Tag Archives | Google Chrome extensions

Google launched the first version of its Chrome web browser in 2008 and it has taken the world in storm shortly thereafter. The browser was initially only available for Windows and limited in comparison to Firefox, Opera or even Internet Explorer. This changed over the course of the first year when versions for Mac and Linux were made available.

Features were added to Chrome by Google, and one of the most important additions was the extensions engine that copied Firefox’s successful add-ons feature. While not as powerful as the Firefox counterpart, it added to the success of Chrome as developers started to add features to the browser using the extensions engine.

Extensions are an integral part of Google Chrome these days and thousands are available for download at the Chrome web store. They still are limited in terms of what they are allowed to manipulate in the browser. It is for instance not possible to change the design of the browser using extensions.

Below is a selection of top extensions for Chrome that we have reviewed in the past and the list of all extensions that we have reviewed.

chrome extensions issue

You have probably read about the fake Adblock Plus extension that 37000 Chrome users installed before it was removed by Google after it was reported to the company. The verification system of the Chrome Web Store is automated which means that any extension that passes automatic validation will be published in the store. Google won't […]


cato chrome commands

Cato is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that adds a command interface to the browser to control Chrome with supported commands. The extension reminds me of Mozilla's Ubiquity project (which the organization dropped after a promising start). Cato's functionality is a lot lighter than the functionality that Ubiquity provided though; don't expect it […]


chrome extension crypto miner

Google's automatic verification system for Chrome extension uploads to the official Chrome Web Store is a wreck; less than a day after the Steam Inventory Helper incident, another Chrome extension was found to abuse user trust by using user systems for crypto currency mining. The most recent version of Steam Inventory Helper transfers any page […]


steam inventory helper

A recent update for the popular Google Chrome extension Steam Inventory Helper added a monitoring component to the extension that monitors the browsing activity. Steam Inventory Helper is a popular Chrome extension for the gaming platform Steam that improves inventory management, trading, buying, and selling. It is particularly popular with CounterStrike Global Offensive players, but […]


cloudflare edge pass

If you connect to the Tor network or VPN services regularly, you may have noticed an increase in CloudFlare captcha challenges whenever you are connected to these networks. Depending on which sites you visit, to which network you are connected, and how the site is configured, you may need to solve captchas quite often, and […]


windows 10 accounts

Windows 10 Accounts is a browser extension by Microsoft for Google Chrome that improves the sign in process in Chrome for supported websites and services. Google Chrome is the world's most web browser, and the majority of Windows users use Google Chrome and not the Microsoft browser's Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. While Microsoft tried […]


canvas defender

Canvas Defender is a free add-on for Firefox and Chrome that manipulates the canvas fingerprint to protect against canvas fingerprinting. Canvas Fingerprinting uses the HTML5 Canvas element. The Canvas element may be used to draw graphics on a web page, and it is supported by all major web browsers. The fingerprinting makes use of the […]


center image viewer

Center Image is a free browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser that changes the design of the browser's image viewer to that of the Firefox web browser. The default image viewer of Google Chrome displays images in the top left corner of the screen on a white background. While functional, the layout and […]


context

Context is a browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser that enables you to create extension groups that you can switch between easily. If you run a certain number of extensions in Chrome, chance is quite high that you don't make use of them all the time. Maybe you are running extensions that modify […]


office online

While Google is ignoring Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system largely when it comes to company applications, Microsoft's change in business strategy has seen the release of several non-Windows applications in the recent past. The latest addition to the growing number of applications is Office Online, a browser extension for Google Chrome to improve how Office […]


lookup words

Nifty is a brand new extension for the Google Chrome browser -- and compatible browsers -- that provides you with options to look up words or phrases found on any websites using select Internet services. Even if you are proficient in a language, you may stumble upon words from time to time that you don't […]


privacy enabled chrome

Most Internet users know that they are tracked when they are online. Common forms include scripts that run on sites, social buttons, or analytic software. Users interested in tracking, for instance to protect themselves better, know of other tracking methods such as fingerprinting. While those tracking methods are still widely used, research has been underway […]


metascan online scanner chrome

It is often a good idea to scan downloads using online virus scanners as a first line of defense before the download is canned by local antivirus solutions. Online scanners offer several advantages over local scanners, for instance that several support dozens of antivirus engines or that it is not necessary to download and install […]


chrome spaces extension

Google Chrome offers barely any management features when it comes to tabs and windows that are open in the browser. While it is fairly easy to create new windows and tabs, keeping an overview of everything that is open is quite tedious due to a lack of management options. Spaces is a Google Chrome extensions […]


youtube watched flag

The video portal YouTube keeps track of watched videos automatically and indicates those with a watched flag so that they are easier to differentiate. The core issue that many users have with it is that the watched flag is not shown at all times and not indefinitely on certain pages. While all watched videos show […]