Chrome plans to add a feature so obvious, we wonder what took so long.
If you’ve ever downloaded a free app to use on your PC, it’s probably happened to you. The installation goes great, the program works as advertised (or doesn’t), but it isn’t until you open a browser window that the true cost of using that free app is realized. Freeware tools love to install obnoxious tool bars, search engine replacements, and the most insidious ones install extensions with missions completely unknown to the user. For applications like Skype this can add useful functionality such as click to dial, but more often than not, silently installed extensions do more harm than good. That’s why we were ecstatic to learn that Google is finally tackling the problem head on with Chrome 25, and will hopefully inspire the other major browser makers to take action as well.
Odds are that more than a few of you are running a little browser extension called AdBlock Plus. This software was originally developed to combat the obnoxious ads of yesteryear, but its developer says things have changed, and he now wants to use AdBlock to reward sites that run “non-invasive” ads. As a result, the default set up of AdBlock Plus will soon block fewer ads.
Most folks’ll tell you that a picture’s worth a thousand words. That said, a single dirty look can convey more disapproval, malaise and spite in an instant than any number of syllables can afford. When looking to convey your contempt online, don’t waste valuable time searching for words, turn to Look of Disapproval, our Browser Extension of the Week.
So you've dipped your toes in the Stream, started a news feed wildfire using only a Spark, and, well, hung out in Hangouts. Not bad – you've certainly jumped feet-first into the social world of Google+. But dabbling is not the same thing as mastering, young grasshopper; grab your Google Bar and let us be your sensei in the art of Google+-Fu.
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you’ll know that recent security concerns aside, we love us some Dropbox. Accessible via a dedicated desktop application or through the service’s web portal, Dropbox makes keeping your digital life in sync across multiple systems a breeze. For those of us who only access their Dropbox occasionally, the service’s desktop client might be a little much for us, especially since it’s set to startup with Windows by default. For the power users out there, we’re sure you’ll agree that rocking your files through the service’s web site kinda sucks. If you’re a Chrome user, there’s middle ground to be had thanks to a dedicated Dropbox extension that’s so easy to use we had to make it our Browser Extension of the Week.
In an age of rabid copyright lawyers, takedown orders and account seizures, it’s getting harder and harder to hold on to the web videos we love. While popular content can usually be found through other websites and users, tracking a new source down can be a pain. Fortunately, the aptly named Download YouTube Videos + is here to help you preserve your internet media treasures.
If you spend as much time on the internet as we do, you’ll have accumulated more online credentials than you can shake a whole rack of servers at. Being the web-savvy individual that you are, you no doubt know that choosing to secure all that personal data with anything as other than a complex, unique password, is asking for trouble. To keep track of all of the site credentials in your life, you can turn to hard drive bound solutions like 1Password and Keepass or you can rely on LastPass, our Browser Extension of the Week.
The newly-launched Safari Extension Gallery features 100 extensions across 16 categories, including social networking, search tools, shopping, and RSS tools. Besides being digitally signed by Apple, the add-ons are confined to a sandbox to guard against the possibility of the extensions posing a security threat.
The latest update also patches 15 vulnerabilities, including the recently discovered vulnerability in the browser's AutoFill feature, which could have been used by hackers to harvest personal data.