Useful Free Chrome Extensions That Can Improve Your Online Experience
Have you ever been using the Internet, doing work and trying to stay productive, and somehow you find yourself with 30 different tabs open because you "meant to get to this video" and you "will definitely get to reading this article later"? We've all been there, and this clutter can make productivity almost impossible if you can't find what you're looking for. We've compiled a list of 5 useful Google Chrome Extensions that you can use to help keep the clutter down, and save you from some stressful Internet experiences.
1. Pocket App
One of the most common situations we run into at the office is that we find a relevant/funny/useful article that is definitely worth reading, but through the course of the day, that article gets left open on a tab on our browser or gets lost in the clutter of the other relevant/funny/useful articles that we find until it ultimately gets closed out at the end of the day, never having been read. This can be frustrating and can present a missed opportunity if done often enough. The Pocket App is an extremely useful tool to save those articles across any of your devices to be read later. The key advantage to using Pocket is in it's cross-device functionality; that is, if you save an article from your browser at work, it will be available to you when you get home on you tablet or phone. That way, you get save some of that reading for your downtime, when you have more free time to get to it. And it's free!
2. Side Player
YouTube tutorials and workshops are helpful tools for learning new skills online. These tutorials give you the one-on-one instruction that can help you refine almost any skill. But one of the most frustrating parts of these online videos is the fact that if you want to watch video while following along step by step, you can't keep both windows open in the browser. Side Player is an app extension that allows you to do just that; you can close the YouTube tab on your browser and the video will still play so you don't lose space on your current page. It makes it easy to follow a video without having to deal with the clunkiness of having multiple tabs open.
We've definitely all run in to this situation; what is the password for this? With the frequency and reach of password hacks growing seemingly everyday, password protection and variation are an important part of cyber security. But we'll be the first to tell you how difficult it is to keep track of every password you set, for every different login that you have. 1Password is a plugin that makes it easy to keep all of your passwords in one place, and makes signing in to your most frequently visited and secure logins (online banking, etc.) easy and secure.
4. Coupons at Checkout
Part of the appeal of shopping online is how cost effective it is, and online coupons offer an additional treasure-trove of savings. The issue with online coupons is having to sift through all the SPAM, expired coupons, and coupons that don't work to get to ones that are worth it. The app Coupons at Checkout makes this process a lot easier for you by putting those coupons right in the coupon section at your checkout. You still have to find which coupon works best for your purchase, but in the end it can save you the time and hassle of searching for the best savings.
5. Lazarus: Form Recovery
Have you ever been filling out a form, and then your Internet crashes, and you lose all of the data that you just filled in? It's unbelievably frustrating, but also time consuming to continually re-enter your data for every form. Lazarus: Form Recovery autosaves everything you type so you can recover from browser crashes. Lazarus keeps your forms backed up so you don't have to worry about losing your spot filling out a form if you have Internet issues.
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