For Chrome newbies, consider this your extensions starter pack. If you’re a Chrome power user, you’ll no doubt be familiar with some of these, but you might learn about some you’ve never heard of before. Once you try any one of these extensions, you won’t know how you lived without them.
1. The Great Suspender
If you install but one extension on this list, make it The Great Suspender. As great as Chrome is, it’s a bit of a memory hog, which contributes to slower performance and poor battery life for laptop users. This magical extension pauses unused tabs after a user-specified amount of time, saving precious RAM.
If you have a computer with, say, 4GB of RAM or less, this extension will change — and by “change” we mean “speed up” — your life.
The problem with passwords is that you have too many of them. For that reason, you probably make them all the same or similar, which is easier to remember, but less secure. LastPasssolves both of these problems. It generates and remembers nearly impossible-to-crack passwords for each site that requires a login, all managed through one master password you choose.
LastPass had a security vulnerability earlier this summer (user passwords are encrypted, though, so those were safe), but until a truly more secure method of authentication is determined (think biometrics), it’s still the best solution
Like emoji, GIFs have become an essential part of the Internet zeitgeist, but it can be a pain to find the exact one to impress all your friends with your vast internet skills. Giphy makes that a lot simpler by integrating a simple Gif search tool right in your browser.
With the death of Google Reader in 2013, Feedly quickly rose to take up Reader’s mantle. For news junkies and those who need to keep up with a particular subject area, Feedly is essential. It compiles all your favorite sources into categorized feeds and a small icon at the bottom right of each page lets you add a feed to Feedly. It’s RSS, but better.
Grammarly is spell check, but better. It offers contextual spell check and grammar advice, so if you’re the sort to get your “its” and “it’s” mixed up (definitely not this reporter nope no way), this extension will save you scores of embarrassment. If you’re willing to shell out for a premium Grammarly membership, the extension will even suggest better vocab and check for plagiarism.
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