5 Chrome Extensions to protect Privacy and browse securely

Privacy, safety and security are the three most valued assets in the wide world of web. As such, it becomes imperative, irrespective of the web browser we use, that we try and protect out privacy online. Here is a list of some Chrome extensions that will help you safeguard your privacy and offer you a safe and secure browsing experience

Chrome Extensions Privacy

1. Click&Clean

An easy-to-use extension for Chrome with potential to work as a powerful private data Cleaner. It helps you hide or keep safe your browsing history and other private information from third party data collection and snooping.

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Houses many functions. It is thus advisable to first customize the options prior to just clicking the download or ‘Add to Chrome’ button. The System tab is simply a source to conveniently launch default system, applications and windows directly from your browser.

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Functions:

  • Scans PC for Malware
  • Delete your browsing history
  • Erases temporary files,
  • Clear cookies and Empty cache,
  • Delete client-side Web SQL Databases

Potential benefit – Watch flash videos offline, without being connected to the Internet! Get it here.

2. Personal Blocklist

This free Chrome extension powers you to block specific Web sites and domains from appearing in your search results. It transmits your user data and preferences when you block or unblock a particular address and updates them instantly. This way, it prevents or minimizes the tendency to get hits on sites that aren’t of any interest to you.

3. HTTPS Everywhere

Critical extension to install if private information you keep with your PC concerns you. The privacy-protecting browser extension, encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. It automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure “http” to secure “https” and protects you against many forms of surveillance and account hijacking, and some forms of censorship. HTTPS Everywhere is available for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.

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Potential problem –  causes Silverlight to crash in Amazon Instant Video. The extension must be disabled in order to watch videos. You’ll see a small icon that displays green for good, yellow for unsure, and red for unsafe. You’ll want to sign up for an account (it’s free) so you can set your warning notifications (Normal, Light, Off) and enable/disable reputation icons next to links.

4. Web Of Trust (WOT)

Helps you take an informed decision on visiting a website while you are busy searching something or surfing online. Flashes lights in 3 colors, indicating threat intensity.

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  1. Green – No threat
  2. Yellow – Doubtful or unsure
  3. Red – Unsafe to visit

You need to sign-up for using the service. More such Chrome Extensions for Safe Browsing here.

5. Script Defender

Script Defender is an extension for Google Chrome browser which let you block the unwanted scripts, plugins and other annoying page elements thereby protecting your web browser against malicious adware.

You can now decide which scripts will run on your browser and which won’t.

Let us know if you have any recommendations or favorites!

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.