Five Chrome extensions for better browsing

Free Google Chrome extensions to improve users' Internet experience. Photo: Single Brooke

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2013 – The Internet is the number one invention that changed the world, according to Live Science. People spend countless hours scanning just the surface of the massive database of knowledge. Google, the most popular search engine, receives over four billion search queries a day. Over the past decade, the Internet has gotten faster, vaster, and has opened the door to opportunities that would be impossible without it.

In order to have a better browsing experience, Google Chrome created extensions. Think of extensions as decoration on a cake. The cake is fine without it but everything is better with sprinkles. Extensions are extra features that can be added to the browser to perform certain tasks or functions. Many extensions are free on Chrome’s Web Store but some do require payment. Below are five of the best free Chrome extensions to improve a user’s Internet experience.


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WiseStamp

Whether it’s for a family business or personal Gmail, everyone needs a great email signature. Create one in WiseStamp for free! A user can create their own style for their signature with their logo and social profile buttons or use one of the already created templates. Then when the user writes an email with Gmail or Yahoo they can click the WiseStamp button on their browser to insert their signature. WiseStamp also allows users to share their latest tweets, Etsy projects or blog posts.

Awesome Screenshot

This Chrome extension is particularly useful to PC users who need a quick way to take a screenshot, edit and save to the desktop in one smooth step. Awesome Screenshot allows the user to choose a particular area to screenshot on a webpage. The user will then be redirected to an editing site where they can annotate it with text, arrows, and blur sensitive information. Once they are satisfied with the edited screenshot they can save it to their desktop or share it through a link.


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Last Pass

There’s no need to stress over what password went with which site if you use Last Pass. This extension manages passwords and automatically fills online forms. Last Pass makes it easy and safe to import sensitive information from major password storage vendors to the user’s Last Pass extension. Now, when a user accesses their online estimating software they don’t need to dig through KeePass or documents to find the correct password and username because it will be readily accessible on their browser. 

Pocket

A clever name for a clever extension. Pocket allows the user to save online websites they wish to view later in their virtual pocket. The best part is that the information the user puts in Pocket can be accessed anywhere—phone, tablet, and laptop. 

Link Clump

Don’t waste time opening up links one at a time so they appear on a separate browser tab—get Link Clump! If a user wants to do a quick look through all the sites on a search engine page regarding organic lawn care, simple right click and drag the cursor so it highlights all the desired links. Link Clump will automatically open all those links in separate tabs for the user to view.

 


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Katie Elizabeth

Katie Elizabeth is a freelance blogger, content coordinator and communications grad student. She’s always on the lookout for the latest and greatest social media and tech tactics and thinking about the creative ways in which professionals can actually USE them. 

She’s worked in several different industries, including real estate, sustainability and career development. When she’s not writing or studying, she’s probably on her way to a concert or exploring flea markets and antique stores.

 

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