Anti-Paywall is a new browser extension for Firefox and Chrome designed to bypass website paywalls automatically when pages of supported sites are visited. Paywall systems are designed to keep anyone but subscribers from accessing certain content on the Internet. Especially newspaper sites use the feature to limit access to content, and to entice visitors to […]
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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.
SiteDelta Watch and SiteDelta Highlight are two WebExtensions for Firefox and Chrome that add website monitoring functionality to the browser. Both check a site for changes and notify you about them, and the core difference between the two is that Watch does so automatically and Highlight only on connect. Monitoring web pages can improve workflows. […]
Invideo for YouTube is a browser extension for Google Chrome that adds video text search options to the video streaming website. While you can use the search on YouTube to find videos, search results are limited to matching video titles, descriptions and other data that is entered when a video is uploaded to the site. […]
Privacy Pass is a new browser extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome to reduce the number of captchas that legitimate users get when they access CloudFlare protected properties on the Web. CloudFlare protects a large part of the Internet, and that is why the company's captcha solutions designed to determine whether a visitor is […]
Bandwidth Hero is a free extension for Chrome and Firefox that compresses images before they are sent to the browser that requested them. Images can make up quite a large chunk of a web page. This depends on a number of factors, for instance the type of site, and whether the webmaster has optimized the […]
Audio Channel is a free extension for the Google Chrome web browser that gives you better control over audio playback in the web browser. If you play audio or video content on the web, you may have noticed that audio playback may differ quite a bit between services, and even between media on the same […]
I'm not sure if things get worse by the day when it comes to the Chrome extensions system and Store, or if things have been bad all along and are publicized more frequently in these days. Several popular Chrome extensions were hijacked back in July and August 2017, and then updated to push ads and […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]