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March 29, 2017

Best Chrome Extensions

An extension can sharpen up and enhance your browsing experience.

By Tom Ball

The popularity of Google Chrome has soared in recent years; earning it the mantle of one of the most well used and liked Web browser options available worldwide. Low clutter and a distinctive, professional look have contributed to the desirability, as well as important current components such as the ability to sync with mobile devices. This popular and well-known service can however be honed to suit your preferences more closely with the use of a Google Chrome extensions.

Chrome extensions can be used to add functionality to your browser; an extension could for example make it easier to integrate other services by attaching websites or note-taking tools. An extension could also grant the ability to condense multiple tabs into a single tab, or for the ability to modify content, such as locating and alerting you to cheapest options when purchasing online.

There is an even an extension included in this list that will help to keep easily distracted people glued to the task at hand, instead of straying away to frivolously spend valuable time.

 

Unshorten.link

Unshorten.link works by expanding those links that do not display the full address, meaning that on sight you cannot be certain of the actual destination that the link will take you to.

Not only does this make a link easier to use and work with, but it also has a security benefit, as those mysterious looking links could potentially misdirect a user to a hostile cyber environment.

Best Chrome Extensions

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The software goes further in the security department than to simply shorten the link, but it actually screens a link to some extent, notifying the user of the extension if a Web destination is associated with tracking cookies or malware. The extension will remove known tracking cookies from the URL itself.

If these are problems you notice you have suffered from as a Google Chrome user, Unshorten.link is available to download online for free.

 

Save to Google Drive

Google Drive is a service launched in 2012 that allows users to store files in the cloud, and also to synchronise files across separate devices. This platform also allows users to share files.

Best Chrome Extensions

Save to Google Drive is exemplary of a simple extension, and it does what it says on the tin. Using a right-click menu, the user is armed with the ability to efficiently save HTML 5 audio, video, images and web pages directly to the cloud. After the files are saved, the user can go and manipulate the location and the format.

The extension has been credited for working seamlessly for moving files between the Drive and other destinations. Using the service is comparable to taking a screenshot, but instead of just the image within the confines of the screen, the entire page is saved.

 

Do you get distracting by social media? Strict Workflow may be the extension for you

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