The Most Popular Extensions for Google Chrome – Best Add Ons
Looking for the very best extensions to kit out your Google Chrome browser? Our list includes all the best add ons for security, privacy, style, and convenience.
What is a browser without extensions? It’s basically a shell of what it could be. Extensions allow you to unlock all those juicy features that your stock browser didn’t come equipped with. Google Chrome is one of the most generous options on the market when it comes to compatibility of add ons. Of course, most developers want to ensure that their products work with the world’s most popular web browser.
If you’re not using the extensions in our list, then you’re seriously missing out. They’re all totally free to use and they take mere seconds to install. They’re a very effective way of blocking online trackers, shielding you from ads, allowing you to personalize the look of your browser, and more.
Have a look through our list of some of the most popular extensions for Google Chrome and get installing them now. We’ve inserted a link to the official website of each extension for your convenience. Without further ado…
The Best Extensions for Google Chrome
Our list is laid out in no particular order of preference, each extension has its own unique merits, so make sure that you read through all of them.
Adblock Plus is one of the most popular add ons on the web. It’s the most downloaded ad blocker and certainly one of the most effective as well. If you’re the kind of person who gets frustrated by people trying to sell you crap that you don’t need, then this extension is perfect for you.
Current figures show that more than 600 million people now use ad blockers when browsing online. People are sick of being bombarded by banners, pop ups, YouTube ads, and the like.
Adblock Plus will prevent you from seeing any banner ads, pop ups, or even YouTube ads. It makes browsing the web a much more satisfying experience and, frankly, we’re not sure how the hell we ever browsed without it.
This is another very popular extension that will make you more secure online. HTTPS Everywhere ensures that you have an encrypted connection to most websites. You may have noticed https: in the web address you visit – it’s a form of encryption, but many websites don’t use it. This extension ensures intercepts requests sent from your device to the websites you visit and rewrites them to ensure that https has been included.
The extension was created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in collaboration with The Tor Project. It works smoothly with Google Chrome as well as most other browsers (some of which it comes built into).
This is an essential add on that provides great security for you while you’re browsing online. You can install HTTPS Everywhere from here.
Voted Favorite Privacy Tool by the New York Times in 2016, 2017, and 2018, Disconnect has a hell of a reputation. This extension blocks online trackers from being able to spy on you.
There are thousands of companies dedicated to tracking your online activities. Every day, you’re likely to be exposed to dozens of trackers. They build an extremely detailed profile on you, including your name, date of birth, interests, web history, medical records, diet, and more.
This information is then sold on for advertising purposes… or sometimes more malevolent intentions. You have no control over who gets this data and what they’re allowed to do with it. With Disconnect, these trackers can’t follow your activities or build profiles about you. This greatly increases your privacy while online. What’s more, without trackers, webpages load up to 44% faster and you use less bandwidth.
Disconnect also blocks ads and provides you with web security tools. If you install it on iOS then you get a free VPN to top it all off. To install the Disconnect extension for Google Chrome, follow this link.
Evernote Web Clipper
Evernote is without doubt one of the best productivity apps out there. The Chrome extension allows you to save articles or snippets from news stories and save them for later. Simple functionality, great results. Your commutes will never be boring again and all those great ideas or recipes you were reading about the other day can still be at your fingertips to explore later on.
Evernote Web Clipper also allows you to annotate articles you save so that you can really get your own thoughts out onto paper. Finally, you can share them with other people quickly and easily to make sure that no one misses out on “Seven bathroom life hacks” or “What your cat thinks about you when you’re sleeping.”
The last one on our list is certainly one of the most useful. Grammarly is a godsend for all those who struggle to figure out where to put a comma. This add on works with Google Docs, as well as in Gmail, on Facebook, and elsewhere.
Simply put, Grammarly analyses everything that you write and then suggests corrections to improve your grammar and spelling. It’s like spell check on Microsoft Word, only instead of looking at your writing word by word, it actually takes into account context and tense to ensure that your writing is spot on.
This is probably one of the most convenient extensions available (we love using it), so give it a try. You can install Grammarly here.
We hope you’re now more confident about which extensions to add on to your Google Chrome browser. You can install all of them direct from the links provided – they only take a few seconds to install and they’ll completely overhaul your privacy and security while online.
More than that, they’re all easy to use, free, and convenient. Have a go now and let us know what you think.