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6 Google Chrome Extensions You Shouldn't Live Without

There is no better feeling than turning on a brand new computer for the first time. You fire it up and make your new login, basking in the glory of a completely empty desktop. Maybe this time you’ll actually make good on your promise not to clutter it up.

After this moment of bliss, you click on the program that has always been there for you in this time of need: Google Chrome.

In a world where the internet is slowly becoming a commodity, choosing the best browser has become increasingly important. Since 2012, Google Chrome has been the number one browser for consumers due to its simplicity and speed.

What many people don’t know, though, is that the Chrome team has a wide arsenal of add-ons and extensions that can enhance your browsing experience.

For the person who uses Google Chrome every day, whether it be for casual browsing or work, there is an add-on or extension for you! Here’s some of our favorites.

Momentum

For those who need a little motivation or pick-me-up throughout the day, Momentum transforms the New Tab page of your browser into an interactive personal dashboard. Anywhere from a customizable greeting, quote of the day or a simple to-do list, Momentum is meant to keep you feeling refreshed and remind of your day to day tasks.

StayFocused

If you spend a lot of time on your computer at work, it can be easy to get distracted and off task. StayFocused helps you do just that, stay focused. Users allocate a time allowance for specific sites they tend to waste time on, and StayFocused blocks the site as soon as the time limit is reached. We all get distracted sometimes, so it’s nice to have something accountable to get you back on track.

Web of Trust

A lot of us fall victim to “fake news” and phishing sites as we browse the web. It can be hard to decipher whether or not a website is completely trustworthy. Web of Trust rates websites using a color coded system to show how trustworthy a site truly is. This provides an extra layer of defense to make sure that the link or website you click on won’t harm your computer.

Blur

Having a hard time keeping up with all of your passwords? Maybe it’s time to check out Blur, a Chrome extension that manages your passwords, keeps emails anonymous and masks credit card purchases. In light of recent events regarding sensitive data being stolen, this extra layer of protection might put your mind at ease. It even generates and stores strong passwords to use for every log in you make, ensuring that all of your passwords are unique and impossible to crack.

The Great Suspender

Most people use tabs to improve their productivity. Did you know that tabs tend to drain your PC’s memory resources? With the Great Suspender add-on, your tabs are monitored and the memory is unloaded once you stop using the tab for a while. Once you need to return to the tab, it reloads automatically, saving memory without you even knowing it.

AdBlock Plus

Ads can be so annoying. Unfortunately, they won’t be going away any time soon. One of the best ways to keep your browser free of advertisements is AdBlock Plus, one of the most popular and effective ad blockers online. It’s easy to use and it runs in the background, doing all the work for you. No longer will you find yourself silently cursing at your computer every time an ad pops up.

Google Chrome has an extensive amount of add-ons and extensions made for almost every internet user. Take a little time to check some of them out and you might be surprised at what you find. There’s a reason Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, why not take full advantage of it?

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