Top 10 Google Chrome Security Extensions You Must Have

Top 10 Google Chrome Security Extensions You Must Have

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Google Chrome Web browser has been on top of the list having around 65% of total usage share among all the web browsers. One reason for its popularity is the number of extensions it supports. Google Chrome enhances your browsing experience by effectively managing your tasks and has been the go-to browser for everyone.

Besides productivity and user experience, Google Chrome also knows the importance of your security and privacy, and hence it has a bunch of security extensions in its arsenal. Following are the top 10 security extensions you should definitely try out.

1. HTTPS Everywhere

Nowadays, almost all websites use encryption such as SSL or TLS. This helps to protect visitors from data leak and also rank the website higher in search results. However, some of the websites still use the insecure HTTP protocol.

HTTPS Everywhere extension turn all the insecure HTTP websites into secure HTTPS one which adds an extra layer of security. This Chrome extension will automatically try to connect to HTTPS version of a website if possible. But sometimes it will give privacy error to sites that work only on HTTP version. For them, you have to disable the extension.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Download: HTTPS Everywhere

2. Adblock Plus

Are you tired of seeing unnecessary and irritating ads on websites? If yes, then you must download and install Adblocker Plus extension. This is one of the world’s most popular adblockers. More than blocking suspicious ads, it also lets you have control on the internet, block viruses and stop tracking.

Adblock Plus has introduced a new feature called Acceptable Ads(AA). This feature does not block ads which are non-intrusive and are a part of a website’s advertising revenue. However, you can disable this feature to block all the ads running on a website.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Download: Adblock Plus

3. Unshorten.link

Hackers or spammers usually make use of URL shortener services to shorten and hide the malicious URL they created. Shortened URLs are used to either short the lengthy URL or to hide it intentionally. The latter is dangerous.

Although you can manually check the shortened URL but Unshorten.link does that for you and saves precious time. Once installed on the browser, whenever you click on any shortened link, it redirects to Unshorten.link’s page where it clearly displays the long-form URL and the destination of URL. This extension also removes tracking cookies from the URL.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)

Download: Unshorten.link

4. Blur

Blur is by far the most advanced password manager of all. It is not just a password manager but manages your payments and privacy.

Blur generates strong random passwords for each new account and allows to auto-fill the login information for your convenience. You can shop online without even giving out your real credit card information. Blur masks the credit cards by letting you pay using new disposable credit cards. It blocks tracking that doesn’t even rely on cookies which is more better than private browsing.

Blur comes in two versions, a free and premium one. The free version offers password manager, mask emails and blocks tracking. The premium version adds mask credit cards, private masked phone numbers and sync option.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Download: Blur

5. Click&Clean

Click&Clean is a go-to cleaning tool which deletes all your online surfing as well as private data with just a single click. This comes handy if you want to remove all your online data from the browser immediately. It has a user interface like windows operating system, which is pleasing to the eye. However, it does not just appear good but provides several options such as —

  • Clear cache data and cookies
  • Delete typed URLs
  • Remove download and browsing history
  • Delete client-side Web SQL Databases
  • Remove Flash Cookies (LSOs)
  • Erase temporary files

It also scans PC for malware, scans the hard drives to free up more storage space. All this is done by just clicking a single button.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Download: Click&Clean

6. Panic Button

One-click extensions are becoming more popular due to their convenience from a security point of view. One such extension is Panic Button.

You are browsing something private and have many tabs open. Suddenly you need to hide all of the tabs. Simply click on the Panic Button extension. This hides all of your tabs at once by clicking on a button. These tabs are saved as bookmarks in a separate folder. Later, when you want to restore them, click on the extension button again.

However, if you don’t want to restore the hidden tabs, delete the “temporary Panic” folder in Chrome’s “Other bookmarks”-folder.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Download: Panic Button

7. Ghostery

If you don’t want websites to track your location by using trackers or want to speed up your browsing, Ghostery is the perfect extension you need. Ghostery extension has a dashboard to view and block all the trackers of a website. You can choose which trackers to block or unblock. It also has a built-in ad blocker which blocks all the ads appearing on a website for better user experience.

Ghostery’s smart blocking feature automatically blocks and unblocks the trackers to speed up page loads and optimize page performance.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Download: Ghostery

8. Team Password

Team Password is a great extension for teams working in collaboration. This extension allows sharing access to the apps, services and tools your team needs. When a team member leaves the project, you don’t want him to have access to the services or login information anymore, Team Password removes his access in 1 step. Also if a new member joins the team, it adds him in just 2 steps.

Team Password provides Google sign-in feature as well as one-click access to logins for uninterrupted workflow.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Download: Team Password

9. No Script

JavaScript programming language plays a vital role in developing dynamic websites. It is, however, turning out to be an easy way for hackers to infect your browser and system by embedding malicious scripts. If you completely disable the javascript, it will decrease the functionality such as pop-ups won’t show up, comments won’t load and videos won’t work.

The solution for this problem is No Script extension. This extension allows Java, JavaScript, Flash and other executable content to load for only the sites you trust. For all other sites, these content will be blocked. It helps to prevent us from attacks such as Cross-site scripting(XSS), Cross-site Request Forgery(CSRF) and clickjacking.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Download: No Script

10. FlowCrypt: Encrypt Gmail with PGP

This Chrome extension works with Gmail. If you use Gmail to send and receive emails and want to send sensitive information to someone, you can do it using FlowCrypt extension. This extension provides end-to-end encryption to Gmail users. Once installed, it adds a new Secure Compose button to Gmail. It uses PGP encryption to encrypt your emails.

PGP encryption uses both symmetric and asymmetric key encryption. this makes it more secure against any cracking attempts.

Ratings on Chrome Web Store: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Download: FlowCrypt

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Final Thoughts

Surfing the web has become a nightmare as the cyberattacks are rising continuously. But if you use the above security extensions, you can protect your online privacy and security. We have missed out a lot of other security extensions but these are a must.

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