another similar security extension on this list is from Avast. Similar to traffic light , it scans sites for malwares/scams or phishing attempts. Other features includes , a rating for websites so that we know what kind of site we are visiting. You yourself can ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumps down’ to let other people know your experience on a site. Moreover, this extension also blocks cookies that tracks you will browsing the web.
While browsing any website, you see suppose “http://example.com”
HTTP (Hyper-Text-Transfer-Protocol) is the set of rules that govern how files are transferred in the World Wide Web. Https is the encrypted version of http. It is the secure version and more and more websites are switching to https.
Lots of websites support https but they don’t use it as default.You can use this extension to go through the secure https route. It automatically loads https route if available
Password Alert is an extension developed by Google themselves. This is developed to so that you will be notified if you enter your Google account in any phishing site. When notified, you can immediately change your login details.
Google accounts are widely used and there linger many scammers that scam people to login with their details in a Phishing site. I highly recommend this plugin as it is developed by Google themselves.
There are some many websites out there and so many services. We have to create a separate account for each site and many times we forget what username and password we used. So, there comes a necessity to store such sensitive data in trusted hands. That’s when Dashlane comes into play.
Dashlane is the most popular Password Manager in the market. It is a trusted extension used by over 8 million users which lets you store your passwords in it’s security vault. Only you can access that vault. And, it will even let you log in automatically to your saved accounts. Using this plugin, you can create unique passwords for different accounts and won’t have to worry about anything. I highly recommend this security plugin.
Blur’s motto is simple, “Protect your Passwords, Payments, and Privacy”. It has some features similar to Dashlane but also offers other range of security services. You can auto-generate a unique password for your account.
The main feature includes a safe payment process online. With Blur you don’t have to worry about getting your credit card details stolen in a hack. It also helps you against ad trackers and spam cookies.
This is a very handy tool with lots of useful utilities inside. This tool checks for malware , deletes history & cookies, erases temporary files and so on. There are many security and performance tweaks inside this extension. However, the best part about this is it’s simple Click interface.
Every utility can be accessed in a single click which makes it as an easy to use and a very handy chrome extension. I highly recommend this.
This is a very commonly used extension and a must have during some circumstances. AdBlock blocks any ads, popups , malwares of a website. This extension can be controversial cause blocking simple ads from a site won’t let content creators to earn from your visit.
In the AdBlock, you have the option to disable it in certain sites. Many times while browsing unknown sites, you will get hit by multiple intrusive and annoying ads and most of those ads , tend to have spammy links attached and can cause a serious damage. AdBlock helps to defend yourself from such sites.
Many of the content creators online do not have such annoying ads which is why it is very important to support them by disabling AdBlock on their website.
This is it for my list of best security extensions for google chrome. I will be doing more of these in near future so be in touch.
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