Browser extensions can improve a web browser's functionality significantly. They can improve a user's workflow on the web or add information to the browser that would otherwise not be directly accessible.
When you look at popular extensions you will notice that they differ considerable between browsers. The most popular Firefox extensions for instance are all about ad blocking, security, downloading and web development, while Chrome users like ad blocking, lookup extensions, notifiers and extensions that simplify day to day surfing.
Simplifying day to day surfing extensions are also making the top list of Opera extensions along with adblocking and notification extensions.
Lets take a look at the top 10 extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.
The Chrome Web Store offers no option to sort extensions by popularity.
The following extensions were popular in 2012. Some are still popular and available while other
At least one adblocker is among the top 10 in all three browsers. That's however the only similarity you will find. The Opera and Chrome top 10 list no security related extensions, while the Firefox top 10 contains two. Opera is the only browser that offers speed dial / new tab page extensions, and four have made it into the top 10.
Are Chrome users more casual and less into security? Or are Firefox users downloading security related extensions because their browser is not as secure as Chrome?
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