5 Must Have Chrome Extensions to Instantly Improve Your Life
It’s no joke that we spend a lot of our free time procrastinating on the interweb and hence it makes sense that we use the best surfboard for web-surfing out there - Chrome.
As the world of 'Internet Explorer memes' has demonstrated, Google Chrome dominates the browser industry with a 66% worldwide share among computers and so naturally, capable developers have spent hours developing extensions for the browser, providing useful features to make it even better and for you to be productive instead of watching cat videos on YouTube all day.
Humans have been finding ingenious ways of protecting themselves since the Stone Age; using caves to hide themselves from unknown predators, sharpening their rocky tools to fend off beasts. Today, in 2018, we find ourselves in a similar position but the 'threats' that we face aren't physical ones, rather virtual. Most of us are heavy users of the internet and so it's integral that we protect our online identity.
Luckily, it isn't really difficult to do so.
Have you ever noticed a little, green padlock on the left corner of your search bar? That just means that the site is secure because it's using HTTPS which is 'HTTP Secure' instead of plain old, unencrypted HTTP. This plugin forces all the links that you click on to go to the secure version of the webpage, thereby making a safe tunnel from your computer to the site so that no one can see the data being sent back and forth.
Ask yourself right now, are all your passwords secure? Are you sure that someone who knows you really well can't guess it? If your answer is no then you're in dire need of this extension. It does one of the most frustrating tasks on the internet for us - think up passwords when registering for an online service.
Don't worry, it doesn't save them on some secret NSA server; all the computation is done on your computer to produce the strongest passkeys you can use. And the best thing about it? You can choose to save all the passwords generated in the past by your browser to view them anytime.
Now the only thing left is to remember the thing itself.
When it comes to surfing the internet, it's not really up to you to decide how you want different websites to look like. If you don't find a website particularly aesthetic then there really isn't anything you can do... but what if you could?
This is exactly what Stylish aims to accomplish - with over thousands of user submitted styles with beautiful themes and backgrounds spanning over a huge collection of websites, you can control how each and every one of them looks according to your preference. You can even easily create your own custom theme if you have some basic knowledge of CSS to give any site a touch of yourself.
We've all had days when we see something around us that we aspire to change whether it be people living in poverty, women being harassed, millions of shelter animals being euthanized every year et al., and so we yearn to do something about it. But how? Managing that day job / school gets in the way of your quest to ameliorate these global crises. Thankfully, all you really need to do is download this extension.
It generates revenue using ads placed on a beautiful, customizable new tab in place of the boring, default one. These funds are donated to various causes such as ecology restoration, school infrastructure, lighting of rural homes etc. Each click will be translated into the betterment of the society and Flutur will definitely bring you the satisfaction of being a responsible member of this world.
Last but not least, this extension is a gift for all the fast typers on the interweb or the ones who aren't going to be the next Shakespeare anytime soon. As the name implies, it's a gramme--I mean, grammar checker that will intelligently detect all your typographical errors and will even provide small pop-ups with subtle pieces of advice such as better word choices or punctuation placement to really make your work stand out.
While some features are disabled unless you purchase the Premium package, it's still helpful for normal, everyday editing / writing.
Your resume as an English instructor will definitely be accepted.
Hope you find these extensions useful. You can find more of them here.